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Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

My husband Eric and I eat dinner together to spend some quality time together. This cheesy 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. YIELD:2 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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 for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Add broccoli. Cook and stir until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional 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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brendahanna User ID: 8660243 270058
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2017

"Super soup. So simple to make and will warm you on a cold winter night."

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 265402
Reviewed May. 1, 2017

"Looking to use up fresh broccoli, I tried this recipe and it is very good. Fast and simple to put together. I shredded 1/4 cup of carrot and sauteed with onion. I also added chicken bouillon when I cooked the broccoli and used 1 cup of half 'n'half cream and 1/2 cup milk. Made a perfect amount for a quick lunch for 2."

t User ID: 8970127 260583
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"I just whipped up this recipe and it was delish! I substituted ? cup heavy cream for part of the milk and WOW! it was great. I don't consider myself much of a cook, but Taste of Home has given me confidence to try new recipes. So far I have not been disappointed in any of them. Thank you Taste of Home!"

pattyp4664 User ID: 5010023 259966
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2017

"I made this delicious soup tonight. I doubled the recipe as we like left overs. I added some shredded carrots with the chopped onion and saut?ed. Added the dry ingredients~cooking for a couple of minutes. Then added the milk and stirred. I cooked fresh broccoli with one and a half cups of water with 2 teaspoons of Better n' Bouillon added. When tender I used my immersion blender to make it almost smooth and then added to the pan. OH, yum. My husband loved it. I may try this soup with cauliflower next time."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 259202
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"This was a very good, fast soup to make. I doubled the recipe for my family and used evaporated milk to make the soup a little richer. It was yummy."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 258521
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"Delicious! I made this soup for lunch and served it with a salad. Perfect for two. I substituted the chicken broth for Better n' Bouillon No chicken chicken Bouillon Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing this recipe."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 218610
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"This recipe comes together easily and tastes good. To get more out of this recipe for my family of seven I use 1 & 1/2 of the amounts for the following ingredients - flour, salt, pepper, milk, and chicken broth. An example of this would be to use the 1/4 cup of flour called for in the recipe and then use an additional 1/8 cup of flour."

AmyJo65 User ID: 8200073 217032
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"I made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! Of course I doubled the recipe because I love leftovers and I tweaked it a bit. I added finely chopped carrots and celery about a 1/8 of a cup each, and when you're sauteing the vegetables in the butter, you need to start with the carrots and celery first and saute about 10 minutes and then add the onion . I also added about an 1/8 tsp of minced garlic. then continued as the recipe says. I got pretty ambitious and made potato cheddar soup using the same base except I used half the amount of chicken stock and replaced it with some of the water I cooked the potatoes in. Amazing soup! I will be sharing this with my friends and family"

oushero User ID: 8182040 215852
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"The ingredients are correct and make an OK broccoli soup without much zing but still good. As many reviewers stated, the order and the manner in which the ingredients are added will more likely yield a clumpy texture. I just made the soup but luckily I knew how to mix the ingredients in. This is a basic concept of making roux and sauce Bechamel.

I suggest the following:
Melt the butter in a saucepan together with the flour while mixing them with a spatula. Make the mixture boil on low to medium flame for a few minutes. Your end result should be golden yellow. The idea behind mixing and boiling them together is to eliminate flour taste.
Then start adding cold milk in small batches constantly whisking the mixture. Pour and whisk. Repeat. The mixture will "plump up" while absorbing the milk. Just whisk continuously until you add all the milk. Keep on the low to medium flame and whisk until the mixture boils. The hotter it becomes the thicker it will be. It will reach its maximum thickness once it boils. The consistency depends on the amount of flour vs milk.
Unless you do something totally wrong this method will guarantee you no clumps.
Note: cold milk makes the mixture more watery and therefore easier to whisk. Should you use hot milk instead, this will create thicker mixture to begin with. I prefer to rather boil it afterwards than to use boiling/hot milk. Whisk, whisk, whisk.... and it will be perfect.
Add the cheese into the mixture and mix it in either with your spatula or with the whisk.
Nothing will clump or curdle."

abashu User ID: 6784654 512
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"I liked it, it was easy to prepare. Tasted good and especially good on a cold day. I added more cheese though."

jennt1981 User ID: 2611777 646
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"This was such a simple recipe and my family loved it. We like a lot of broth so I used 2 cups of whole milk (because that's what we have for the baby), 2 cups chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups of cheese to balance out the liquid addition. I used 1 head of broccoli chopped fine. I served the soup with fried bologna and tomato sandwiches. It was the perfect end-of-summer dinner!

