Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I am a fan of soup especially in the wintertime, and this is easy enough to make with ingredients I usually have on hand. I found some recipes online and pulled inspiration from knock-off Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup recipes. This is a fairly easy soup to make, and I have even made it on the fly because I usually have some frozen broccoli in the freezer.

Ingredients

1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup broccoli (fresh or frozen, chopped)
1 cup carrot (fresh or frozen, chopped)
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded (I prefer Cabot Sharp Cheddar)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional – nutmeg, hot pepper flakes

Directions

Chop the onion, then saute in the butter until soft.

Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and heat for a couple minutes. You are essentially making a roux with the mixture.

Add in your half and half and vegetable broth. We are a fan of Better than Bouillon, as it is convenient to keep in the pantry and has a great flavor.

Once everything is thoroughly mixed, add the broccoli and carrots. I usually like to use fresh veggies, but if I am not sure when I am making this soup, I get frozen ingredients – or sometimes I just happen to have the ingredients on hand and make this on a whim. For carrots, I have used everything from fresh carrots, to baby carrots, to frozen carrots.

Cook the veggies for about 20 minutes, but you can adjust this depending on your vegetables. I have even microwaved frozen veggies before adding, so that the process goes more quickly.

Once the mixture is cooked, reduce the heat and add in the cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. I prefer a good quality cheddar cheese, and my go-to is Cabot Vermont Sharp Cheddar.

Some of the pre-shredded cheeses have too many anti-caking agents in them, and cheaper brands can be too oily.

Once the cheese is melted in, I use an immersion blender to blend the ingredients. It is really up to you how fine or chunky you would like the soup to be. I have made this soup several times, and you can also adjust the liquid content by adding in more or less broth as desired.

You can also add in a pinch of nutmeg and/or red pepper flakes if desired.

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30 Comments
  • Talya Stone
    February 8, 2022

    Oh wow this looks so tasty! I have never tried making a soup with brocolli. This looks so good I’m going to have to give this a whirl.

  • mosaic murals
    February 8, 2022

    You can’t go wrong with broccoli and cheddar but I never had the combo in a soup form. I bet it is so good! Can’t wait to try out your recipe.

  • Risa Lopez
    February 8, 2022

    Wow, that Brocolli Cheddar Soup looks so yummy! I would love to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lisa
    February 8, 2022

    Broccoli and cheddar is a delicious combination especially for a soup. I’ll be trying out this recipe!

  • Catherine
    February 8, 2022

    It’s a perfect day for a creamy soup like this! Looks absolutely delicious…I love broccoli and cheddar soup!

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    February 8, 2022

    What a delicious looking soup which is so healthy as well and packed with nutrition. I can’t wait to try making this recipe

  • Kayla DiMaggio
    February 8, 2022

    This broccoli cheddar soup was so delicious! Perfect for this cooler weather!

  • Amber Myers
    February 8, 2022

    This is one of my favorite soups! I have never tried to make it on my own and I really should.

  • Terri Steffes
    February 9, 2022

    It looks amazing. I don’t know much about vegetarians, but cheese is ok?

  • Tasheena
    February 9, 2022

    This recipe looks really savory, looking forward to giving it a try.

  • Jasmine Martin
    February 9, 2022

    I absolutely love broccoli and cheddar soup. I never thought about making it at home. I am going to have to try this out soon for myself.

  • Laura
    February 9, 2022

    Broccoli makes a delicious soup. Even my kids enjoy it!

  • Alita
    February 9, 2022

    I’m down to make anything with broccoli. It’s my favorite vegetable.

  • Beth Pierce
    February 9, 2022

    This is my kind of comfort food. it’s perfect for the cold weather.

  • briannemanzb
    February 9, 2022

    I loved it. you can never go wrong with broccoli and cheddar cheese.

  • Monica Simpson
    February 9, 2022

    This looks heavenly! I need to try that “better than bouillon” too.

  • Freya
    February 9, 2022

    This is my absolute favourite soup but you improved it by adding carrot to it, given it a little hint of sweetness. So good!

  • Amy
    February 9, 2022

    What a fantastic recipe! We love broccoli and was looking for something a bit different. I added a little bit of nutmeg and hot pepper flakes as you suggested and it was yum! Took some to work the next day and it kept well overnight.

  • Megan
    February 9, 2022

    Absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for a perfect soup recipe.

  • Kat
    February 9, 2022

    Truth be told, i hate broccoli but with this recipe I am willing to give it a try. Looks creamy and delicious!

  • Kathy
    February 9, 2022

    This looks so good. Broccoli cheddar soup is a favorite of mine. It has been a while since I’ve had it though. I’ll have to make your recipe.

  • Richelle Milar
    February 9, 2022

    Oh my! This is such a really amazing recipe! It look so good! I know my family would love this so much!

  • Elizabeth Neas
    February 9, 2022

    Boy, your soup recipe sounds and looks delicious. I agree, soup in the cooler months is the best. Although we live in Florida we still have some cooler evenings. So soup is sometimes welcomed.

  • Oscar
    February 9, 2022

    This soup was so creamy and delicious. I have been looking for a comforting soup like this for a while and it totally hit the spot. Great recipe.

  • Catalina
    February 10, 2022

    All these good ingredients in one dish! Love how creamy this soup is!

  • Briana Baker
    February 10, 2022

    YUM! This would be great on these cold winter days!

  • Kristin
    February 10, 2022

    I can hardly contain myself right now! Broccoli cheddar is my all-time favorite soup but I never thought to make it myself! Thanks for this!

  • vidya
    February 11, 2022

    we love broccoli cheddar soup in our home.. and your tasty post is reminding me that it has been too long since i made it:)

  • Danielle
    February 11, 2022

    I definitely need to try out this recipe.

  • Charina Rasing
    March 3, 2022

    I found a healthy recipe to try for my family. We love soup with our meals and this is perfect. Will try it very soon. Looks creamy and yummy!