Skip the take-out line and make this homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup in the comfort of your kitchen! Inspired by a Panera Bread classic, this soup is lusciously creamy and cheesy! Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich for the ultimate cozy dinner. This recipe serves 6.

Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

A week ago it was cold here in Michigan.

There air was just crisp enough so I could get away with wearing oversized sweatshirts, my favorite jeans and light a fall scented candle. Today it’s 77. Why does Michigan play with my heart like this? However, I’m not complaining. I know those frigid cold days will soon be here.

But luckily we will be prepared with this broccoli cheddar soup recipe.

Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

If you’ve ever had Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup then you know you how good it is. What if I said this recipe was better? Honestly, what homemade soup isn’t? And the bonus is that you can skip the drive through line and make it in the comfort of your own kitchen.

I’d call that a win-win.

ingredients for Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

To Make This Broccoli Cheddar Soup You Will Need:

  • unsalted butter
  • broccoli florets
  • yellow onion
  • carrot
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • half & half (or sub with 1 cup whole milk and 1 cup heavy cream)
  • low-sodium chicken broth
  • nutmeg
  • extra sharp cheddar cheese (must be freshly grated)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

butter melting in dutch oven

Start by melting 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a dutch oven.

add broccoli, onions and carrots with a pinch of salt

Add in 10 ounce small broccoli florets, 1 medium diced yellow onion (about 1 cup), 1 julienned carrot (about 1/2 cup) with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

sauteed veggies

Cover and sauté for 12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

heat broth and half & half until warm

Meanwhile, pour 2 cups of both half & half and low-sodium chicken broth in a sauce pan and heat on low until warm. Heating the broth and milk beforehand help thicken the soup faster.

add remaining butter to pot

When the vegetables are tender, add the remaining 1/4 cup of butter to the pan and stir until melted.

sprinkle with flour

Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour. Stir often until the flour has absorbed the butter then cook 2 to 3 minutes.

pour in warm broth and half & half

While stirring, pour in the warm half & half and broth.

season with grated fresh nutmeg

Grate in  about 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.

creamy Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Simmer uncovered over medium to medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until the soup has thickened.

mash broccoli for smaller pieces

For smaller broccoli pieces, use a potato masher to smash the broccoli and break it up.

add in freshly grated cheddar

Next add in half (roughly 4 ounces) of the freshly grated cheddar. Whether it’s white or yellow cheddar, that’s up to you!

stir in freshly grated cheddar cheese

Stir until melted and throughout the soup.

season with salt and black pepper

After you added the cheese, taste and season with 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – more or less to your liking.

ladle of Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Ladle soup into bowls.

Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Lastly, serve with a little extra cheddar on top.

Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Now you can inhale the whole bowl.

If you like a little sandwich action to tag along with your broccoli and cheddar soup, I’ve included my recipe for ham and cheese ciabatta sandwiches in the recipe printable. They are easily thrown together in seconds while your soup is bubbling away on the stove top. Dip, eat, repeat.

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Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe
Yield: 6 (1 cup) servings

Simple Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Skip the take-out line and make this homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup in the comfort of your kitchen! Inspired by a Panera Bread classic, this soup is lusciously creamy and cheesy! Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich for the ultimate cozy dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half & half (or sub with 1 cup whole milk and 1 cup heavy cream)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 10 ounces fresh broccoli florets (trimmed small)
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
  • 7 ounces white (or yellow) sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a dutch oven melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium to medium-low heat. Add broccoli, onions, carrots and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir, cover and cook until tender. About 12 minutes. This will depend on the size of your vegetables.
  2. Meanwhile, add broth and half & half to a small sauce pan and warm on low heat. No need to boil, you just want the liquids warm.
  3. Once the vegetables are tender, add in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, stir until melted. Sprinkle in the flour. Continue stirring until the butter has absorbed the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir while pouring in the warm broth and half & half. Grate in the nutmeg.
  5. Simmer uncovered over medium to medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until the soup has thickened.
  6. For smaller pieces of broccoli, use a potato masher to smash the broccoli and break it up.
  7. Turn the heat off and add in half of the grated cheddar cheese and heat through.
  8. Taste and season with 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less to your preference) and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a little of the remaining cheddar cheese.

Notes

Serve with Ciabatta Ham SANDWICHES:

you will need:

4 mini ciabatta loaves (or your favorite roll)

8 slices of ham (like Boar's Head tavern ham or Virginia ham)

4 slices of brick cheese, farmer's cheese or white american cheese

  1. Cut the mini ciabatta loaves in half horizontally.
  2. Place two slices of ham in each bottom half.
  3. Top with a piece of cheese and wrap in foil.
  4. Bake in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 368mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.