Southern Broccoli Cheese Chowder

As the weather continues to transition to chilly at night, I constantly crave soup.  I really enjoyed the French Onion Soup I made the other day, and today I decided to make a soup with my favorite vegetable, broccoli. Since I was a kid, I have loved broccoli, as my mom made it so yummy with soy sauce. Today, I am making it a different way in a delicious, figure-friendly chowder. The chowder has a light kick of cayenne pepper, which really sets it off with a savoring flavor. Living in the south, I tend to want most of my foods to be spicy, so I call this recipe a southern chowder. I ate this with a side of toasted bread topped with  Creamy Garlic and Thyme Spread, which is awesome for any meal.

Ingredients 

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, or white wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
28 ounces reduced-sodium chicken broth
8 ounces broccoli crowns, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation  
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring often, until the onion and celery soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add potato and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour, dry mustard and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in broccoli. Simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes more. Transfer 2 cups of the chowder to a bowl and mash. Return to the pan.
  • Stir in Cheddar and sour cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the chowder is heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt, black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Servings: 6 of 1 cup each.
Calories: About 300 per serving.

Based on a recipe from eatingwell.com

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