Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to Make Broccoli-Cheddar Soup: My Step-By-Step Recipe

Today's post, as I promised yesterday, is my recipe for Broccoli-Cheddar Soup:

Susan's Broccoli-Cheddar Soup


  • 1 or 1.5 lb. broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 48 oz. chicken broth
  • 4 or 5 potatoes, cubed (about 1.5 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup cream, half-and-half, or milk
  • salt, pepper and celery salt to taste. (Optional: For more flavor, add a little thyme or tarragon.)


  • Mince garlic and chop onion.  Prep potatoes and broccoli.
This little chopper was a wedding present over
2 decades ago, and it has seen a lot of use!

  • Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  

  • Add garlic and onion to pan; sauté over medium heat until soft.

  • Stir in chicken broth.  Bring to a boil
Purchased chicken stock is fine - homemade is even better.

Add cubed potatoes to pan.

Add potatoes first, then broccoli.

  • Cook about 5 minutes.  Then add broccoli and continue cooking, until potatoes are soft and broccoli is tender.

  • Puree vegetables in broth until smooth.  This can be done using an immersion blender right in the pot.  If you use a regular blender, soup can be pureed in batches, but use caution with hot liquids, and cool it down before blending.  Return to pot.)
I love my immersion blender - making soups with it is so easy!

  • Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, simmer and stir until well melted. 
  • Stir in milk or cream to desired creaminess and texture.  Add seasonings to taste.

  • Garnish with shredded cheese, and serve while hot, with some crusty bread or a roll.
Homemade Broccoli-Cheddar Soup!

So - there you have it.  I suggest you use this recipe as a guide.  I do something different each time I make it. Consider all quantities listed just as estimates, and feel free to adjust amounts and even ingredients as you prefer.

This is an easy recipe - it took me longer to prepare and publish this post than it did to make the soup!

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What is your favorite soup?  Do you have a favorite recipe?


  1. Yum - this looks so good! Ever since I was pregnant with my firstt son, I cannot eat broccoli - it makes me so sick. Very sad, because it's one of my favorite vegetables. But my family loves it so I will make this for them!

    1. So very sad Lana -- our kids owe us in so many ways! ;) You are a good mom and wife to make something you don't like!


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