Ultra creamy homemade broccoli and cheese soup with a dash of smoky flavor. It’s the ideal comfort food for all year long and can be served as an appetizer, main dish, or side.

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About Broccoli and Cheese Soup

When it comes to comforting soups, there are few more popular than broccoli and cheese soup. With countless recipes and a variety of ways to serve it, everyone is bound to have their favorite way to make it, or their favorite place to get it.

As for me, I tend to prefer making this soup at home, so I have total control over the taste and flavor.

Plus, when you whip up your own batch, you have enough soup to last for days.

That can really come in handy on a lazy weekend or when the weather has you trapped inside.

Broccoli cheese soup recipe

What is in broccoli cheddar soup?

Every homemade soup will have its own unique taste, and this recipe is no exception. I like to think of this version as a smoky broccoli cheddar soup thanks to a few extra spices.

However, one of the perks of being the cook is being able to adjust any recipe as you see fit. Feel free to get creative with any of the ingredients below!

The savory broth – The base of this soup is made by sauteing yellow onions and garlic in a healthy dose of butter. Chicken broth and half and half cream is added, with a little touch of flour for thickening.

The seasonings – Next up is a dash of salt and pepper, to taste, plus some ground mustard and smoked paprika. The smoked paprika is my favorite part of this soup and it has a very present flavor. However, if a smoky flavor is not “your thing,” feel free to skip it. The soup will still taste amazing without it.

The heart – And, finally, there’s the broccoli, shredded carrots, and the cheddar cheese. Broccoli and cheese are the staples here with the carrots as a bonus. But like the smoked paprika, you an skip the carrots (or even add other veggies) if you’d like.

Is there a difference between chicken stock and chicken broth?

Since chicken broth makes up a large part of this soup, that does beg the question – is it required? Or can you swap it out for chicken stock?

The good news here is that you can use chicken broth or chicken stock, but before making a choice, it might help to know what the differences are.

Chicken broth is made from the meat, so it has a lighter flavor and tends to be more like water. Chicken stock, on the other hand, is made from the bones, which tends to result in a more potent flavor and slightly thicker consistency.

So if you were to substitute the chicken broth for chicken stock, expect your soup to have a stronger chicken flavor and possibly be a bit thicker. You also may want to reduce the flour by one or two tablespoons to compensate for the thicker liquid.

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Can you freeze broccoli and cheese soup?

I wish I had better news for you here, but I wouldn’t recommend freezing this soup.

When it comes to dairy, and especially cream, the ingredients can separate and change their texture once frozen. And when it comes to a creamy and cheesy soup like this one, the odds are not in its favor for this soup to still be the one you remember once it’s been frozen.

However, if you simply must freeze this soup, be sure to completely chill the soup in the refrigerator before transferring to the freezer in a sealed container.

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What goes well with broccoli soup?

The only thing better than broccoli and cheese soup is a whole meal based on broccoli and cheese soup.

So the next time you have a batch of this soup handy, try serving these side dishes with it!

  • Freshly baked bread (beer bread is a favorite!)
  • Cheesy garlic bread
  • Meaty sandwiches or wraps

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notes & tips for this cheese soup

  • Once you’ve made this soup, you may want to serve it up in some classic soup bowls. I have these soup bowls in a few different colors and love them!
  • This soup is made using a dutch oven. There are plenty of pricey name-brand options out there, but I’ve used this Dutch oven for years and it’s still holding up just fine.

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How to make broccoli and cheese soup

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a Dutch oven (or a similarly large, deep pot), melt the butter, then toss in the onion. Cook a few minutes until the onions are soft, then add in the garlic and cook for a minute more.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 1 - Add butter. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 1 - Add onion. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 1 - Stir and cook. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 1 - Add garlic. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 1 - Stir and cook.

Step 2 – Add the flour to the pot and then whisk until the flour as absorbed the butter and the mixture has turned a tan color.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 2 - Add flour. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 2 - Whisk well. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 2 - Cook and whisk. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 2 - Cook and whisk.

