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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My husband Eric and I eat dinner together to spend some quality time together. This cheesy broccoli cheddar soup is proof that soup doesn't need to be made in big batches to be good. —Cheryl McRae, West Valley, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooked chopped fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; gradually add milk and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add broccoli. Cook and stir until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Tips

How do you keep broccoli cheddar soup from curdling?

Curdling in a cream soup usually occurs when the milk or cream is added at too high of a heat. As you incorporate the milk and broth into the cooked onion and flour mixture, keep the heat at medium and stir continuously with a whisk. Once all is mixed in, then proceed to heat to a boil.

Why is my soup grainy?

In addition to curdling, cream soups can become grainy due to the type of cheese used. For best results, don’t use pre-shredded, packaged cheese; shred the cheese directly off a block. Additionally, before adding the cheese, you could add one small peeled and diced russet potato to the soup. Once it has cooked, use an immersion blender to puree the potato as you add the cheese. This will help emulsify the milk and cheese, keeping the soup creamy without affecting flavor.

Can you freeze broccoli cheddar soup?

We don't recommend freezing most dairy-based soup recipes, as the soup tastes grainy once reheated. Read more tips on freezing soups .
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 494 calories, 37g fat (24g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 1145mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Angela
    Jun 15, 2020

    I love this recipe and I would just recommended putting 3/4 cups of cheese

  • Kaylyn
    Jun 5, 2020

    This recipe was easy and delicious and a big hit in my house. I didn't have chicken broth so i used beef broth, still absolutely delicious. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of mustard and soy sauce (substitution for worchestire) the frozen broccoli i used was broccoli with cheese sauce which really amped it up. I fully believe if i hadn't doctored this recipe it would still be fantastic but i really enjoyed my changes

  • Lizette
    May 19, 2020

    VERY good tastning and VERY easy to make

  • chris
    May 16, 2020

    Absolutely delicious. I used a frozen box of broccoli with rice and cheese sauce, cause that's what I had. Also added some celery with the onion. It does get thick. Just added a little milk to it and it was perfect. Had with some Texas Toast for dunking. Great! I live alone so these kind of recipes are perfect for me. TOH thanks again for another keeper. Cheryl, great job.

  • Ellen
    Apr 29, 2020

    I used heavy cream instead of 2%. I added an extra cup of broccoli. I also added a little extra cheese. Was a little thin and not much flavor so I added extra onion powder and a little garlic salt. Easy recipe ..

  • Jameelah
    Apr 28, 2020

    I don’t know why people say this recipe was bland. I triple this recipe for some fasting people in Ramadan and it was delicious. The only thing I did differently was use whole milk instead. I did not have 2% or 1%.

  • Lily
    Apr 19, 2020

    Pretty tasteless but I don't expect much from seasonings since most recipes are good as a starting point. I added a little bit more broth because I like it that way. Fantastic recipe and super easy to follow!

  • ajudylee
    Apr 7, 2020

    I can't seem to mess this up. I won't say I followed directions exactly... but mostly..This will be an awesome base for any creamy soup I think up... chowder, potato, get the idea? the changes I made were due to what was in my pantry at the time I had the urge to cook... didn't have an onion so used onion power only had 1% milk ... had a hand full of carrots and celery so diced them and added. made for flavor I like and some more color... always happy to find a way to use that last little bit of anything... This is Great , Even I can't ruin it...

  • Debra
    Apr 5, 2020

    The only bad thing is the same I’ve seen others say: no leftovers!! Yum! I also added zucchini and red bell peppers.

  • Margaret
    Mar 29, 2020

    What an easy and delicious soup! I had all the ingredients on hand, except for the broccoli! I was able to find a bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower at a nearby store, and that worked great. I only added some garlic powder, and a packet of chicken boullion. I was so surprised how well it turned out - my husband agreed! Just great for 2 small bowls each, No leftovers!