When it comes to soup, broccoli cheddar soup is sure to be one of the most popular varieties. However, when bought at popular restaurants, this soup can provide over half a daily serving of sodium in just one serving. This can be a big issue for seniors monitoring their sodium for a variety of health conditions.
This lower-sodium broccoli cheddar soup recipe provides all the delicious flavors of a favorite soup with one-fourth the sodium content. Caregivers can use soups like this one as a meal prep tool, cooking it once and reheating it for an older adult’s lunch, dinner or even a snack.
Prep time: 35 minutes
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
- 1 carrot, thinly chopped or julienned
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1½ cups mild or sharp cheddar cheese
- Dash of cayenne or crushed red pepper (optional)
- In a large pot, heat oil and add garlic and onion. Sauté until fragrant and translucent.
- Add flour and stir. Cook for about one minute.
- Add broccoli, carrot pieces and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 12 minutes.
- Add heavy cream, cheese and spices, and stir until cheese is melted and the ingredients are mixed.
Per serving*: 260 calories; fat 22g; saturated fat 11g; cholesterol 60mg; sodium 270mg; carbohydrate 9g; fiber 1g; total sugars 2g; added sugars 0g; protein 9g; vitamin D 69%DV; calcium 18%DV; iron 4%DV; potassium 4%DV
*Please note: Nutrition variation may occur due to ingredient sourcing and measurement variations.