Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Broccoli Cheese Soup – A super comforting and easy soup that you can get on the table in minutes.  Great for those chilly nights! 

I love when soup season rolls around.  There is just something about a comforting bowl of Corn Chowder that makes the day better.  We eat a lot of soup during the winter here, so I am always trying to mix it up.  We all love Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese so why not try Panera Broccoli Cheese soup?

And what goes better with soup than bread, right?  These Easy Biscuits are perfect for with this soup.  Or if you can pick up a baguette from the store on the way home, that is delicious too!  But soup is pretty much an excuse to eat bread in my mind.

A bowl of broccoli cheese soup with spoon

 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe comes together on the stove top, and is ready in about 30 minutes.  It is really easy to make any night of the week. 
  • It would be super easy to make in the crock pot as well. You would just put the ingredients in and let it cook on low all day.  Before you serve you would make the butter and flour mixture on the stove top and just add to the soup to help thicken it.  Mix in the cheese to melt it and you would be done!
  • You can also leave this soup completely as is, or blend it if you want a thicker and creamier soup.  I personally like to take about half of the soup and blend it. Then add it back and it helps to thicken the soup and make it extra delicious.  It also makes it a little easier to eat, because you aren’t only eating chunks of broccoli. 
  • If you have picky kids, blending it helps disguise the broccoli and they will eat more of it! And give them some dinner rolls along side, and they will be happy kids!
A bowl of broccoli cheese soup with cheese on top

What You’ll Need

  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Chicken Broth
  • Half and Half
  • Broccoli
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Cheddar Cheese

I like to use half and half in this recipe so that it is a little lighter and not so heavy. But you can use whole milk, heavy cream or whatever type of milk product that you like!

A bowl of broccoli cheese sou with cheese

How to make Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot and sauté the onions.  I like to do this over a medium heat so the onions get nice and soft without getting browned.
  2. Mix in your garlic and carrots. Take a shortcut from the store here and use the shredded carrots that come in the bag.  So easy to just dump them in.
  3. The flour is then added and cooked for a few minutes.  You want to make sure to let is cook for a few minutes to get rid of that raw flour taste.
  4. Whisk in the liquids and get all the flour clumps broken up and the broth is smooth.
  5. The rest is easy!  Just add the broccoli and seasoning and let it simmer.
  6. Here you can decide if you want to blend some of the soup to help make it creamy or not.
  7. Then mix in the cheese and you are done.  Let the cheese melt and you are ready to serve!

Storage

This is a great soup that you can make ahead. It will last in the fridge for 4-5 days. Store in an airtight container and then reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Because there are no noodles like my Spaghetti and Meatball soup that soaks up all the broth, you can easily freeze or just refrigerate the leftovers for a few days.

Freezing – this soup freezes really well! You can freeze in individual portions to make lunches or dinners easy or freeze a large portion. Let it thaw in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or stovetop.

What Goes With Broccoli Cheese Soup

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4.95 from 20 votes

Broccoli Cheese Soup

By Erin
Broccoli Cheese Soup – A super comforting and easy soup that you can get on the table in minutes.  Great for those chilly nights! 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar

Instructions 

  • Melt butter in large stock pot over medium heat.  Add onion and saute for 5 minutes until onions are soft.
  • Add carrots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Mix in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk in broth and half and half until smooth.
  • Add broccoli, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until broccoli is tender. 
  • Carefully remove about 1/2 of the soup and blend until smooth. Pour back into the pot and stir until blended.  This step is optional. 
  • Stir in cheese and stir until it is melted.   Serve immediately

Notes

Adapted from All Recipes

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1034mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 511
Keyword: broccoli cheese soup
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16 Comments

  1. This is one of my favorite soups to make. The cheese and broccoli together are so great, especially when you serve it with some croutons.