Our Favourite Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This creamy broccoli cheese soup is full of broccoli taste and is additional tacky. It’s made with out flour and will get its thick, creamy base from a potato! This soup is lighter on the energy with all the flavour you’d anticipate! Jump to the Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

It’s widespread to see broccoli cheddar soup made with a base of flour, butter, and milk. The strategy shouldn’t be that totally different from making the cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese. First, soften butter, whisk in flour, and add milk and warmth till the milk thickens. Broccoli soup made this manner is scrumptious, however it’s a bit too heavy for us.

Our more healthy model skips the butter and flour paste and calls on one potato to do the thickening. This halves the quantity of butter wanted, says goodbye to the flour, and now not requires a number of cups of milk.

Amazingly sufficient, even with skipping all these components, our soup is creamy, wealthy, and scrumptious! A lot so that you simply received’t miss them one bit. For one more simple, creamy soup, strive our roasted cauliflower soup.

A bowl of broccoli cheddar soup

How you can Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If in case you have made our creamy vegetable soup earlier than, this recipe may appear a bit acquainted. Listed here are the fundamental steps; do not forget that your complete recipe is under.

Prepare dinner onions and complete garlic cloves (no mincing required!) in a little bit of butter till delicate and candy.

Stir in chopped potato, broccoli stalks (the florets come into play later), salt, pepper, pink pepper flakes (for warmth), and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Cowl every thing with water or broth and simmer till tender. I discover that water works simply fantastic on this soup. I do know that it looks like we should always add extra taste with broth, however utilizing water permits the broccoli to shine. We take the identical method when making this tomato soup.

Adding water to the pot with potatoes, broccoli, and onions.

Add half of the broccoli florets, cook dinner till inexperienced and tender, after which mix the soup. I take advantage of my immersion blender to make issues simple. Since we held these broccoli florets again, they’re nonetheless vivid inexperienced, making our soup fairly.

Blending broccoli soup with an immersion blender

Now that the soup is ultra-creamy, we will add the remaining broccoli florets and cook dinner till they’re vivid inexperienced and tender. This manner, the bottom of the soup is inexperienced and creamy, and you continue to get just a few small bites of broccoli.

Stirring cheddar cheese into broccoli soup

Stir in a number of grated sharp cheddar cheese — I like additional sharp white cheddar — after which stir in 1/2 cup of half-and-half if you need your soup additional creamy. Half-and-half is offered within the US and is a mix of complete milk and cream — milk or cream work, too.

And that’s it. Inexperienced, additional creamy broccoli cheddar soup. We adore it!

Tip: Purchase Broccoli with Stalks

Purchase broccoli with lengthy stalks for this recipe if you will discover them. The stalks style improbable and are wonderful when cooked with the potato as the bottom of this soup. Within the recipe under, we’ll information you thru getting ready the stalks.

Should you can not discover broccoli with the stalks nonetheless hooked up, you may make this soup. First, purchase two kilos of broccoli florets and cook dinner about half of them with the potato as an alternative of the stalks (as instructed within the recipe). Save the remaining florets for later and observe the instructions within the recipe for including them.

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Our Favourite Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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This broccoli cheese soup is full of broccoli taste and is additional tacky. It’s made with out flour and butter and will get its thick, creamy base from a potato! When purchasing for this soup, search for broccoli offered with lengthy stalks. We chop the stalks up and cook dinner them with the potato. After a fast mix, the stalks and potato flip right into a scrumptious, creamy soup. Should you can solely discover broccoli heads or florets, you possibly can nonetheless make the soup. See our ideas within the article.

Serves 6

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Want

1 massive onion, finely chopped

4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil

2 kilos broccoli with stalks

3/4 teaspoon fantastic sea salt, plus extra to style

1/2 teaspoon contemporary floor black pepper

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed pink pepper flakes, omit if delicate to spice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 medium-to-large potato, peeled and chopped

1 bay leaf

4 cups water or broth

1/2 cup half and half, non-obligatory

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated, about 2 cups

Thinly sliced chives, for serving, non-obligatory

Fish sauce, non-obligatory, see notes


  • Put together Broccoli
  • Slice the florets from the stalks. Set the broccoli stalks apart and reduce the florets into small bite-size items (watch our video for reference). Throw the florets right into a bowl and set them apart for later.

    Seize the broccoli stalks and reduce about 1-inch from the underside of every stalk and discard it. Use a vegetable peeler to peel away the robust outer layer of the stalks, after which slice the stalks into 1/2-inch items.

    • Make the Soup
    • Soften the butter in a big pot like a Dutch oven over medium warmth. When it has melted, toss within the onion and garlic cloves. Prepare dinner, often stirring till the onions are delicate and scent candy; about 5 minutes.

      Add the chopped broccoli stalks, potato, 3/4 teaspoon fantastic sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon freshly floor black pepper, Dijon mustard, and pink pepper flakes (if utilizing). Prepare dinner for 2 minutes, after which add the bay leaf and 4 cups of water. Convey the soup to a boil, after which scale back to a low simmer. Prepare dinner, at a low simmer, till the broccoli and potatoes are tender, about quarter-hour.

      Stir in about half of the broccoli florets to the soup, cowl with a lid, and cook dinner till they flip vivid inexperienced and are tender, 3 to five minutes. Including the florets on this step makes certain that our soup stays inexperienced.

      Flip off the warmth, take away the bay leaf, after which use an immersion blender to mix the soup till clean. You may also use a blender, however watch out to mix the soup in batches, don’t fill greater than midway, and maintain the lid down firmly as you mix. Scorching liquids could cause steam to construct within the blender, and the highest can pop off.

      Place the pot again onto the burner and warmth over medium warmth. Stir within the remaining broccoli florets, cowl the pot once more, and cook dinner till they flip vivid inexperienced and are tender, 3 to five minutes.

      Stir within the half-and-half and cheese. When the cheese melts into the soup, style after which regulate with further salt and pepper to style. For a pop of taste, add just a few dashes of fish sauce. Serve with chives scattered on high.

Adam and Joanne’s Suggestions

  • Make the soup greener: For an much more vibrant inexperienced colour, simply earlier than you intend to mix the soup, add a few handfuls of child spinach leaves and permit them to wilt into the soup barely (30 to 45 seconds).
  • Fish sauce is non-obligatory however provides a stunning taste to sauces and soups like this broccoli cheese soup. Two to 3 dashes season the soup properly. Consider fish sauce as salt on steroids. It doesn’t make the soup style fishy however does make the flavour pop.
  • Recipe impressed by our creamy veggie soup!
  • Diet details: The vitamin details supplied under are estimates. We’ve got used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Diet Per Serving: Serving Measurement 1/6 of the recipe / Energy 295 / Complete Fats 19.2g / Saturated Fats 11g / Ldl cholesterol 54.7mg / Sodium 627.3mg / Carbohydrate 19.3g / Dietary Fiber 5.1g / Complete Sugars 5g / Protein 14.4g

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