Rich Broccoli Cream Soup Recipe
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Rich Broccoli Cream Soup Recipe

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Go ahead and indulge in a bowl of this rich and creamy soup…it’s deliciously thick, flavorful and full of broccoli. Homemade soup never tasted so good!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 bunches broccoli, trimmed and coarsely chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 307 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 753mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Add the broccoli, broth, garlic salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cream; cook 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Rich Broccoli Cream Soup in Country October/November 2006, p49

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seasons01 User ID: 7880121 241136
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Skipped the celery cornstarch and only used a 1/2 pint if that of the whipping cream. Didn't have time to saute so I used powder everything. I boiled water.. put in butter then added frozen broccoli that had been in the fridge so a soft freeze. Drained and blended in blender with chicken stock and 1/4 cup of broccoli water. Very good. Next time I will make it the way it says and see if I can get a 5 star."

gemigirl User ID: 8550691 233559
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"The broth amount is correct, be sure to cover the pot on quite low heat during the broccoli cooking phase - if it's not covered, a lot of the liquid will cook off. I made this with two tweaks: added minced garlic and regular salt instead of garlic salt, and added crushed red pepper to the celery/onion. A great soup for those who prefer chunky instead of velvety, pureeed soups!"

Wokar User ID: 6557870 66284
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"Loved it added Bacon bits"

overthetop55 User ID: 7134810 93734
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"It seemed to lack something. I would probably add nutmeg or some chesse the next time I make it to kick it up a notch. I did bump up the chicken broth to about double the amount and it worked out fine. I also pureed the broccoli prior to adding the whipped cream. It is very rich."

kimsecristwoolums User ID: 7467884 114904
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"The soup was really good ; good recipe"

Grama Duchess User ID: 5191597 160676
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"EXCELLENT FLAVOR. I substitute evaporated skim milk for the cream and some of the broth with no decrease in the delicious taste. My husband loves this soup and asks for it often. Changing the broccoli to a different veg makes delicious soup of any kind."

queenofthemean2 User ID: 7089575 161268
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"using potato flakes is pobably better and faster than adding 3 potatoes mashed. also, try cooking the broccli only 15 to 25 minutes and cut off the stems and cook longer. take this water cooked with the stemi and add to the soup instead of just water. The flavors are Better....."

collegeave User ID: 2051962 166840
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"definitely do not add more broth. It does look like in the beginning that there is not enough but when you add the milk it is fine. I blended some of the broccoli to make it creamier and left some chunks. Pretty good. Would make it again. I did use whole milk, not heavy cream."

scarlettesong User ID: 5947306 146130
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"Don't listen to the other reviewers! I read the reviews first saying that there wasn't enough chicken broth, so I bumped it up to 3 cups and made the rest of the soup as written. It ended up watery and horrible even with the cornstarch! I doubled up on spices and used crackers but it wasn't salvageable. Next time I will make it as shown and see how it turns out. I don't know about them, but I made sure to cover mine while it cooked which would've kept in the water instead of boiling it off. Maybe that makes the difference."

camaro72 User ID: 4893572 114890
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Please check for revisions before making this recipe.....the amount of broth appears wrong.....increased it to one full quart container and it was a success!"

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