A very nostalgic dish for me, I just had to lighten it up! Using beans adds tremendous creaminess without adding excessive amounts of cheese!
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 cups broccoli
1 1/2 cups broth
2/3 cup cheddar
2 tsp garlic
1 cup onions
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups spinach
1 cup water
1 can of white beans
Combine all ingredients into a pot over medium high heat.
Bring to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer. Cover and allow to simmer for 20–25 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.
Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to puree, or blend in batches in a processor/blender.
Return to the pot and add an additional 1/2-1 cup of water if the soup is too thick.
Devour warm! Top with chives and additional cheese/broccoli if desired.
Serving: 1/2 cup
yields 3 cups servings