This broccoli cheddar soup is rich and creamy with hearty pieces of broccoli and plenty of cheesy flavor! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and you can make this recipe with just a few pantry staples!

broccoli cheddar soup

If you’re looking for an easy soup recipe that packs in plenty of vegetables but tastes like your favorite comfort food, then this is the recipe for you! Even our 9 year old foster son loved this soup, and he’s not a big fan of cheese! I think the flavor of the broth is what won him over. I know your family will love this recipe, too!

broccoli cheddar soup ingredients

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Ingredients

  • Butter- I like Kerrygold butter but any brand will do
  • Onion- If you don’t have onion, you can substitute shallots
  • Garlic- I prefer fresh garlic but you can use garlic powder instead
  • Flour- You can use gluten-free flour, if needed
  • Broth- I like “not chicken” style broth which is vegetarian but has a chicken broth flavor
  • Broccoli- I prefer to use fresh but you can use frozen if that’s what you have on hand
  • Milk- Whole milk will give you the best flavor, but feel free to use 2% or 1% if you want a lower fat recipe
  • Cheddar Cheese- I recommend shredding a block of cheddar vs. using pre-shredded because it’ll give you a smoother consistency

Once you have your ingredients ready to go, this soup comes together pretty quickly!

broccoli cheddar soup

Is Broccoli Cheddar Soup Healthy?

Typically, creamy soups have more calories and fat compared to broth base soups. But since this one is loaded with broccoli, it allows you to enjoy a large serving! 1 cup of this creamy soup is less than 200 calories, and because it’s so rich and creamy, you’ll be satisfied after just a cup!

How to Make Low Calorie Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If you wanted to lower the fat calorie count of this soup, you can substitute skim milk in place of whole milk. That would lower the calories to 140 per cup and the fat to 8g per cup.

broccoli cheddar soup

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broccoli cheddar

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Description

This broccoli cheddar soup is rich and creamy with hearty pieces of broccoli and plenty of cheesy flavor! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and you can make this recipe with just a few pantry staples!


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (I like the not-chicken style)
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the garlic and continue to cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  4. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring until the onion is coated with flour.
  5. Add the broth and broccoli and bring to a simmer.
  6. Simmer the broccoli for 8-9 minutes until softened.
  7. Add the milk and cook over low heat until the soup is warm.
  8. Add the shredded cheese and stir until melted. Be careful not to turn the heat up too high or the milk will curdle.
  9. Transfer 1 cups of soup to a blender and blend, allowing steam to escape through the vent. Transfer the blended soup back to the pot. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to gently blend the soup, slightly.

Keywords: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What to Serve with Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I’d recommend serving this soup with a baguette or a slice of this vegan beer bread! You could also pair it with a salad like this apple walnut kale salad!

Apple Walnut Kale Salad

If you’re looking for more cheesy soup recipes, try this vegetarian tortilla soup! It’s super creamy and spicy!

tortilla soup

Do you like creamy soups?