The is the best broccoli cheddar soup recipe, no kidding! Creamy, cheesy comfort food loaded with tender chunks of broccoli, carrots and cheddar cheese. Ready to devour in under an hour!
Who doesn't love a piece of sourdough bread or cheddar bay biscuits dunked into a warm bowl of broccoli cheese soup. Talk about a match made in heaven. If you're looking for a quick soup recipe, this is as easy as it gets.
This simple broccoli cheese soup is simple to make in under an hour. It is amazing served right away but it also reheats very well, so make enough for leftovers. You'll be glad you did!
- broccoli - Use fresh or frozen broccoli. If using frozen, let thaw and drain excess liquid.
- carrots - Matchstick carrots are convenient because they come cut into thin strips. Carrots can be peeled and diced into small rounds.
- onion - Use yellow or spanish onions.
- cheddar cheese - I recommend sharp cheddar cheese because it has tons of flavor. Buy blocks of cheese and grate it yourself for the smoothest soup.
- half n half - Whole milk can be substituted for half-n-half.
- chicken stock - Vegetable stock or water can be used instead of chicken stock.
- butter - Can substitute with vegetable oil.
- seasonings - garlic powder, salt and pepper
How to make broccoli cheddar soup from scratch
How do you make broccoli cheese soup from scratch? Let's go over the steps needed to get this delicious soup on your dinner table tonight!
Cook onions: Saute onions in melted butter over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
Make a roux: Sprinkle the flour on top, stir to coat the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Simmer: Add one cup of stock to the pot and stir until the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining stock, half and half, broccoli, carrots and seasonings to the pot. Stir, cover the pot and simmer the soup for 20 minutes.
Melt cheese: Add the shredded cheese and stir until melted. Serve and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
Store the soup covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the soup in a saucepan on the stove-top over medium heat, stirring frequently. Or, pour the soup into a glass bowl and cook in the microwave, stirring every minute until heated through.
Sharp cheddar is ideal for broccoli cheese soup. It has a strong flavor, but it's light enough not to overpower the broccoli. White cheddar, mild cheddar or Colby cheese are other varieties that work well with this recipe. Shred the cheese by hand for freshest flavor!
Use fresh or frozen broccoli florets and stems cut into bite-sized pieces. The stems will soften as the soup simmers and add more broccoli flavor. If you are using frozen broccoli, allow it to thaw and drain off excess liquid before adding it to the pot.
Store leftover broccoli cheese soup in a closed container for up to 3 days in the fridge. The soup can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. If using the microwave, stir halfway through heating time as there will be some separation of the cheese and milk. Freezing is not recommended.
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- 4 oz. unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 5 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
- 2 cups half and half
- 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
- 4 small heads broccoli (cut into 1" pieces)
- 2 cups matchstick carrots
- 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Melt the butter in a stockpot over medium heat and saute the diced onions for 5 minutes to soften. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
- Pour 1 cup of the vegetable stock into the pot. Stir continuously until the mixture starts to thicken and becomes smooth with no visible lumps of flour. Add the remaining 3 cups of stock, half and half, broccoli, carrots, salt, pepper and garlic powder, stir and cover with lid. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
- Add the cheese to the soup and stir until melted. Check seasonings and add more if desired. Serve immediately.
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