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Creamy Cheddar Soup

Creamy Cheddar Soup

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup chopped cauliflower (about 1/4 small head)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups no-salt-added chicken broth or cooking stock
1/2 cup reduced-fat (2%) evaporated milk
12 tablespoons reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
8 tablespoons finely chopped green onions, divided

Directions

Roast the peppers (can do 2-3 days ahead): Preheat your toaster oven to Broil and line the baking tray with foil. Place the bell peppers on the tray and roast, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened in places, 30-40 minutes. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool. With a paring knife, remove the skin, stems, and seeds. Finely chop peppers.

In a large nonstick saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, cauliflower, and garlic and cook, stirring, until vegetables are lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add broth or stock and evaporated milk; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes.

Carefully transfer to a food processor or blender. Add half of the reserved roasted peppers (about one cup) and puree until smooth. Return to the pot and add the remaining roasted peppers; bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in 6 tablespoons of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the green onions, stirring just until cheese melts.

Ladle into 6 serving bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon each of the remaining cheese and green onions.

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6

Servings

20 minutes

Prep Time

1 hour
10 minutes
(50 min for roasting peppers)

Cook Time


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 140        
Fat 4.5 g
Sat Fat 1.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 260 mg
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 3 g
Protein 10 g
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