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Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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!

4.7 from 23 reviews
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. 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.

  2. 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:)

  3. this soup is delish!!!! On a cold winter night it’s perfect!

  4. Wonderful as all your recipes are!

  5. 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!

  6. I made this today exactly as you did and it is awesome!

  7. Thank you Diva as always this is Delicious

  8. I loved it! Came out a little too thick, added more broth and it’s prefect!

  9. is the whipping cream a must?? or can you just skip that step

  10. 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.

  11. I looooved this soup. It was absolutely delish! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!!!!

  12. This is so easy and good. We decided that we will add potatoes next time. My four yr old old cleaned her bowl and asked for more.

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

  15. I love this soup it’s full of flavor. Thanks for awesome recipe.

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

  17. Just made this because I bought a bowl from Panera yesterday and it was five bucks!!!!! I said oh NO!!! Started looking for recipes this morning and ran across yours. It is soooooo good! Just as good as Panera if not better and half the cost! a big pot for about the same price as two bowls! awesome :)

  18. Hey! I was wondering where do you get the heavy whipping cream? I want to try this but I don’t really know about the cream is it any type/kind or?? Please help! Thanks
    Ps. I love your cookin and recipes :D great work!

  19. Just made this tonight and it was delicious. I don’t really like soups but this one is a keeper

  20. I just made the broccoli and cheese soup it is the best I will be making it for now on thank you Miss diva

  21. good outcome, too many steps and pots.

  22. Awesome!!!! I live in St. Louis – had our first snow last night and everyone wanted soup for lunch. SOOOOO much better than Panera…..the kids loved it. I had some ham left over from Christmas night, diced it up and added at the end. Very good. Glad I found your web site – I’ll be back!!! Thanks.

  23. I made this last night and I didn’t have the heavy cream so I subed for cream of chicken. It was great!

  24. I made this for dinner last night!! It was so easy to make, and delicious! I did add 1 cup of extra chicken broth, so it wasn’t extra thick. It was perfect! Oh, and I added a little bit of chopped bacon as well.

  25. Just made this, it’s good!! Only thing is I didn’t keep the broc in the microwave long enough, so I had to cook it longer so it could get softer.

  26. Diva,
    This soup is really good. What is amazing is that it is so easy to make. My family thinks I out did myself; they love it… Thank you

  27. Amazing….I added some red potatoes and it was the business. Thanks…….

  28. This soup is awesome, Diva, thanks!

  29. Made this today taste better than Panera!

  30. Dear Diva,

    I’m a self-professed, and by reputation, “horrible cook”. However, everything I make using your recipes turns out absolutely delicioso! My problem now is that I’m having a hard time convincing family and friends that I really made these meals myself..they think I’ve hired someone and am passing these dishes off as my own (which, I admit, has been my practice even for the simplest meals…lol).

    GOD BLESS YOU for helping me shred a lifelong embarrassment (I’m 52 yrs old) and giving me a sense of such womanly empowerment!

  31. looks yummy cant wait to try it…thanks Diva

  32. This recipe turned out great!!

  33. OMG!! I’m sooo happy you made this!! I had a craving for some before and had to use someone elses website (but i came here first lol) . I know yours is going to be so much better! It’s cold now and I’m going to try this soon…Interesting..I purchased way more broccili than I plan to use today!

  34. Thank you so much for this recipe. I am a huge fan of broccoli and cheese soup but didn’t quite know how to make it myself. I will definitely be trying this.

  35. So to make double, just double everything?

  36. Thanks Diva for another great recipe. Can’t wait to try.

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