Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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This easy one-pot broccoli cheddar soup is so comforting during cold months. Make it start to finish in under an hour.

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During the cold winter months, everyone should have at least one great soup recipe that’s not only warming and filling, but that can also be made quickly on any given weeknight.

This simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup checks all the boxes—plus, it’s easy to make in one pot. Bonus!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a soup of pureed broccoli and broth with cheese. Although it’s pureed, it does still have some texture in it from small bits of broccoli, which is very welcome.

How to Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

There are a few keys to making this soup really special:

  • Blanch the broccoli: I like to blanch the broccoli before adding it to the soup. It’s an extra step, but it means you can better control its texture in the finished soup.
  • Save a few broccoli florets for garnish: I also reserve some of the blanched florets to stir in just before serving. They add a crunchy and colorful contrast to the bowl of pureed soup.
  • Make it extra thick! To help thicken the soup and make it extra creamy, I add some all-purpose flour to the base. If you need to make this recipe gluten-free, you could skip the flour or try substituting cornstarch (try one tablespoon and add more as needed).

While I prefer to use a cheddar cheese for this soup, you can substitute almost any mild cheese, such as Colby Jack. Just be sure to grate the cheese yourself; pre-grated cheese usually has a non-sticking agent on it that prevents it from melting as smoothly.

Add this soup to your list to try this winter. I think it’ll be an instant hit.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large head or two small heads broccoli (a little more than 1 pound), chopped into florets and stems
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • Bread, for serving

Method

1 Blanch the broccoli: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a few big pinches of salt. Add broccoli stalks and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes until they are bright green and fork tender, but still slightly crispy.

Drain broccoli. Scoop out and set aside about 1 cup of the florets for the topping.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Blanch the Broccoli

2 Cook the onions and carrots: Wipe out the pot, place over medium heat, and melt the butter. Once melted, add the onions and carrots, and cook until veggies soften, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Cook the Onions and Carrots Broccoli Cheddar Soup Cooked Onions and Carrots

 

3 Cook the soup: Stir in the all-purpose flour. The flour will form a paste with the veggies. Cook for a minute or two to coat the vegetables, and then start to slowly pour in vegetable stock. Stir constantly as you pour in the stock to avoid lumps.

Once all the stock is added, bring soup up to a low simmer. Add milk and the blanched broccoli (except what you're saving for the topping). Simmer for about 10 minutes over low heat.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Simmer the Soup

4 Puree the soup: Blend with an immersion blender, or let the soup cool until no longer steaming and blend in batches in a blender. (If using a blender, be careful to let the soup cool a bit and do not overfill the blender to avoid splattered hot soup!)

5 Season to taste and serve: Add the grated cheese, salt, and pepper to the pureed soup and stir over low heat until the cheese has melted. Taste soup and season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.

Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with some reserved broccoli and extra cheese on top. Serve with bread.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Add the Cheese

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Nick Evans

Nick has been writing delicious recipes for the home cook for almost a decade. He lives in Denver, CO and embraces a delicate balance of diaper changing, trail running and beer drinking. His website is Macheesmo and his first book is Love Your Leftovers.

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  • CJ

    Delicious! It was great to find a version of this soup made without chicken broth. I will definitely make this again.

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  • Lauretta Beltz

    Delicious!!!

  • shyanne

    I used an immersion blender and it tasted amazing. I did the recipe exactly how it called for with organic ingredients and it tasted perfect. Makes a lot of soup.

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  • Connie

    I want to make the broccoli cheddar soup recipe but do not know how much broccoli to use. I use it out of our garden so saying head of broccoli does not help. It comes in small quantities from plants.
    I wish people who write recipes would say……how many cups.
    Sounds good and think we would love it as would the grandkids who coming for lunch on Columbus Day holiday.

  • Michael

    Perfect recipe. Easy, clear and well done! I did as Yvonne did below and left it a bit chunky.

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