Broccoli cheese soup was easily on the list when I read it had seven ingredients, most of which are optional. No cream in this soup, and it can easily be made vegan if the cheese is omitted. Frankly, adding the cheese inside was pointless because I didn't taste it over the broccoli. Instead, I'd just add it to the top and serve with grilled cheese (like I did) to really take advantage of the cheesy goodness.
I liked it, but it's obviously not the fatty Panera Bread kind. Though if you want that, just add cream, right? It was a great way to get in those veggies and a yummy dipper for my grilled cheese. I made this exactly on recipe and added 1/4 tsp. of dry mustard because I have a slight obsession with it.
Oh, and because the kiddo was napping, I totally schlepped my blender of broccoli + other ingredients down to the basement so I wouldn't wake him. I'm one of those moms now. I guess the basement is good for something... being a buffer zone for high-powered blenders that sound like lawnmowers.