Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup

When I read about new “healthy” ingredients that “taste just like” something I love… I get a little suspicious.

Perfect example:  Spaghetti Squash.  While it has the shape of pasta, it’s just not pasta AT ALL.  Another is Greek yogurt.  Yep, that’s not sour cream either…

While I tend to be suspicious and sometimes I don’t like the product, I do try it.  The same was true when I first heard about nutritional yeast.

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The texture, to me, reminds me of goldfish food.  It’s flaky and yellow in color.  I’m not sure how this stuff ends up tasting cheesy, but it does.  I first use it in making Nosh and Nourish’s Garlicky Kale Chips, and today’s recipe is OFFICIALLY my favorite way to use nutritional yeast.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve never really had potato soup before, and I’m kicking myself for not eating it until now!  Actually, maybe it’s better that I haven’t tried the full fat, full calorie version.  I’ll stick to this one, instead!

I LOVE mashed potatoes, and this soup to me tastes like cheesy, creamy mashed potatoes… topped with yummy toppings!  I’ve made this recipe TWICE already, I’m such a fan of it.  And, I’ve got ingredients to make a third  batch this week.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup

Adapted from Healthy Happy Life

Serves 3

INGREDIENTS

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For the Soup

1 large russet potato, peeled/roughly chopped
2-3 cups broccoli (mostly florets)
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
fresh black pepper to taste

For the Garnish
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 small tomato, diced (I used cherry tomatoes)
cayenne pepper + smoked paprika

More Toppings
3 slices precooked bacon, sliced green onions, cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Boil a large pot of water and a few pinches of salt, enough water to cover the potatoes and broccoli.

2. Prep your veggies. Toss your potato into the boiling water. Cover.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake
3. After about 5 minutes, add in the broccoli and continue boiling until veggies are tender. Remove from heat. Drain water.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake
Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake
4. Saute the chopped onion until it caramelizes – add some salt and pepper and a dash of cayenne and smoked paprika to enhance the flavor.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Toss in the tomato.  Turn off heat. 

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake
6.  Mix the milk, broth, and yeast in a small bowl.  Whisk to combine.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Place the potato, broccoli, and milk mixture back into the pot you used to cook the potatoes. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Note: Blend with extreme caution since contents will be quite hot.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

8. To serve, place 1 cup of the soup in your favorite bowl.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

9.  Add one piece of crumbled pre-cooked bacon, prepared per package instructions.  Note:  I use this precooked bacon because it’s incredibly easy to add to recipes.  Use what type of bacon you prefer.  Center-cut or turkey bacon are great substitutes as well.

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

10.  Add a heaping tablespoon of the tomato-onion mixture. 

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Healthy Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 cup soup + 1 Tbsp. tomato-onion mixture + 1 slice bacon:

CAL 171; CARB 28g; FAT 3g; PROT 12g; FIB 5g; WW Points Plus: 4

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Comments

  1. Emily says:

    let me just express my extreme jealousy for your immersion blender! I don’t have one, so I had to do mine in a food processor in batches. Talk about a MESS! It did the trick, though. I bet a Vitamix would have made this even more dreamy and creamy … mmmmmm.

    Cheers! <3

    • nothankstocake says:

      LOL… I totally understand your immersion blender envy. I’ve only had it a year. I use my “Christmas Wish List” to expand my kitchen appliances. (Yes, I’m that girl!) And this was a Christmas present last year. While I don’t use it all that often, it is OH-SO-HANDY when I need it! I wish I had one of the colored ones now that they have them… but it’s me and good ol’ white for now :)

  2. Lisa says:

    I don’t really understand nutritional yeast…what is it’s purpose? Is it a health benefit?? So confused, lol!!!

  3. kristine says:

    Nutritional yeast is also interesting sprinkled on popcorn (altho i think it would only work well if you sprayed the popcorn with something, and I prefer it air popped plain pretty well!) But I bought mine for Kale chips, like you said you started on it. :)

  4. Patty says:

    Looks so yummy. I’ve never tried nutritional yeast but I will if it tastes like cheese!

  5. I’m seriously gonna have to give this yeast a chance, tastes like cheese? Yes please.

    And I need an immersion blender, time to go on Amazon!

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