Cheese Broccoli Soup Recipe
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Cheese Broccoli Soup Recipe

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This simple soup has basic ingredients, but it tastes so good. The green broccoli florets and the brilliant orange carrots make this creamy soup a colorful addition to any table. —Evelyn Massner, Oakville, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 472 calories, 31 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 1033 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add carrots, broccoli and celery; cover and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, saute onion in butter. Add flour and stir to make smooth paste. Gradually add chicken broth and milk. Cook until mixture thickens, about 8-10 minutes. Add vegetables; heat until tender. Add cheese; heat until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Broccoli Cheese Soup in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p54

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Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"We really enjoy this soup. I use double the amount of broccoli, and I also use frozen broccoli florets and frozen sliced carrots for easier prep. I don't bother to thaw them - I simply cook them a little longer to begin with. I also add 1 tsp of black pepper in when pouring in the broth and milk, and it seems to give it just enough seasoning. It's a good, filling soup, quick to prepare and easy to make!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I used sharp white cheddar instead of the processed cheese. Next time I will omit the carrots and use more broccoli. Also, maybe using some of the broccoli cooking liquid would give it more broccoli flavor. I noticed some comments about lack of seasoning. I didn't even notice that salt and pepper was not listed since I always add salt and pepper as I cook. Taste and adjust."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"I tried this recipe about two years ago and it has been my "go-to" ever since! My friends and family request this soup throughout the whole year and it even faired well at a company pot-luck. The only change I make is using a mild cheddar instead of velveeta, makes for a more natural taste. This makes quite a bit of soup, so I always end up freezing some leftovers. It heats up so easily and is great to have on hand in a pinch.

You wont regret making this one!"

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"I tried this recipe last night and it was terrific. I added mushrooms at 5 minutes boil time and boiled for 2 more minutes. After the soup was completed I felt it needed acidity so I added 1/2 can of rotel original and it was a great ending to a great day!!"

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"I'm cooking for 2 using lower sodium, lower fat. So I cut everything down 1/4 of all ingredients. The salt in the chicken broth & processed cheese seemed very salty to me but I don't use much salt. I used much less cheese (1 1/2" chunk) & only 1 T. butter & it was plenty for flavor. I sauteed green onion & diced celery before adding broccoli & cauliflower (instead of carrots). I added ground dried garlic, lemon pepper, & a pinch of nutmeg after reading other reviews. I whisked the milk and flour since I used less butter."

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