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4.86 from 7 votes

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup - So easy to prepare and so full of cheesy broccoli flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, cheese, fresh, soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 426kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large head fresh Broccoli (a few cups of chopped florets)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra for topping)
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Half and Half, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Dice the onion small, mince the garlic, and shred the carrots.
  • For the broccoli, chop 2/3 of it into tiny florets [just cut off as much stem as you can and it'll fall apart in the pot] and then take the remaining 1/3 and give it a rough chop so you have a few large pieces to add to the soup. (optional)
  • Add your veggie broth to a pot over medium-high heat, add 2/3 of your broccoli [about 2 cups of florets] as well as your onion, garlic, carrots, and bay leaf. Simmer on medium, covered, for about 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Start your roux when the vegetables are almost done: In a large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Once melted, slowly add 3 tablespoons of flour as you whisk constantly. Cook the roux about 2 minutes to remove the flour taste.
  • Slowly pour the broth from your vegetables into the roux and whisk to incorporate.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the vegetables. Next, pour the vegetables into the roux/broth mixture and slowly stir in 1 cup of room temperature half and half.
  • Turn the burner to very low heat.
  • Season with the above herbs and spices.
  • Add the cheese in small batches until all melted.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.

Extra Broccoli:

  • Blanch in boiling water or steam in your microwave. Add to the soup.
  • Garnish with extra cheese, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 867mg | Potassium: 822mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7221IU | Vitamin C: 148mg | Calcium: 465mg | Iron: 2mg