This Broccoli cheese soup is the epitome of comfort food and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes! It is deliciously cheesy, packed with fresh broccoli, and full of flavor!

overhead shot of broccoli cheddar soup with a spoon and bread

 

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Are you tired of the same old recipes? Looking for something easy, healthy, and delicious? Look no further than this broccoli cheddar soup! Packed with essential vitamins and nutrients from fresh broccoli, this soup is a must-have recipe for any household. And the best part? You can whip it up in just 30 minutes!

This creamy and savory soup is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! And if you’re a fan of comfort food, you won’t find a better recipe than this velvety broccoli cheese soup. We’ve left out the shredded carrots that can overpower the taste so that you can enjoy the perfect balance of broccoli and cheese. Whether you use fresh or frozen broccoli, this soup is sure to satisfy.

So why settle for boring meals when you can have a healthy and delicious soup that’s easy to make? Try this broccoli cheddar soup today and see for yourself how amazing it is!

closeup shot of broccoli cheddar soup in a black rimmed bowl

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Easy – This broccoli cheddar soup requires minimal prep and cooking time. In just 4 simple steps, dinner is ready in 25 minutes!
  • Vegetarian – This tasty, nutritious meal is vegetarian-friendly and made with pantry staples, making it the perfect easy weeknight dinner! With a combination of wholesome and flavorful ingredients, everyone will love this meatless meal.
  • Freezer-Friendly – Broccoli cheddar soup is perfect for meal prep and can be frozen for later. Consider making a double batch and storing half in your freezer for a convenient dinner in the future.
ingredients for broccoli cheddar soup

Ingredients for Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need for this recipe. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card below!

  • Butter and Onion – The butter adds depth and richness to this soup, while the onion serves as a flavor base to this recipe. If you are out of butter, olive oil will work in a pinch, but the flavor will be slightly different.
  • Flour – this helps thicken the soup and create a creamy base for the soup. For a gluten-free option, use Cup4Cup Flour or gluten-free Bisquick.
  • Broth – using a good quality chicken stock will elevate the rich flavors in this soup. Consider making your own with this recipe!
  • Fresh broccoli we are using half a pound of fresh broccoli florets for this recipe. You can also use frozen broccoli that has been thawed, but remember that the cooking time will be less as frozen broccoli is partially cooked. If you are using frozen broccoli, start simmering for 5 minutes and adjust the time as needed.
  • Dijon mustard, Garlic powder, Salt, Smoked paprika, and Black pepper – these are our flavor makers! Dijon mustard adds a tangy, peppery depth of flavor, and our spices make all the flavors pop!
  • Half-n-half – this helps create a thick and creamy texture. You can substitute it with milk for a lighter consistency.
  • Shredded cheddar – It wouldn’t be broccoli cheddar soup without sharp cheddar cheese! Feel free to opt for a mild cheddar if you prefer.

How to make broccoli cheddar soup

This is SUCH an easy recipe! In addition to the ingredients listed above, you’ll need a large Dutch oven and a whisk to make this recipe. The best part is that this recipe doesn’t require much attention and doesn’t take hours to prepare. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Saute Onions

chopped, sautéed onions in a dutch oven

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven to medium heat and melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped onions and saute for a few minutes until they’re translucent.

Add Thickener and Broccoli

Whisk the flour in with the onions and cook for an additional minute. Once the flour has turned golden brown, add in the broth, broccoli, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir everything together and bring the soup to a boil.

Simmer and Add Cheese

After bringing the soup to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 10-15 minutes until the broccoli is tender. When the broccoli is cooked to your liking, add the half-and-half and shredded cheese and stir until everything is melted and heated through. Your delicious soup is now ready to be savored!

Serve

Every delicious soup goes well with a side of hearty bread! We love serving this soup with Jalapeno Cornbread or this Mexican Cornbread. You could also complete this meal with Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast or Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken.

Low-carb side dishes for soup:

  • These Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls are low-carb and so delicious you will want to make a double batch!
  • If you want to switch it up on leftover night, cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot and add shredded chicken to your broccoli cheddar soup.
  • These Keto Dinner Rolls are perfectly soft and fluffy, you would never guess they are low carb! 
bowl of broccoli cheddar soup with spoon

Storage and Reheating

This soup is so delicious I doubt you will have any leftovers! However, if you do store any soup leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. To reheat soup, microwave in 30-second increments until warm, or reheat in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Freeze

To freeze this soup, allow it to cool completely and transfer to a large wide-mouthed glass jar, or soup cup tray. You can store this soup in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat frozen soup, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Follow the directions above.

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a bowl full of creamy broccoli cheddar soup

Recipe FAQ

Is broccoli cheddar soup healthy?

Broccoli cheddar soup is a nutriously dense comfort food packed with vitamins, minerals, calcium, healthy fats, and fiber. It is a great healthy meal to serve for dinner!

Can I use frozen broccoli in broccoli cheddar soup?

This recipe will work with fresh or thawed frozen broccoli. When using frozen broccoli, the cooking time is shortened, so the broccoli should be soft and tender. Then start with a 5-minute simmer and adjust as needed.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This Broccoli cheese soup is the epitome of comfort food and it can be prepared in less than 30 minutes! It is deliciously cheesy, packed with fresh broccoli, and full of flavor!
5 from 2 ratings

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, cup4cup or GF bisquick if gluten-free
  • cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ pound fresh broccoli florets, chopped (see notes if using frozen broccoli)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, until translucent.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook for another minute until the flour turns golden brown.
  • Stir in the broth, broccoli, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  • Stir in the half-n-half and shredded cheddar cheese. Once everything is melted and heated through, serve!

Notes

    • Frozen broccoli: thaw and press dry to use. Since frozen broccoli is already partially cooked, do not pour it in with the broth and seasonings! Instead, leave it out until the soup has simmered for about 5 minutes, then cook another 5-10 minutes.
    • If you prefer carrots in your soup, you could add a 1/2 cup or so. However, I found the carrots to completely overwhelm the soup and preferred to let the broccoli shine.
Serving: 1.25 cup, Calories: 334kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.9g, Protein: 14.6g, Fat: 26.2g, Cholesterol: 78.4mg, Sodium: 889.2mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3.6g
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