Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl Recipe
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Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl Recipe

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My creamy vegetable soup tastes like what you can get at a restaurant, especially when it's served in a bread bowl. You can find more of my recipes on my blog, —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water or additional chicken stock
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 small round bread loaves (about 8 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup soup: 422 calories, 32g fat (19g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 904mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat butter over medium heat; saute onion and garlic until tender, 6-8 minutes. Stir in broccoli, carrot, stock, cream and seasonings; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Cut a slice off the top of each bread loaf; hollow out bottoms, leaving 1/4-in.-thick shells (save removed bread for another use). Fill with soup just before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl in Soups Bookazine 2016

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shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 260156
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

"wanted a good warm soup as we have been really cold here and this was great. i loved the creamy cheese texture. i served without the bread bowls but it was still very good."

Robbcobb11 User ID: 8788116 255342
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"This recipe was easy to make and tasted great. I made it exactly as specified in the recipe. My husband and I both enjoyed it. The leftovers tasted just as good as the night it was prepared. I will definitely make this again."

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 249452
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

"Easy to make and tastes delicious. You can also use frozen broccoli florets if you don't have fresh."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 247301
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"Yummy!! This can also be made as cauliflower soup, equally as good!! I don't add garlic, just my preference."

elainegrainger User ID: 8828243 247156
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"My husband and I really loved this soup recipe. The only change I made was to not use the bay leaves. This was a personal choice as I find bay leaves overpower the natural flavours."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 247152
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"Was looking for a hearty soup to make for lunch at the cabin. This is wonderful! Followed recipe and topped with crumbled bacon. Will definitely make again!"

Lauraanddiva User ID: 6498235 247131
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2016

"So nice to see real reviews of the actual recipe instead of fawning "it looks so wonderful' replies from other bloggers'"

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 247058
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"Wonderful recipe! I received this one in my email earlier today and picked up the bread, broccoli and half-and-half I needed on my way home. I grated the carrot instead of chopping it but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Next time I might add some chopped ham to make it more of a complete meal for us. We had ham steaks on the side and thought it might be an interesting addition to the soup."

greenfaerae User ID: 1372022 246586
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"So Good! Didn't have the bread bowl but this was just so good as is. Easy to prepare. A keeper for sure!"

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