P.S. Like others, I also found this soup to be a bit too thick. Another reason I added the additional milk and broth. Maybe use a bit more butter than flour?"

Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 860
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I enjoy soup every now and then, but my son is allergic to potatoes so that limits what we can have. This was a great soup and I'm sure we'll be having it again."

ClydeWoman User ID: 7322761 198314
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"I like that this recipe uses fresh, simple ingredients. I like to swap out the regular cheddar for sharp."

shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 849
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"now that fall is here, it is soup time and i like a good brroccoli cheddar soup. this is good but i feel that it could be improved by using half and half and sharp cheddar cheese to improve the flavor. also a couple of drops of hot sauce could spice it up a bit."

ladyayla121 User ID: 7302087 136
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"How do i make it less thick. Also my flour clumped together before I even put the milk and broth in. did i use to much flour or not enough butter?"

deboralbtn User ID: 231419 573
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"I always seem to have the ingredients to make this soup. We like a little more cheese than the recipe calls for. It's very easy to put together. Double or triple the recipe to serve more. It's a keeper."

susnan User ID: 4129354 845
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"I'll keep this recipe on hand for a quick warm meal. I omitted the salt and increased the cheese. Served with cornbread - delicious!"

CA Native User ID: 5228657 503
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"I forgot to add that we pour the soup into a blender, blend and then return to the pot to simmer a little while longer."

CA Native User ID: 5228657 453
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"We make this every December 26 and love it. We usually triple the recipe."

HoneySickle User ID: 6961865 843
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"This soup is good, i suggest not addig the salt until you add alll the ingredients and after you taste it. The cheese gives it a lot of salt so it was too salty. I also used heavy cream and milk and added more broccoli."

jessie.melanson User ID: 6877997 1431
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"I doubled the recipe for my family of 4 and it was MORE than enough. The soup was very good itself, however I thought it was missing something at the end. I added a probably a 1 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder and that did the trick for me! Thanks for a great, quick, and easy dinner!"

mpnlvs User ID: 3343741 840
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"boiling a recipe with milk in it makes it curdle. It had a strange texture with that and not much flavor. I won't be making this again. sorry."

estancia11880 User ID: 6386981 968
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"This was very good! I used vegetable stock, doubled the recipe and halved the butter. This gave my mother and I a generous dinner portion and a lunch portion each! Will definitely be making this again!!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 326
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"This was good, especially considering how easy it was. Needed something more, though..."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 572
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Very easy and the kids loved it."

lgibbs101 User ID: 6051287 632
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"make this all the time. I add a squeeze of spicy brown mustard. Just for a little somthing extra."

ndreamer User ID: 4612657 451
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"I subbed in some heavy cream for some of the milk. I also added a clove of garlic and a little nutmeg. Certainly needs more broccoli than it calls for. My husband loved this and he's pretty picky."

kbgrzego User ID: 1101189 1061
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"I added extra cheese to make it extra yummy! Tasted just like something I would order in a restaurant."

kerrilane User ID: 4198466 446
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Really yummy! Needed a little extra salt and pepper. It's really high in fat, so next time I'll try cutting back on the butter and increasing the broccoli."

jessie34 User ID: 3459959 967
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"I doubled the recipe and added frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. It was delicious! This one is a keeper."

fsusunflower User ID: 5424371 135
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"My whole family loved it! Very easy to make and recipe can be doubled easily. The texture was smooth and it had a nice consistency--not too thin or too thick."

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 1355
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"DELICIOUS! Recipe was wonderful the way it is but next time I might add rice."

AnitaPenrose User ID: 4614968 1059
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Love it, its so quick and easy. Make it quite often."

rharkless User ID: 1200027 839
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"The soup was a big success - my mother-in-law said it is the best she's had! I did make some adjustments to lighten it up a little, though. I increased the yield by 6x but kept the butter to 1/4 c. and used almost twice the called-for amt. of broccoli. Worth repeating!"

mariposa767 User ID: 1061551 1054
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2007

"This turned out to be the best cheesy broccoli soup that I have ever had. My mother said the same thing! It was very easy to make and I have made it over and over again."

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