Our secret ingredient cuts 19g of sat fat from classic broccoli-cheese soup.
Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup
Broccoli-cheese soup is a cold-weather remedy that hits all the right notes—creamy, cheesy, and soothing, a comfort that warms you from the belly out. The classic version is a near 500-calorie indulgence of not only cheese, but also butter and cream, providing a day's worth of sat fat in one serving.
We made several trade-offs in our lightened version, but we drew the line with the cheese. A nifty little trick with instant brown rice made our cheesy wishes come true. When overcooked in chicken stock, the rice becomes silky, savory, and soft—perfect for a puree when blended with low-fat milk. The result is a thick, nutty, whole-grain "cream" that eliminates the need for heavy cream, butter, or refined white flour, leaving room for plenty of cheese.