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Broccoli Cheese Soup – Tastes Better from Scratch

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My Mom’s delicious Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is better than a restaurant and made with real cheddar cheese and tons of hidden vegetables.

Try some more soup recipes! I love Chicken Enchilada Soup, Clam Chowder, and Classic Homemade Chili!

Broccoli cheese soup served in a bowl with a spoon.

There are a few soups that my mom made growing up that have had my heart for years, and this Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of them! (Her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and famous Gumbo, also make the list!)

Years ago when I was a new mother and cooking for my family I made her walk me through the recipe, step-by-step, so I could document it for all of us (she never uses a recipe). I hope you all love it as much as I do!

What makes it unique? The shredded potato and other hidden veggies. The shredded potato adds texture, creaminess and flavor. This is a hearty soup, but healthier than most recipes you’ll find, and I’ve included additional tips below to make it even healthier.

Broccoli Cheese Soup Ingredients:

  • Vegetable broth: Using vegetable broth keeps the soup vegetarian, but you could use chicken broth. I love better than bouillon vegetable base, which is also a great way to add flavor at the end of cooking the soup, if you feel it needs it. You can find it at your local grocery store or Walmart.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, celery, Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, broccoli, yellow onion: this soup is full of vegetables to give it an awesome texture and taste! The grated potato cooks down so you don’t notice it but it ends up giving an extra depth and creaminess to the broth. I grate the potatoes with the skin on, but you can peel them first.
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Half and half: regular or fat-free
  • Whole milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese: Good quality sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature, will taste the best and melt smoothly. Freshly shredded cheese is a ESSENTIAL! The pre-shredded kind will not melt very well, or taste as good.

How to Make Broccoli Cheese Soup:

Prep Ingredients: Grate or chop vegetables. Shred cheese and set aside to allow it to come to room temperature.

Make Soup: Add vegetable broth to a large soup pot over medium heat. Add carrots, celery and potatoes. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 3-5 minutes.

Chopped and shredded vegetable cooking in a soup pot with broth.

Add Broccoli: Add chopped broccoli and simmer for another minute or two, depending on how chunky or fine you chopped it. Remove from heat.

Fresh broccoli florets added to a soup pot with cooked veggies and broth.

Sauté Onion: In a separate skillet over medium heat, sauté onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender and lightly browned. Add onion to pot with vegetables.

Chopped onion sautéing in a skillet.

Make Roux: Add remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in ¼ c. flour and stir well to make a roux.

Add Half and Half: Pour in half and half and milk, one cup at a time, stirring constantly. Cook roux, stirring continually with whisk until thickened, smooth, and bubbly. Season well with salt and pepper.Slowly add rue to the pot of cooked vegetables, stirring carefully to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.

Two process photos of making a roux for soup, from butter and flour.

Add Cheese: Remove from heat and add grated cheese, stirring until melted. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper or vegetable bouillon base, to taste, if needed.

Freshly shredded cheddar cheese added to a pot of broccoli soup.

Serve: These Homemade Bread Bowls take this meal to the next level!

A bread bowl with broccoli cheese soup and a spoon in it.

Storage and Freezing Instructions:

To Store: Pour in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in microwave or on stovetop.

To Freeze: Place in a freezer safe container before adding the roux, milk, and cream (otherwise the half and half may separate upon reheating and the soup could develop a slightly grainy texture).

Recipe Variations:

  • Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup: Use leaner milk and half and half. I have used fat free half and half with great results and low fat milk works well, the broth is not as creamy.
  • Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Add broth and all veggies to the instant pot. Cook on high pressure/manual for 2 minutes. Quick release steam. Cook roux in a separate skillet and add to the pot. Stir in cheddar cheese. 
  • Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup: Add broth and all vegetables to the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. Cook roux in a separate skillet and add to the pot. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese. 

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Recipe

  • Prepare vegetables by grating or chopping. Shred cheese and set aside to allow it to come to room temperature.

  • Add vegetable broth to a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery and potatoes, cover pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 3-5 minutes.

  • Add chopped broccoli and simmer for another minutes or two, depending on how chunky or fine you chopped it. Remove from heat.

  • In a separate skillet over medium heat, sauté onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender and lightly browned.

  • Add onion to pot with vegetables. Add remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the skillet, over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in ¼ c. flour and stir well to make a roux.

  • Add the half and half and milk, one cup at a time, stirring constantly. Cook roux, stirring continually with whisk until thickened, smooth and bubbly. Season well with salt and pepper.

  • Slowly add rue to the pot of cooked vegetables, stirring carefully to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and add grated cheese, stirring until melted. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper or vegetable bouillon base, to taste, if needed.
Broth: Using vegetable broth keeps the soup vegetarian, but you could use chicken broth. I love better than bouillon vegetable base, which is also a great way to add flavor at the end of cooking the soup, if you feel it needs it. You can find it at your local grocery store or Walmart. Storage Instructions: Pour in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in microwave or on stovetop. Freezing Instructions: Place in a freezer safe container before adding the roux, milk, and cream (otherwise the half and half may separate upon reheating and the soup could develop a slightly grainy texture). Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup: Use leaner milk and half and half. I have used fat free half and half with great results and low fat milk works well, the broth is just not as creamy. Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Add broth and all veggies to the instant pot. Cook on high pressure/manual for 2 minutes. Quick release steam. Cook roux in a separate skillet and add to the pot. Stir in cheddar cheese.  Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup: Add broth and all vegetables to the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. Cook roux in a separate skillet and add to the pot. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese. 

Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 16gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 761mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4168IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 461mgIron: 1mg

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This post was originally shared September 2019. Updated January 2022.


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