Step 3 – While continuing to whisk, pour in a bit of the chicken broth. Mix until the flour has absorbed it, then pour in a little bit more chicken broth. Work slowly and repeat this step until all of the chicken broth has been added to the pot.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Slowly pour in chicken broth. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Whisk well. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Slowly pour in chicken broth. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Whisk more. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Keep slowly adding broth. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Whisk well. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 3 - Cook and whisk until smooth.

Step 4 – Like the chicken broth, slowly add in the half and half cream while whisking, working in small pours until all the cream has been added.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 4 - Slowly pour in cream. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 4 - Whisk and pour. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 4 - Whisk until creamy.

Step 5 – Bring soup to a simmer and season with salt, ground mustard, smoked paprika, and some pepper (to taste). Once the sauce is bubbling, allow it to simmer for a few minutes.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 5 - Add salt. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 5 - Add ground mustard. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 5 - Add smoked paprika. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 5 - Whisk well. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 5 - Whisk well.

Step 6 – Toss the broccoli and carrots into the pot and give everything a good stir. Bring the mixture to another boil and then allow it to cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 6 - Add broccoli. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 6 - Add carrots. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 6 - Stir well. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 6 - Cook and stir.

Step 7 – Remove sauce from heat and add the cheese, then mix well.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 7 - Add cheese. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 7 - Stir well. Broccoli and Cheese Soup Step 7 - Stir well.

Step 8 – Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe Details

Broccoli and Cheese Soup! Ultra creamy homemade broccoli and cheese soup with a dash of smoky flavor. It's the ideal comfort food for all year long and can be served as an appetizer, main dish, or side. | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.59 from 80 votes

Broccoli Cheese Soup

20 mins prep + 50 mins cook
376 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
Ultra creamy homemade broccoli and cheese soup with a dash of smoky flavor. It's the ideal comfort food for all year long and can be served as an appetizer, main dish, or side.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Whisk in flour and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until flour has absorbed butter and has turned a tan color, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Continuing to whisk, pour in a little bit of the chicken broth and allow the flour to absorb it. Once absorbed, pour in a little bit more chicken broth and repeat the process. Continue until all of the chicken broth has been added.
  • Stil continuing to whisk, pour in half and half cream and stir until combined.
  • Bring soup to a simmer. While soup heats up, season soup with salt, ground mustard, smoked paprika, and pepper, to taste. Once bubbling, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and carrots to soup. Bring to another simmer and allow to cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  • Remove soup from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until well incorporated.
  • Serve soup immediately with more cheddar cheese as garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2655IU | Vitamin C: 53.5mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 1.2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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12 comments

    • Dalisay

    Have you ever used a mix of smoked gouda along with cheddar in this recipe?

    • Katie
    • 5 stars

    This was delicious! I added more carrot and a bit less cheese to only about 1/3 cup less, it still was nice and thick and creamy in the end. I made it for a lunch with family and got so many compliments!

    • Patty

    I don’t have a Dutch oven. Can this be made with a regular pan on the stove top ?

      • Erma Beckford

      Of course! A “dutch oven” is just a regular pan and big enough for making soup, etc. It always comes with a set of pans.

    • Amber Schmidt

    Can you just use whole milk instead of half and half ?

    • Jilayne

    It was very good! My an old friend of mine and daughter loved it too. We put it over baked potatoes with bacon!

    • Michelle Williams
    • 5 stars

    I made this for dinner when a tooth broke and I didn’t want to chew! I used extra sharp cheddar. I put 90% in the Vitamix and liquified it! I stirred in the rest of the soup and cheese at that point. I did add more chicken broth to make it a thinner consistency. It is very good. I am thickening it tomorrow to have on baked potatoes!

    • Sheila Grant

    Frozen or fresh broccoli and do you cook it a little first before adding it

    • Tonya Houck
    • 5 stars

    Made it…turned out amazing! Can it be frozen to eat later?

    • Melanie Bouffard
    • 5 stars

    WOW
    Best brocoli cream I have ever ate!
    I recommend it without any change.

    • Deborah R Gilmore
    • 5 stars

    Made this soup for dinner tonight. I think this is the best broccol cheese soup I have ever tasted. Had it with BLTA sandwiches. My family was very happy.

    • Elizabeth bayman
    • 5 stars

    So far I love the that I got from friends