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Healthier Cheddar Broccoli Soup

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As much as I love buying fresh veggies at the farmer’s market, with colder weather and winter approaching it isn’t always easy (or affordable!) to find your favorite fruits and veggies. Luckily when that happens, I know I can turn to frozen fruits and vegetables to get the same nutritional punch. That’s why today I am excited to team up with the Frozen Food Foundation to share a delicious recipe for Healthier Broccoli Cheddar Soup made with frozen broccoli and to clear up some common misconceptions about frozen food based on a recent University of California, Davis study.

Let’s talk about frozen fruits and vegetables for a minute. Contrary to popular belief, a University of California, Davis study revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally as rich in nutrients, and often more so, than their fresh counterparts. They found that freezing is basically nature’s “pause button.” When produce is picked at its peak ripeness, this locks in nutrient value meaning it is just as healthy as when it fresh.

Moreover, buying frozen produce can help to reduce costs and save time. Frozen produce is often much less expensive than “out of season” fresh produce and there is no worrying about your produce spoiling before you use it. It’s also much more convenient in some recipes. For example, in today’s Broccoli Soup recipe not having to wash and chop 6 cups of broccoli florets saved lots of prep time and cost about half as much.

Now let’s talk about this soup! It’s packed with delicious broccoli and cheddar flavor but without all the fat and calories. Typically broccoli and cheese soup is packed with cream and more cheese than necessary. To cut calories, save time, and add nutrients – in this recipe we use extra frozen broccoli, evaporated skim milk, and just 1 cup of extra sharp, full flavor cheddar cheese to create lots of flavor. This recipe freezes great so make up a big batch.

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  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 U onion, chopped
  • 1 U carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 U celery rib, chopped
  • 4 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 oz. frozen broccoli florets
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup canned evaporated nonfat milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238
Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 31mg
Sodium 968mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 8g
Protein 14g


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until tender.
  2. Add the broccoli and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until broccoli is tender.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the milk and cheese. Stir continuously until cheese melts. Blend half of the soup and add it back to the pot. This creates a creamier consistency.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
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