Broccoli Cheese Soup

I don’t know about you but on those cold, dark, dreary nights, nothing tastes as good as a warm bowl of soup. A few nights ago, I decided to make this for dinner since my family was just getting over colds and still not feeling 100% and it was a cold evening. Surprisingly, my kids went crazy over it. They were spooning the broccoli into their mouths so fast, I was one happy mama. My oldest even asked for seconds. Definitely perfect for all the winter nights ahead!!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

 

Directions:

  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan/dutch oven.
  2. Add in the onion and saute for about 4 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Sprinkle flour on to onions and cook 2-3 minutes, or until no more lumps appear.
  4. Add in the milk and vegetable broth.
  5. Bring to a rapid boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer about 15 minutes.
  6. Add in broccoli and carrots.
  7. Cook 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  8. Add salt, pepper, hot sauce, and cheese, and stir until cheese is melted.
  9. Serve warm!!

 

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2 years 6 months ago

LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! No more waiting til it’s the “Soup du Jour”, @ the restaurant, sides, theirs is’nt nearly as tasty, accompanied by a crusty, butter-slathered hunk of rustic grain bread, & all’s well in MY world…

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

How many servings does this make?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

This will make about 6 servings, possibly more depending on size of portions :)

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Can you use Half and Half instead go whole mile?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Yep, that works too :)

Latisha Crandall
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2 years 6 months ago

What kind of hot sauce would you suggest?

JoAnn
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JoAnn
2 years 6 months ago

If I wanted to make this gluten free, is there another thickener you’d suggest?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

I love using Cholula Hot Sauce, but any will work :)

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Hmmm, I would try using corn starch as a substitute :)

Judy Cohen
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2 years 6 months ago

I always stock up on frozen diced onions and broccoli florets….can I go from frozen or must it be fresh?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Frozen works great too :)
Just thaw it a bit before using it in the soup!!! Enjoy!!

Karina Mondragon
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2 years 6 months ago

Do you cook on oven or stove top?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Stove top, over medium heat :)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

What about a cooking this using a crockpot ?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Yep! You could do that too! Just add everything in and cook on low for about 5-6 hours :)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

What about using chicken broth?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Yes, you can use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth, just be sure to remove any fat from the chicken broth prior to using :)

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Can you use 2% milk instead of whole milk?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Yes, 2% works too :)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Do I have to use chedder cheese or can I use colby jack or american cheese n will it taste just as good

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

I’ve never used other cheese so I’m not sure. It may change the taste up but it should work the same :)

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

What about using the Campbells chedder cheese in a can instead of shredded

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Hmmmm, I’ve never considered that, but I’m sure it would work. You would probably want to use two cans. :)
Let us know how it turns out if you try it that way!

jaguares142003
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2 years 6 months ago

Does it have to be kosher salt?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Nope, any kind will work :)

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Im going to make 30 servings of this tomorrow because my whole family has the flu.

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Awwww, hope this tastes good to you guys and hope you all get to feeling better soon! Darn flu bug is not fun :(

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Yea I think I will try it with da can cheese n ill let u no how it turns out bc im thinking about making it tomorrow…thanks for da recipe :-)

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Oh yum!!! Can’t wait to hear what you think using the canned cheese :)

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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

It’s a cold in New England tonight so I made this for my family. We all LOVED it! I’m already thinking of when I should make it again. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Yea!!! So glad it was a hit with you all! It’s my favorite soup!! Yum :)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

This soup tastes great, I made it the other night. What am I doing wrong when the cheese sauce has a grainy texture?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Cheese needs to be melted at a low temperature, and stirred constantly. If heat is too high, it can break down the cheese causing grainy texture. Did you cook on low? Other than too high of heat or not stirring enough, I’m not sure why that would happen. So sorry that happened to you :(

Jenny from Minnesota
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Jenny from Minnesota
2 years 6 months ago

I cooked on medium heat and stirred constantly. Next time I will use low heat. Thank you for your reply.

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

No problem! I hope that helps! Keep us posted! :)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Should it be salted or unsalted butter?

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

I used unsalted :)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 years 6 months ago

Why hot sauce? I seen someone else put a dash of nutmeg in it

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 6 months ago

Hot Sauce just adds a slight kick to it, more for additional flavor then anything :)
I’ve seen nutmeg used too and that’s just to add a slight sweetness to it :)
Either way is yummy!!!

Andrea
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Andrea
2 years 5 months ago

I made this with about half of the broccoli required, and it was broccoli overload. The first few bites were good, but I just couldn’t finish it. I think this would be better as a side (think cup-sized portions) than a main dish.

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Anonymous
2 years 5 months ago

Made this soup last night and I am questioning whether the 1 1/2 lbs of broccoli was correct? Way too much! Should it have been 1 1/2 C. maybe? Made it exactly like the recipe and ended up making another batch without the broccoli and carrots and adding it to what I already had. It was then perfect and delicious! I will make again.

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 5 months ago

Yeah, some of my friends that have had this like it as a side dish as well :)
We love broccoli, so its always a main dish in our house :)

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 5 months ago

Hmmm, the lb is correct over the cup, however, it depends on the size of the fresh broccoli stalks as we usually get about 2- 2 1/2 cups out of 1 1/2 lbs and it ends up being perfect for us. It depends on preference for sure though :)

Pam Morton-Durham, NC
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Pam Morton-Durham, NC
2 years 5 months ago

I am making this today. I added 4 med sized russet potatoes and about 1/2 to 3/4 jar of Ragu double cheddar cheese sauce. Its coming together great and is tasty.

Kristin and Adriana
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2 years 5 months ago

Oh yum!! Let us know how it turns out :)

Ashley Miller
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2 years 5 months ago

A family favorite although I am out of broth so need to make it from scratch.

Amanda Bruhn
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2 years 5 months ago

Trying this tonight, I have a some broccoli to use up, hope its as good as the reviews, I’m looking forward to it!

annabell@MapleRidgeFarmGirl
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2 years 5 months ago

This is great! But I had to use half broccoli and half cauliflower b/c i only had a head of broccoli in the house. Also, I had to use some Velveeta with a little cheddar for the same reason. BTW-LOVE your cooking blog!!! :)

Melissa
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Melissa
2 years 1 month ago

To the people that have tried this recipe, does it taste like Panera Bread? It sure looks a lot like it!

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