Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup


broccoli cheddar soup recipe

I’ve been on a really big soup kick lately. I just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. My soup craving actually started back in August but it was just way too hot to fool with soup. Now that the weather is all rainy and cool, soup has been a staple in my house. This week it’s this easy, creamy broccoli cheddar soup!

I just recently became a huge fan of broccoli cheddar soup after having it at Panera Bread and Ruby Tuesday. I must say though, I prefer the homemade version.  This broccoli cheddar soup recipe  doesn’t rely on velveeta for the cheesy taste. I love velveeta but not in broccoli cheese soup. I need the real deal holyfield baby, PURE CHEESE!

broccoli cheddar soup recipe

If you’re looking for a broccoli cheddar soup recipe that is flavorful, creamy, comforting, and downright addictive then whip this up ASAP. My family loves it, even little Isaac, so I’ll definitely  be adding it to our fall/winter menus.

The consistency is just perfect, not too soupy not too thick. Just the way I like it.

Watch me make this creamy broccoli cheddar soup recipe from start to finish!

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • 2-3 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup white onions, finely diced (can use more)
  • ½ cup baby carrots, finely diced *optional*
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup smoked gouda cheese
  1. Place broccoli in a large bowl with about 4 tablespoons of water.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for 7-10 minutes or until broccoli is steamed and tender.
  3. Chop broccoli into tiny pieces. Set aside.
  4. In a medium pot, add chicken broth, onion, carrots and garlic.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until onions are tender. Set aside.
  6. Add milk and heavy cream to a bowl and microwave until warm. Set aside.
  7. In a large pot or deep skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  8. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly for about 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat if flour starts to brown.
  9. Add in salt and pepper and continue to stir for 1 minute.
  10. Slowly stir in milk and heavy cream.
  11. Stir in chicken broth mixture.
  12. Stir in cheeses.
  13. Add the broccoli
  14. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  15. Serve hot in bread bowls or regular bowls.
  16. Enjoy.
~TIPS~ Use different cheeses if you prefer. Sharp is a must though. This soup freezes well! Jazz it up! Add chopped bacon, celery and diced potatoes. Thin it out with chicken broth if desired Puree if desired.





  1. Toni says

    I tried this recipe and my husband and I loved it. I served the soup with Artisian dinner rolls which made it a perfect meal. Weening my husband off meat with every meal is a challenge but this soup sure did help with the process. Thanks Divas can Cook, I’m hooked on your site!

  2. michelle says

    Just made this and it is Dee-lish! it’s so creamy and flavorful, the gouda really adds a kick, love it! thanks so much for sharing this.

  3. Victoria says

    Hey Diva, Let me just start out by saying how I loveeeeeee you for making this web site!!!!!!!!!

    okayy so, I ate at Panera Bread and had there the Broccoli cheddar soup. The next day really wanted to try making it on my own, so I looked online for the recipe and found it on your page. Sooo i tried making it and WOW it tasted just like Panera’s, Seriously!

    Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! love you:)

  4. Katia says

    All I have to say is….DELICIOUS!!
    Took no time at all, and it turned out great! I will definitely be making this again. This recipe is a keeper!

  5. Yalonda says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks great! I tried your meatloaf recipe about 2 weeks ago, and it was terrific! My family is begging for more! LOL.

  6. says

    Can’t wait to try a gluten free version of this!! Any ideas of how this would taste with chicken meatballs in it or do you think it would be too heavy?

    Thanks for sharing Monique!!

  7. Michelle R says

    OMG – I made this last night, and the whole family loved it! It’s really hard to please both my sons with a dish, so this was a real winner. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Onia says

    Can’t wait to make this!:) I tried your cooked cabbage and I ate on that for 3 days…love your recipes!

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