Food Recipes Broccoli Soup With Cheddar Croutons Be the first to rate & review! This broccoli soup manages to be both comforting and healthful, thanks to the balance between decadence (cheddar croutons) and virtue (green veggies). By Ali Ramee Ali Ramee Ali Ramee has been developing and testing recipes for nearly a decade. Highlights: *Started out as a kitchen intern on America's Test Kitchen *Spent over two years as a line cook at Petit Crenn and FLOUR + WATER LLC *Spent two years as a sous chef and food stylist at Sun Basket *Is now a recipe tester at Meredith Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Published on October 7, 2020 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Caitlin Bensel Hands On Time: 15 mins Total Time: 40 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 heads broccoli with stems (about 1 lb. total) 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving 2 large leeks, cut into ¼-in. slices (about 2 cups) 1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-in. cubes 2 cups baby spinach ¼ cup sour cream 5 ounces sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1¼ cups), divided ¾ baguette (from an 8½-oz. loaf), cut into 12 (¼ in.) slices Freshly ground black pepper, for serving Directions Cut broccoli florets off stems; chop into 1-inch pieces. Peel stems and cut into ¼-inch slices. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high. Add broccoli stem slices, leeks, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Preheat oven to 375°F. Add 4 cups water, potatoes, spinach, broccoli florets, and remaining 2 teaspoons salt to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Blend soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in sour cream and ½ cup cheese. Top baguette slices with remaining ¾ cup cheese. Bake until cheese is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Top soup with croutons, pepper, and a drizzle of oil. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 23g Fat 67g Carbs 19g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 % Daily Value * Total Fat 23g 29% Saturated Fat 10g 50% Cholesterol 48mg 16% Sodium 1956mg 85% Total Carbohydrate 67g 24% Dietary Fiber 9g 32% Total Sugars 11g Protein 19g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.