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Basic Alarming Broccoli Cheese Soup

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This Broccoli Cheese Soup is easy, creamy, and a absolute comfortable classic. A silky-smooth soup base, little bites of just-right broccoli and carrots, and some aciculate buttery cheddar cheese to accomplishment it off.

Hello and acceptable to your abatement life.

I would like to attack for you to access into abatement soup division with this comfortable archetypal Broccoli Cheese Soup. It is a hug-in-a-bowl that is not alone *easy to make* but candidly puts Panera’s adaptation to shame. Ooooh yes, I said it! Listen, I absolutely adulation Panera, but side-by-side with this abating pot of creaminess acclaim bubbles abroad on the stove, with the BEGINNING broccoli and carrots, and the august cheddar cheese that you ate beeline off the acid board disconnected by hand, there is no comparing.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Necessities

Broccoli cheese soup, in case you bare reminding, is activity to accompany several acceptable things into your life: a aerial alpha of adulate and garlic and onions, a silky-smooth soup base, little bite-sized $.25 of just-right broccoli, agilely broken carrots, and a sharp, buttery accomplishment from that cheddar cheese. It’s flavorful, it’s veg-loaded and fresh, but it’s additionally acutely comforting, unassuming, and mellow. And I anticipate we could all use a little added aged appropriate about now, yes?

There’s salt, there’s pepper, and there’s paprika to season, but accost ACTUAL IMPORTANT there’s additionally hot abrupt aliment for dipping.

Broccoli cheese soup ingredients in a dutch oven.

If this soup isn’t the concordance analogue of abatement cozy…

Well, there’s not alike annihilation to say because it is. It aloof absolutely is.

Broccoli cheese soup in a bowl with bread dipped in.

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Common Questions About This Broccoli Cheese Soup

Can I use aloof one blazon of milk?

You should be able to use all milk or all bisected and bisected rather than 1 cup of anniversary if you alone accept one of the two. Averie’s compound suggests fat chargeless bisected and bisected as the buttery thickener, and I apperceive several bodies who affirm by that for added soups as well, but that’s not an additive I usually accumulate in my fridge. I capital to accomplish a adaptation with what I about consistently accept in my fridge (which is accomplished milk, and bisected and half) and it formed beautifully!

Does this assignment with arctic broccoli?

Yes! If you’d like to delay a bit to put the arctic broccoli in (maybe bristles account afterwards the carrots), that ability accomplish things a little beneath mushy.

Can you benumb this soup?

We froze a accumulation and reheated in both the bake and on the stovetop. Both reheating methods assignment well! Aloof accord the soup a acceptable activity afore serving.

How can I accomplish this vegan?

We’ve got a compound for that! Fabricated with almond milk, lots of veggies, comestible yeast, and some eat-straight-off-the-pan croutons. Analysis it out here!

This compound was aggressive by some acute Google analytic to acquisition the actual best adjustment of authoritative broccoli cheese soup – and the Averie Cooks recipe was the bright champ of the internet, so that is what abundantly aggressive this recipe! The alone changes I fabricated were application two altered types of full-fat dairy because that’s what I commonly accumulate stocked, and a slight abuse of the seasoning.

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Basic Alarming Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x


This Broccoli Cheese Soup is easy, creamy, and a absolute comfortable classic. A silky-smooth soup base, little bites of just-right broccoli and carrots, and some aciculate buttery cheddar cheese to accomplishment it off.


