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Broccoli Cream Soup

This soup has a wonderful fresh flavor. I've never had a better broccoli soup.—Beth Hart, Walworth, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 9 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Pinch each dried basil, thyme and rubbed sage
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • In a large saucepan, bring broccoli and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. In a small skillet, saute onion in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender; add to broccoli mixture. Stir in the bay leaf and remaining seasonings. simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir into broccoli mixture; add buttermilk and cream. Heat through (do not boil). Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 265 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1005mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Ted &Anne
    Aug 23, 2019

    We had about 4 cups of left over broccoli and I suggested to my wife,A "Let try and make a cream of broccoli soup." We found the Taste of Home recipe, halved each of the ingredients, followed the directions, made the soup, and tomorrow I am going to the grocery store to buy broccoli just to make soup. It was Grrreat.

  • SusanMiller0123
    May 14, 2018

    An absolutely wonderful soup! Easy to prepare and loved by even those who don't care for broccoli!

  • APU1980
    Apr 30, 2017

    The buttermilk gives this recipe its distinctive flavor. I have been making this Broccoli Cream Soup since it originally was published in Taste of Home--outstanding!

  • Joan
    Dec 11, 2016

    Made exactly per recipe and it was yummy and full of flavor! Might try varying the vegetables next time, just for fun.

    Sep 29, 2015

    I am a 5 Star Chef Of The Future....I always add my own twist on these recipes....Added Broccoli 2 medium bunch Broccoli and 1 Small head Cauliflower, Carrots, Potatoes, dice small. After putting all ingredients together and cook, I poured 1/2 into blender and pureed, added back to soup, WOW, WOW. I served with lightly toasted French Garlic Bread...A meal fit for a King/ A great fall comfort soup...

  • schweitzerca
    Jan 22, 2011

    A good recipe; liked the buttermilk in it. Calls for too much broccoli. One head or one box frozen is plenty.

  • vanessa2519
    Mar 14, 2010

    This like my mom made. Would recommend others to try. Easy to do.

  • Ellie1777
    Feb 14, 2010

    Made a double batch for a wedding shower, everyone loved it. Nice and creamy.