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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

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A good soup recipe is my secret trick to getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes! This broccoli cheese soup is a delicious and filling soup recipe that the whole family will love.

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In general, I try to make a menu plan each week.  When the weather gets cooler, I often will dedicate one night a week to soup night.  I make a soup and serve it with a side of bread.  Soups may seem like they are difficult to make, but they are actually one of the quickest and easiest dinner options in my recipe collection!  I love that I can add veggies and meat to make a complete, one pot meal that is usually ready in 30 minutes.

Broccoli cheese soup is a family favorite.  I usually just stick to broccoli in this soup, but it’d be easy to add carrots and even chicken for a one pot meal.   I’ve used all different kinds of cheeses – including Velveeta – to make this soup just depending on what I have on hand. It’s a very flexible recipe!  I lightened up the soup a bit by using chicken stock in place of milk, but you can use whatever you have on hand, too.

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The recipe calls for 4 heads of broccoli.  I just keeping putting in broccoli until it looks like enough.  If you want to make things even quicker, use frozen broccoli and just cook long enough to heat it up.   Sometimes I use an immersion blender to blend the soup just a little leaving most of the broccoli whole and sometimes I just leave the broccoli whole. Feel free to blend or not as much as you want.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

soup recipe

This broccoli cheese soup is a delicious and filling soup recipe that the whole family will love.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter or 1/4 cup tasteless oil (grapeseed or similar)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 heads broccoli cut into florets
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 cups grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes in melted butter or oil.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over onions. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute or so.
  4. Pour in milk, chicken broth and half and half.
  5. Add nutmeg, then add broccoli, a small dash of salt, and plenty of black pepper.
  6. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
  7. Stir in cheese and allow to melt.
  8. Serve as is, or mash it with a potato masher to break up the broccoli a bit, or transfer to a blender in two batches and puree completely.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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  • Miz Helen
    September 2, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Lydia
    August 31, 2013

    I love that this uses real ingredients. So many Broccoli Cheese soups use Velveeta and well, I’m just not a fan. Anxious to try this! Just curious, would canola oil work for the oil? I only keep that and olive oil on hand.

    • Camille
      September 1, 2013

      I’m sure canola would be just fine! Any oil would work.

  • Susan
    August 31, 2013

    My mom is a big broccoli cheese soup fan. I’m going to make this for her next time she comes to visit. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  • Lisa
    August 28, 2013

    This looks delicious! I love that you used the chicken stock. I make so many soups in the fall and winter, and I’m excited to add this to my list! Thank you so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays!

  • Amy
    August 20, 2013

    Mmmmm…Love broccoli cheese soup!

  • Liz
    August 19, 2013

    I made soup for dinner tonight…even though it was in the high 80’s. I think I start yearning for comfort foods as fall draws closer. Your broccoli soup fits the bill, too!

  • Meghan
    August 19, 2013

    I love broccoli cheese soup! I love the big chunks of broccoli. This is a must make recipe for me!

  • tanya
    August 19, 2013

    Yeah! It’s time to break out the soup recipes! This is the perfect quick comfort food Camille! Can’t wait to add this to our dinner rotation!

  • kelley
    August 19, 2013

    Camille this look so yummy I love anything with cheese! Thanks for making something delish for Back to School Week

  • Brianne
    August 19, 2013

    I adore broccoli cheese soup – this sounds awesome!

  • Heather
    August 19, 2013

    this is one of my favorite soups, and I LOVE that you made it in 30 minutes. looks delicious

  • Christine (Cook the Story)
    August 19, 2013

    You’re so right, soup can save the day anytime. We used to do a weekly soup night. I’m going to re-institute it. My favorite thing to do is to take leftovers (like from lasagna or mac n cheese or a roast dinner) and put it into a pot with more veggies and broth. Always makes everyone in the house so happy. Love broccoli and cheddar together. Great recipe!

  • Rachel
    August 19, 2013

    I love soup when it’s cold out. It just seems to help warm the bones! Broccoli Cheese is one of my favorites, too. Will be making this for sure. And serving with a slice of bread, of course.

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