Thursday, October 25, 2012

Broccoli Mac and Cheese Soup

There is something about cheese and broccoli pairing so well together. I just love it. Then when you turn it onto a soup it's even better now add some pasta and boo-ya! Heaven on a spoon. I am a self admitted cheese-acholic as well as having many other acholics. This is a less fat version of the norm. Lord knows there are a ton of calories in the regular stuff you would get in a restaurant. It perfect for this time of year to warm you right up.

4 oz dry elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp light butter
2 tbsp flour
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup 2%milk
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp dry mustard
*salt and fresh pepper to taste
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces
1-1/2 cups  low fat shredded sharp cheddar
2 tbsp parmesan cheese

Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
Chop onion, and garlic. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt light butter.  Add onion and garlic and sauté on low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add flour and fresh pepper to the pot and stir until smooth. Slowly add chicken broth, milk, nutmeg and dry mustard powder; whisking constantly.  Set heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil. Cover and cook on low about 10-15 minutes. Add broccoli florets, parmesan cheese, and stir well. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered until broccoli is cooked. About 5-10 minutes. Add cheddar, mixing well until cheese melts and immediately remove from heat. Add cooked elbows and mix well, adjust salt and pepper if needed.

*adapted from SkinnyTaste

**Shared over at Love Bakes Good Cakes, Weekend Potluck, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Foodie Friday


  1. Yum. Definitely one of my favorite soup flavor combinations!

    1. Thanks Anita! Congrats on being features on Tasty Kitchen by Erika!

  2. So smart to just add macaroni to broccoli cheddar soup - what a perfect pairing! :)

  3. This is definitely my kind of soup. Just love the combination of ingredients. Sounds so delicious.