Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup is quick and extra cheesy with an amazing creamy broth and tons of flavor.

If you like Panera’s broccoli cheese soup, you’ll LOVE this homemade version. It comes together in about 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight meal alongside some bread or dinner rolls.

a pot of creamy broccoli cheddar soup

Ingredients

BROCCOLI I use fresh broccoli but since it’s cooked down, frozen works too (no need to thaw first). Once cooked, you’ll want to reserve a bit of the broccoli and chop it to add some texture to the soup.

CHEESE  This soup has 3 kinds of cheese, cream cheese for a creamy consistency and cheddar and parm for a punch of flavor. For the best flavor, be sure to use sharp cheddar.

BASE This base of this soup is made with broth and just a bit of cream. The broccoli is blended with the broth to add some body to the soup and it’s thickened with a tiny bit of cornstarch.

ingredients to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

 

How to Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The best homemade broccoli cheese soup needs just a few fresh ingredients!

  1. Cook onion and garlic. Add broccoli, broth and seasonings (per recipe below) and simmer until tender.

pouring broth into pan to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  1. Remove a bit of the broccoli and chop it, blend the rest of the soup.
  2. Stir in cream and cream cheese and simmer a few minutes. Mix in the cheeses and the chopped broccoli. Enjoy!

KITCHEN TIP

Add the cream cheese while on the heat so it melts.

Shredded cheese can separate and curdle if overheated. Just like with cheese sauce or mac and cheese, remove the soup from the heat before stirring in the cheese. The heat from the soup will melt it and your soup will be smooth and creamy.

adding final ingredients to pot to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Variations

  • I prefer the flavor of chicken broth but vegetable broth will work too.
  • Sub out the cheese for your favorites, we love sharp cheddar.  A milder cheese or cheddar will have a less cheesy flavor.
  • Add a diced potato or even cauliflower or asparagus along with the broccoli.
  • If you don’t want to use cream, evaporated milk works well. You can use regular milk but might need a bit extra cornstarch to thicken the soup.

a bowl of creamy broccoli cheddar soup

Easy Hearty Soups

a bowl of brocoli cheddar soup with croutons

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This soup is a creamy blend of broccoli and cheese that is hearty and belly-warming!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 331
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 cups broccoli fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups light cream or evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • cup fresh parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, cook onion and garlic in butter over medium heat until tender.
  • Add broccoli, chicken broth, thyme and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove 1 cup of broccoli, coarsely chop and set aside. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup.
  • Combine cream and cornstarch.
  • Bring soup to a boil and whisk in cream mixture and cream cheese. Simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in 1 ¾ cups of the cheddar cheese, all of the parmesan cheese & reserved chopped vegetables. Garnish with additional cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

Light cream can be substituted for evaporated or milk.
Other vegetables can be added to this recipe including cauliflower, red bell pepper and/or carrots.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 331 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1152IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 1mg
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