Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Yield: 6 servings 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
2 cups 1 percent milk
2 pounds broccoli, stalks removed and florets chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 medium carrot, grated
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
3 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the chopped onion and cook until it’s softened, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the cauliflower and cook until softened, about 7 minutes more.  Add the milk and season with salt and pepper. Use an immersion hand blender to puree the mixture until it’s smooth and creamy (or transfer mixture to a food processor to purée).
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the broccoli and shredded carrots and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until veggies are softened, about 5 – 7 minutes.  Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, then adjust  the heat to a light simmer. Stir in the dijon, honey, and paprika.  Turn off the heat.  Carefully stir in the cauliflower purée and the shredded cheddar.  Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

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