THE BEST Broccoli Cheddar Soup | Easy Recipe From Scratch


Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Here is the best broccoli soup recipe from scratch. Broccoli cheddar soup is a favorite of many home cooks. 

If you love ordering this tasty soup at restaurants when you see it on the menu, then you will also love just how EASY (and how much better) it is to make broccoli cheddar soup from scratch.

You are going to love this broccoli cheddar soup recipe! You don't even realize just how amazing broccoli cheddar soup can be until you make it from scratch, using fresh vegetables. What a difference!

broccoli cheddar soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup From Scratch

Ingredients: Here's what you need

  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 1 small purple onion (can use two of another onion if you have a preference. I love using purple onions for the flavor and the color add!)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of half and half milk
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of broccoli, cut into small pieces (stem use is up to you!)
  • 2 regular-sized carrots, sliced into thin circles
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to finish if you like a little kick!
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese

Directions: How To Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

1. You are going to start this broccoli cheddar soup recipe by dicing the onions and garlic and saute on low heat with some oil. You want to get them to the point where they are translucent and sweeten up! Just keep it low so your garlic does not brown and burn. Burnt garlic does not add good flavor to broccoli cheddar soup! lol

how to make broccoli cheddar soup recipe

how to make broccoli cheddar soup recipe

2. In a separate pot, you are going to make a roux! A roux is a mixture of butter brought to a low boil, with flour added. The butter cooks the flour and this becomes a base for another liquid to be added: typically stock or milk. A roux is used to thicken a base for soups and sauces and is very versatile in the flavors it can carry!

Add 5 tbsp of butter to a pot and bring to a low boil.

how to make broccoli cheddar soup recipe

3. Add flour to the hot butter and whisk together. The butter will cook the flour, allow this to cook for about 4 minutes.

4. Slowly add the half and half milk. Add just a little, about a half a cup, and whisk. I need to add that a whisk is really essential in making a roux. I'm sure it can be done with a fork, but I highly suggest having a whisk around! You can check out this trusted whisk by OXO on Amazon here which is a brand we trust. The mixture will turn basically into a playdough-looking ball but don't worry! Add the next half cup of milk and stir. Yes, playdough again. Keep adding the half and half until totally combined. By the end of your milk, it should start to look a bit more creamy.

broccoli cheddar soup recipe

broccoli cheddar soup recipe

5. Once totally mixed, you should have a thick and creamy looking mixture. No longer playdough! You can now mix in your broth slowly, still whisking. The creamy mixture will now take on a soup-like consistency.

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6. Allow soup base to thicken over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring ever so often to keep the bottom from burning. Meanwhile, let's chop those veggies! Broccoli and carrots are up!

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broccoli cheddar soup how to make

7. After 20 minutes, add your dry mustard, paprika, salt and pepper and stir in. Next, add the vegetables and the onion/garlic mixture.

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easy broccoli cheddar soup

8. Add 1 cup of your grated cheese to the soup and stir. The remaining half cup of cheese will be your garnish on top of the individual bowls.

easy broccoli cheddar soup recipe


9. Pour into bowls, garnish with cheese and sprinkle with a bit of cayenne pepper for some spice! Serve immediately.

Broccoli cheddar soup easy recipe

Broccoli cheddar soup easy to make

If you are wondering about the bowls you see in our photos, they are an absolute favorite for serving soup in! Although you can't get the exact ones, you can find similar ones on Amazon here.

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The Best Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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2 Responses

DIY Craft Club Admin
DIY Craft Club Admin

June 22, 2021

Hi CC DB, Wow, it sounds like you made a fantastic version of our soup! We will have to try what you did. Was the Mexican spice like a spicy kind of spice? Might be interesting to give this recipe a kick with some extra heat at the end. So glad you liked it, be sure to bookmark the link to find us again :) Thanks for the feedback and ideas!


June 22, 2021

I had a serious craving for this soup. I did adjust a few things that I think made an awesome flavor.
I used the following: 1 medium shallot diced. 2 garlic cloves diced. 3 additional tablespoons of butter to the 5. I increased the volume with a 2:1 (broth: half and a half) in addition to the 2:2 in the recipe. Broccoli was quartered, halved, or whole. why? i figured as the vegetable cooked it would soften enough so stabbed the large pieces to indicate whether it was done. I also added a stupid amount of cheese. I would often set the heat low enough to rumble a boil, lid it, then turn off the burner. Oh, and i did not have paprika so i used a similar mexican spice. Super Awesome!!!!!! I doubt i could recreate this.

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