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broccoli cheese soup

The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup

Inspiring Kitchen
A rich and creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup with tender pieces of fresh broccoli and cheddar cheese that is full of flavor. This may remind you of Panera Bread's Broccoli Cheese Soup.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 6 quart Dutch oven or soup pot
  • Fry pan


  • 1 Onion, small yellow or white diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups stock, vegetable or chicken
  • 2 cups milk, fat free half and half or regular half and half not skim
  • 3-4 cups broccoli, fresh can use stalks as well as florets, chopped to bite size pieces
  • 2 carrots, large peeled, sliced thin in rounds or strips
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper, fresh ground
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded shred yourself not pre-shredded bag from store


  • In small fry pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter, adding diced onion. Mix till onions on translucent. Add minced garlic, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn. 30 seconds or so. Take pan off heat.
  • In 6 quart stockpot or dutch oven, add 4 tablespoons butter. Once melted, add 1/4 cup flour. Whisking constantly until flour is totally incorporated. This is the roux that will thicken the soup. This takes about 3-4 minutes. Pan should be on low heat.
  • Add stock continuing to whisk. Then add milk whisking to blend.
  • When liquid is blended, let simmer for 15-20 minutes till it has reduced slightly. You will want to keep whisking periodically to remove the film that naturally forms across the top of the liquid.
  • Add broccoli, carrots, onion and garlic mixture. Mix. Add salt, pepper, dry mustard powder and paprika stirring to incorporate all ingredients.
    broccoli cheese soup pot of ingredients
  • Let simmer 20 minutes to cook vegetables and mingle flavors.
  • Shred 8 ounces or more of cheddar cheese (I used medium sharpness). Suggestion to not buy the pre-shredded cheese as it doesn't melt easily.
    broccoli cheese soup cheese
  • Turn heat off pot, add 3/4 of the shredded cheese to soup mix saving the rest for the top of each bowl. Note: Cheese lovers may want more cheese.
Keyword Broccoli, Broccoli Cheddar, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Copycat, Panera Bread, soup