Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheddar

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Rich but not heavy, this cheesy broccoli soup is irresistibly good and easy to make.

This cheesy cream of broccoli soup is irresistibly good and almost ludicrously easy to make. Unlike many versions of broccoli cheese soup, which are more cheese sauce than broccoli, it’s a lovely green color and it tastes like fresh broccoli. The soup is rich but not heavy, but feel free to replace the heavy cream with half-and-half or cut back on the cheese if you’d like to lighten it up. Just be sure to use a quality block of Cheddar and grate it yourself; the pre-shredded stuff is mixed with an anti-caking agent that will negatively impact the texture of the soup. Enjoy the soup with crusty bread as an appetizer or light meal, or pair it with a sandwich or salad for lunch or dinner.

This recipe is modestly adapted from Cook’s Country.

What You’ll Need To Make Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheddar

Step-by-Step Instructions

Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, and add the onion and garlic. (Note that the garlic need only be smashed and peeled, rather than minced, as leaving it in large pieces prevents it from burning, and it all gets puréed in the end anyway.)

adding onions and garlic to the butter

Cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes; do not brown.

cooked onions and garlic

Add the broccoli stems, broth, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat until the stems are partially cooked, about 10 minutes.

adding broccoli stems, salt, pepper, broth and water

Stir in florets, cream, and nutmeg. adding broccoli florets and cream

Continue cooking until the florets are tender, about 5 minutes.

broccoli soup ready to blend

Using a hand-held immersion blender, purée the soup until completely smooth. (Alternatively, cool the soup slightly and use a blender to purée in batches. Be sure to remove the center knob on the blender and cover with a dishtowel to avoid splatters.) Add 1-1/2 cups of the cheese.

blended broccoli soup with cheese

Stir until melted. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. (The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently over medium heat until hot.)

broccoli soup ready to serve

How To Freeze Broccoli Soup with Cheddar

Although soups made with dairy products are more likely to have flavor and texture changes when frozen, this cream of broccoli soup freezes well. For best results, allow the soup to cool completely, then pour into plastic containers, leaving an inch or two of space at the top to give the soup room to expand as it freezes. Seal the containers and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until warmed through.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheddar

Rich but not heavy, this cheesy broccoli soup is irresistibly good and easy to make.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled (see note)
  • 1¾ pounds broccoli, stems cut into ½-inch pieces/florets cut into 1-inch pieces, separated
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded good-quality medium or sharp Cheddar cheese, such as Cabot (from one 8-oz block)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes; do not brown. Add the broccoli stems, broth, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat until the stems are partially cooked, about 10 minutes. Stir in the broccoli florets, cream, and nutmeg, and continue cooking until the florets are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Using a hand-held immersion blender, purée the soup until completely smooth. (Alternatively, cool the soup slightly and use a blender to purée in batches. Be sure to remove the center knob on the blender and cover with a dishtowel to avoid splatters.) Add 1½ cups of the cheese and stir until melted. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  3. Note: The garlic need only be smashed and peeled, rather than minced, as leaving it in large pieces prevents it from burning, and it all gets puréed in the end anyway. To smash and peel a clove of garlic, place the unpeeled clove on a cutting board. Take a chef's knife and place the blade flat on the clove (sharp side facing away from you). Use the heel of your hand to press the blade down on the clove. The garlic should be smashed and the peel should slip right off. It is not necessary to chop the garlic further.
  4. Make-Ahead Instructions: The soup can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently over medium heat until hot.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: Although soups made with dairy products are more likely to have flavor and texture changes when frozen, this soup freezes well. For best results, allow the soup to cool completely, then pour into plastic containers, leaving an inch or two of space at the top to give the soup room to expand as it freezes. Seal the containers and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 456
  • Fat: 36 g
  • Saturated fat: 21 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Sodium: 921 mg
  • Cholesterol: 113 mg

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Comments

  • Fabulous soup! A new favourite and although I just made it this week, I want to make it again soon!

    • — Sandra H on March 12, 2022
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  • I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I subbed frozen cauliflower for the broccoli and 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1/2 cup almond milk, instead for the half and half. It was a big hit! I’m looking forward to trying it just as it’s intended when I have all the ingredients. As far as soups go, this was pretty easy to make. I will note that the cauliflower didn’t take very long to get tender so I had to keep a close eye on it. Thanks Jenn!

    • — Turtle on March 4, 2022
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  • Simpy delicious!
    Don’t let the thought of having to purée the soup discourage you. I used my “Magic Baby Bullet” instead of a blender which took longer, but was well worth the effort. And miracle of miracles, even my husband gives it two thumbs up.
    Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Carmelita Gamble on March 3, 2022
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  • Delicious soup, easy recipe. Will definitely make again!

    • — Jen on February 28, 2022
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  • This is just really, really, really delicious ! Will make again and again. Your recipes don’t disappoint ! Thank you

    • — Melanie on February 28, 2022
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  • Love this soup! I would never eat broccoli if it wasn’t so good for me. Just not a favorite veggie of mine. However, mixed in this soup with all the yummy other ingredients it is delicious! Much better than I expected and hubby loved it too.
    Thanks for a great recipe, Jenn!

    • — Debbie on February 28, 2022
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  • This soup is delicious and so easy to make. Definitely a keeper for me.

    • — Jane Palmer on February 27, 2022
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  • This is my second time making this soup. The first time I followed the directions and it was good. This time I oven-roasted the broccoli first (still a little firm when removed) and then added it as directed, cooked it until tender (about 5 minutes). I also used half cheddar and half Parmesan cheese. Out of this world! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • — Joan on February 26, 2022
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  • I’ve made this delicious soup. Especially the addition of the heavy cream and the cheddar is very tasty. Thank you for the recipe.

    • — Bert on February 26, 2022
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  • Hi, would using frozen broccoli florets in place of fresh be ok?

    • — JeanneY on February 25, 2022
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    • Yep 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 25, 2022
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  • Jenn, another jewel in your soup crown. I have been searching for a broccoli cheddar soup, not a cheddar broccoli, for so long. Fast and easy to make. Just loved it. Only thing I did that was different was to add all the cheddar to the soup. God bless my All Clad immersion blender for a beautiful silky puree. Would lemon zest or juice enhance the flavors. I’m tempted to add some. Your thoughts? Carol

    • — Carol Winkelman on February 25, 2022
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    • So glad you enjoyed it, Carol! I do think a little lemon (either zest or juice) would work nicely.

      • — Jenn on February 25, 2022
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      • Jenn, had it for lunch today and added a spritz of lemon juice which added some brightness to the soup and cut the richness a little, delicious

        • — Carol Winkelman on February 26, 2022
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  • This soup is so sumptuous! Oh my!!!!! Highly recommend it! The kids loved it too 👍

    • — Mehrnoush on February 24, 2022
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  • Best broccoli soup EVER!!! I love soups made w/o heavy cream and the way this is made is perfect! Also, the tip about the garlic is spot on…..have been chopping garlic even when I’m blending the soup afterwards – make such great sense!!! Thank you, Jenn! You are my Go-To Chef! Carol

    • — Carol K. on February 24, 2022
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    • Hi Carol! Are you saying you made it without heavy cream? Did you sub something else in place of it?

      Thanks!

      • — Alesha on February 24, 2022
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