This soup is terrific for those of us watching our carb intake. It's flavorful and wonderfully creamy even though it contains absolutely no milk or cream. The soup is also great for ovo-lacto vegetarians with the cheese garnish and straight vegetarians by leaving the cheese out.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; once the oil is hot, reduce heat to low. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot oil until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broccoli, season with salt and pepper, and stir. Pour vegetable broth and lemon juice into the pot.

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  • Loosely cover the pot and simmer the mixture until the broccoli is tender, about 25 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Garnish with Cheddar cheese to serve.

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Cook's Note:

If you don't have an immersion blender you can also use a traditional blender, but BE CAREFUL AND DO THIS IN SMALL BATCHES! The heat and steam could cause your blender's top to fly off and leave you burned and messy. I know this from experience with another soup.

Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 13.4g 4% DV; fat 3.6g 6% DV; cholesterol 3.7mg 1% DV; sodium 420.5mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2020
I loved this soup. I made it in the crockpot, on high for about an hour then on low for a bit. I didn’t have lemon juice so I used lime juice and it worked fine. I also doubled the salt. I added a dash of paprika and a dash of chili powder. I also chose not to purée the soup, and leave it chunky. I preferred the texture this way, and it kept the soup feeling light. It is so tasty. I kept it low carb, but you could add some rice or pasta to this soup and it would be nice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2016
Too much lemon. I was the only one that ate but I enjoyed it!!! Will play around with the ingredients! Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2020
I loved this soup. I made it in the crockpot, on high for about an hour then on low for a bit. I didn’t have lemon juice so I used lime juice and it worked fine. I also doubled the salt. I added a dash of paprika and a dash of chili powder. I also chose not to purée the soup, and leave it chunky. I preferred the texture this way, and it kept the soup feeling light. It is so tasty. I kept it low carb, but you could add some rice or pasta to this soup and it would be nice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/09/2016
Too much lemon. I was the only one that ate but I enjoyed it!!! Will play around with the ingredients! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2019
just want to know were they get such a high carb count from Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2016
This came out great. I threw in some left over cooked cauliflower too and it was great. I used 1/8 cup lemon juice and it was great. It gave it a nice flavor. Will definitely be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2019
I added a few tablespoons of lime juice rather than the lemon juice. Also added a stalk of celery and a carrot. We loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2018
I made this for my family and everyone loved it. My kids who don't particularly like broccoli not only loved this soup they asked for seconds. I calculated the ingredients I used and each serving (if your pot makes 6 servings) is approximately 15 grams of net carbs. This recipe will definitely be added to the monthly rotation! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2017
Very delicious but I skipped the lemon juice entirely and added two stalks of celery. I chopped two heads of broccoli...not sure how much they weighed but it wasn't too thin. Was delicious without the cheese. Will skip salt in the future as well. Love how low calorie this is. Amazing recipe-- well done! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2018
I made some changes to this recipe because it didn t seem hearty enough. I added chicken cream and cheese after cooking the broccoli and onion in a slow cooker for four hours. I found it more filling and flavorful after. Fair warning when you cook just the broccoli and onion it smells really bad. It smelled and tasted better after blending and adding the cream and cheese. Probably will top with more cheese and it can certainly stand to hold more chicken as well. Read More