Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Fall is soup season in my house, and the weather is definitely starting to cool down. It has hovered right around freezing at night the last couple of days. Which is what makes this broccoli cheese soup so perfect on a chilly fall evening.

What I love about this soup is the fact it is simple and easy to make. Broccoli cheese soup can be made quickly and with minimal effort. If you want a hearty but fast dish, this is perfect. Pairing it with a nice crusty sourdough bread is perfect! This broccoli cheese soup can also be paired with a sandwich for a hearty lunch as well.

Ingredients

Flour (¼ cup)

Broccoli (one large florett)

Onion (½ medium size onion, chopped)

Garlic (2 cloves, chopped)

Butter (½ stick)

Chicken broth (1 can)

Heavy cream (½ cup)

Milk (2 ½ cups)

Parmesan Cheese (½ cup, or simply a couple of handfuls)

Mozzarella cheese (1 package/2 cups/8 ounces)

Sharp cheddar cheese (1 package/2 cups/8 ounces)

Salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Directions

I started to saute the garlic and onions in some butter. As that was going, I added the broccoli as I chopped it up. I used the stems, as I like broccoli stems. Because the stems are so dense, they need to be chopped up into small bites. Otherwise they will never cook and stay crunchy.

After that was done, I added more butter and then flour and cooked it. I added the chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Once this was done and everything mixed/stirred well, I added in the heavy cream and milk.

Turn the heat up and continuously stir until the flour and butter were incorporated and the soup was hot. Then add in the cheese. I used parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar. I love cheese and this soup is the perfect vehicle for that.

Once the soup is hot and the cheese has melted into it, it is ready to be served! I took a nice sourdough bread and simply dipped it in the soup to eat it. It can be toasted in the oven with some butter or olive oil. Or it can be made into garlic bread with some cheese melted on top.

There is a lot of things you can do with the bread to enhance this meal even more. The key is a good crusty bread that you can dip into the soup and eat it that way. For me, it makes the meal that much better.

Notes

I love the fact that this soup came together quite quickly, and I was able to feed Nathan before he went to work. Normally on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, he will run by a fast food place and grab a burger on his way to work. Nothing wrong with that. But I love the fact I could give him a good hearty meal I made this past weekend instead. That kind of made my day, actually.

Nathan also commented about not having to stop and eat on his way to work, and expressed his appreciation for that. That is his normal routine, but I think he appreciated a break in the normal for something better, and that made me happy. Because for me, cooking for him is part of how I express love. I thoroughly enjoy taking the time and effort to make him a meal, and seeing him eat it and enjoy it. It is almost like art. I created something for someone to enjoy.

Discussion

Have you tried this broccoli cheese soup recipe? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Check out my other soup recipes!

14 thoughts on “Broccoli Cheese Soup”

  1. This is perfect on a day like today when it’s rainy and cold and you barely want to move as it is. Broccoli cheese soup is so satisfying when done right. Anything I’ve ever had that was store-bought just wasn’t as good as the real thing. Panera does broccoli and cheddar that is decent but I like the multiple kinds of cheese in this recipe way better. The fact that it comes together quickly is a huge benefit as well.

  2. Erica, I love this recipe. I have been looking for a new recipe to try out, and this one will definitely be added to my new recipe list. I agree a nice crusty bread dipped in a delicious soup is always the best. -It makes everything that much more enjoyable. It has been snowing over where I live, so I think I will make this soup very soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. Nothing like a warm bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup. Your recipe is excellent but here is my secret ingredient a dab of sour cream on top. My moth made that soup that way when I was young and the cream makes so good. I also love hot sauce on it too.

  4. Until very recently, I had never seen point of cheese soup. It was just so weird to me. Then this past Fall, I tried a cheese cauliflower soup and fell in love. Cheese soups are amazing! I read through your recipe and it looks really easy — I’ll definitely give it a try.

  5. Hi Erica,

    You wrote that Fall is soup season in your house, but I am reading your recipe on a rainy winter day, and thinking that nothing could be better right now than a home-made hot broccoli cheese soup. I can almost smell its aroma just by looking at the picture in your post.

    Actually, I just thought that your recipe for broccoli cheese soup is very useful to me as it’s made on a chicken broth. I love chicken salad with grapes and nuts, but when I make it, it leaves me with a lot of chicken broth. I add rice or noodles to make it a soup and we drink it as a broth, but having it always the same way is boring. Now I’ve learned from you another use for my chicken broth. Thank you!

    ~ Julia

  6. I am a HUGE broccoli cheese soup fan, but I’ve never tried making my own before. I love that this looks so simple. We make soup regularly during the colder months, so I will have to add this into our rotation!

  7. Yum! Your recipes always sound so good Erica. Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables so I think I’d really enjoy this soup. It looks so warm and comforting.

  8. Yum! Broccoli and cheese soup is such a comfort meal, for me. I especially love it diving into a bowl when it’s cold, and rainy outside. The cherry on top is having a nice piece of sourdough bread to accompany my soup. Delish!

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