Keto-Friendly Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Okay, I love soup. I love it loaded with cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and all the ooey-gooey deliciousness that comes with the comfort of soup. Here is my version of a Keto-Friendly Broccoli and Cheese Soup.
Yet, there is Big Daddy.
He is determined to work on his health. I mean, not necessarily to lose weight, to eat better to see what could be causing his joints to hurt. So, I’m taking some family favorites and attempting to revamp some recipes.
Please bear in mind that I do not use measurements. I do a base, and I taste to see if it needs any more seasoning, cheese, thickening agent, etc. This dish is also low carb. Also, I did do this in the instant pot!
1 bag of frozen cut-up broccoli
1 bag of frozen broccoli florets
2 T. butter
1/2 large onion
Cheddar (I think I used about 3 cups)
2 oz. cream cheese
4 heaping tablespoons of sour cream
1 c. heavy cream
8 slices of crispy bacon, chopped up
Get your bacon in the oven. Once done, chop it up! Be sure and save the bacon grease in a mason jar. You can always use a parmesan cheese lid to screw on it if you don’t have a mason jar lid.
Saute up the butter, garlic, and onion until the onion is translucent. Add the chopped-up broccoli and about 3 cups of water. I put it in the instant pot and set it to the “soup” mode. Once it was done, I did a quick release, took my potato masher, and mashed up the cooked broccoli. This helps thicken the soup.
Once that was done, I added some chicken stock. I didn’t want it too soupy, so I eyeballed it. Then, I added the heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream, and seasoning. I got that all mixed up and taste-tested it. Once I had an excellent seasoning/chicken broth/water ratio, I added in the cheddar cheese.
Lastly, I cut up the HUGE pieces of broccoli florets and threw them in the pot. I put the lid back on and set it on “manual” for about 3 minutes, but for the most part, the hot liquid cooked the broccoli. It would be wrong if it were undercooked or overcooked.
Last but not least, I added the bacon.
This broth was spot on, and I was shocked at the ability of the mushed of the first bag of broccoli and the cream cheese to thicken it up so nicely. I could get naked and swim in that broth 🙂 That was too much, wasn’t it :/