When I ran across Chef #55221's recipe for Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Soup, I thought it sounded like something my family would love. Being on a "lower fat" diet, there was no way I could make it as written though. I was really pleased with how well the recipe modified to meet my dietary needs. It was still rich and delicious, and everyone loved it. Here is my lightened up version.
- 1⁄4 cup chopped sweet onion
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced (1/2 Tbls)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup light butter
- 3⁄4 cup flour, divided
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 quart fat-free half-and-half
- 1 1⁄2 cups reduced-fat parmesan cheese, cheese topping
- 2 cups water
- 16 ounces broccoli florets, prepared
- 3 cups boneless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1 dash nutmeg (optional)
- 6 ounces farfelle bow tie pasta, cooked according to package directions
- In a heavy stockpot over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add light butter and 1/4 cup flour and cook, stirring, for another 2-3 minutes until bubbly. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour to a small amount of chicken broth and stir to remove lumps. Gradually whisk in flour and broth combo, plus remaining chicken broth and half & half; cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.
- Meanwhile, steam broccoli (I use the steamer bag in the microwave) or cook broccoli in a separate pan with 2 cups of water just until form and not soft. Remove from heat and do not drain cooking water from broccoli.
- Add Parmesan cheese topping to soup-base in stockpot; cook over low heat, stirring, just until cheese is melted; add steamed broccoli and 2 cups of water (or cooked broccoli along with its cooking water), chicken, seasonings, and bow tie pasta to the stockpot; heat through.
What a fabulous recipe!! I've never had a soup like this before, so this was a wonderful treat. I couldn't make myself use the green-canned parmesan, so fresh full fat parm was put to good use. I also couldn't find light butter...regular went in. Nonetheless, each bite was full flavored and delicious. Thanks so much for lightening this version up for us, Marg. Mmmmm...
I made this soup with leftover roasted chicken and frozen broccoli florets. So good! I served it over some mini ziti pasta and my boyfriend just loved it. You'd never know it was low-fat.
This is a very rich and comforting soup that is great for a chilly day. I didn't have half-and-half on hand, so I substitute it with one cup heavy cream and two cups milk. The soup turned out to be a little thick than I like, so added more chicken broth to make it thinner. Final result was great!