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Two hearty soup recipes to warm you this winter


The weather outside may be frightful, but you can keep warm on the inside with these two hearty winter soup recipes.

1. Easiest Broccoli Soup EVER

  • From
  • Serves 2


  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan. Add water to just below bottom of insert. Bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, cover pot. Steam broccoli until fork-tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer broccoli to blender, allowing to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place milk, Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese in blender. Start blender, using several quick pulses, then put it on puree. Or use a stick blender and puree in a bowl.

2. Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup

  • From Cooking Light
  • Serves 6 (⅔ cup)


  • 4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons (1-inch) slices fresh chives
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Combine first 5 ingredients in a roasting pan or jelly-roll pan; toss well. Bake 50 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Place half of squash mixture and half of broth in a blender. Remove blender lid plug to allow steam to escape. Place clean towel over opening. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into large saucepan. Repeat with remaining squash mixture and broth. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until heated. Top with chives and pepper, if desired.

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