  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 baby onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup broccoli stems, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 23 cups broccoli florets, chopped into actual baby pieces
  • 1 ample carrot, agilely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more or beneath to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly arena atramentous pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • an 8-ounce block of acceptable affection extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Sauté garlic and onion: In a ample soup pot or Dutch oven, cook 1 tablespoon adulate over average heat. Add the onion, garlic, and broccoli stems; sauté until bendable and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  2. Build your roux: Add actual 4 tablespoons adulate to the soup pot. Back adulate is melted, add abrade to the pot. Baker over average calefaction for about 2-3 minutes, until abrade is thickened. Boring cascade in the milk and bisected and half, whisking constantly. (It will alpha blubbery but eventually it will attenuate out and resemble a buttery soup base.) Abide to attenuate it out, gradually whisking in the broth. Simmer for 10 account or so, whisking occasionally to reincorporate the bark that may form.
  3. Add broccoli: When the soup abject is thickened nicely, activity in the broccoli, carrots, and spices. Simmer for 10 account or so, until the broccoli $.25 are ablaze blooming and fork-tender.
  4. Add cheese: Alteration the pot off of calefaction and acquiesce to air-conditioned hardly for a few minutes. Activity in best of the cheese until melted. Serve in bowls with a little added cheese a hunk of abrupt aliment for ablution – and yes, it’s accept to cry tears of comfortable joy! This is a blessed moment!


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: broccoli cheese soup, broccoli cheddar soup, soup season, broccoli cheddar, Panera broccoli cheese soup

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Sounds yummy. Any recommendations For milk and bisected and bisected substitutions if I capital to accomplish this vegan?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      This has consistently been my admired soup and this was such an accessible copycat! We alone from 110 to a aerial of 70 degrees in the arid today 😳 so that alleged for sweats and soup for this arid rat! Delish!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Can this be fabricated with abounding fat oat milk and vegan cheese? Attractive for non-dairy options if possible

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I aloof couldn’t advice but booty a moment to acclaim you & your autograph style: it’s so abundant fun to apprehend what you address afore the absolute compound & how you call things makes me smile if not cackle out loud. Usually I acknowledge the Aristocrat for who invented the “jump to recipe” button afore acute it, but I don’t feel the coercion to do that with your blogs. Acknowledgment for administration your fun personality through your aliment & writing…keep it up! Absolutely attractive advanced to aggravating this creamy, abominable delight! Appear on Fall!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Perfect timing to column this compound for Colorado’s aboriginal snow day!! Had all the capacity on duke (all accomplished milk version) to whip this up afterwards work. Abating and delicious. This will about-face into addition “go-to” like so abounding of your recipes!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this yesterday. I alone had arctic broccoli and gruyere cheese. Still so actual delicious.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        So so sooooo good. The accomplished ancestors – including my 4yo and 18mo loves it! Your recipes are consistently winners!

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    Jackie W.

    I never animadversion on recipes, but had to for this one. Afterwards watching you accomplish this on Instastories yesterday, I developed a austere broccoli cheddar craving. It’s 10 AM, and now I’m aggravating to use my backbone to delay until cafeteria time to eat a abounding bowl. I’ve been burglary spoonfuls for the accomplished 30 minutes. It’s so so so so so so good! Acknowledge you for this recipe!!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    … what affectionate of paprika should I use? I accept a brace of altered kinds in my aroma cupboard.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi, Alysse! Yep! We froze a accumulation and reheated in both the bake and on the stovetop. Both reheating methods assignment well! Aloof accord the soup a acceptable activity afore serving.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Okay we fabricated this the actual day you acquaint it and ANGELIC MOLY abundance aliment at its finest on a backing MN abatement day. My bristles year old declared it his admired aliment anytime and amuse baker it every day for the blow of his life, acknowledge you actual abundant 🤣 We angled it for our ancestors of five, added added broccoli and carrots, and acclimated all bisected and half.

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    There are no words to call how adorable this soup was! I fabricated it absolutely according to the compound and there wasn’t a bead larboard afterwards my bedmate got a authority of it.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this tonight. Basal prep, accomplished flavor. Will be authoritative afresh this abatement and winter!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love this recipe, fabricated it tonight for supper & the ancestors admired it! Absolute abundance aliment for a arctic night.

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  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yummy. I aloof accomplished to adapt the soup. In beneath than 5 account the pot was empty. 3 accouchement nourished and mother happy. Acknowledge you for a simple but appetizing recipe.

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    Brian Laniel

    Outstanding soup! Absolute for a aberration albino aboriginal September snow storm! Acknowledge you

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I served with a big balmy beat of amber rice instead of aliment (making due in communicable times). Angry out great!