Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 9
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 reduced-sodium chicken bouillon cubes or vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 cups frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, bouillon cubes, vegetables, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Combine the flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into the soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add the salsa; cook and stir until heated through. Yield: 9 servings (about 2 quarts).
  3. Nutrition Facts: 1 cup equals 143 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 856 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.
I usually do not like chunky soups...but this one is really good. I guess I could puree it next time...might like it even more then. The salsa that I added was spicy...gave it a great flavor. Overall, a very easy, fast and flavorful soup. Will be great on a chilly fall evening. Serving sizes are small...more like 4 servings for me rather than the 9 specified...I guess if you were eating a sandwich with it, 1 cup would be enough.