Another day, another fun post! Today I am sharing one of my families favorite fall and winter meals, my tasty broccoli cheese soup! This broccoli cheese soup recipe is easy to make, so flavorful and one of our favorite meals. Keep reading to get the entire recipe!
This time of year, there is no shortage of comforting soup recipes. Are you looking for a recipe for broccoli cheese soup? Well you are in the right place! We love eating soups, stews, chilis, and chowders when it’s cold outside. My husband often jokes that if there is a cloud in the sky, he will come home to chicken noodle soup. We are a soup people!Jump to Recipe
I love soup. I could eat it for every single meal if I could. I do however have some stipulations when making and eating soup. I want it to be full of flavor, complex and savory.
This broccoli cheese soup definitely hits those marks. It has a couple secret weapons that take the flavor up a notch, adding a touch of heat and zing.
In my personal opinion I think it is way better than Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup.
The most delicious recipe for broccoli cheese soup you will ever try! With a few key ingredients this goes from plain old soup to the most amazing soup with a zip!
Want to try this easy broccoli cheese soup recipe out?
Lets chat about how to make this amazing cheese and broccoli soup for your next weeknight meal!
First, you want to start by caramelizing one large finely chopped onion with butter and olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven on medium heat. Melt butter and then add the onions. I like to spend a little extra time doing this.
You want to sautee them until they are nice and tender and have a golden color to them.
Next, you want to add your grated carrots and let them cook with the onions for a couple minutes.
Once they have softened just a bit, this is where I add my flour and more butter to the pan. I am basically cooking a roux, but I am not isolating it from the onions. A roux is when you use a fat such as butter or olive oil and all purpose flour to thicken a liquid. Let the roux mixture cook until it starts to brown.
At this point you want to add your chicken stock and half and half. You can also add your broccoli florets at this point. (You can also use the broccoli stalks or stems but I prefer to use mostly the florets). Put the lid on your pot and let it all cook for about 10 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
Once the broccoli is tender, you can add your cheese and other spices. I add sharp cheddar cheese because it has such a god flavor. Add your grated cheese, black pepper, dijon mustard, and tabasco sauce to the soup and taste it. You can add as much or as little as you want. The Tabasco sauce adds a bit of a kick to the soup and it works really well with the dijon mustard.
I think this is similar to Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup, but I think mine is better. This soup is perfect served in a nice bread bowl or with a side of crusty bread.
This is wonderful with a slice of homemade wheat bread….and I do have to say my wheat bread recipe is my favorite!
Want to try this recipe out?
Get my Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe below!
Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe
Make this delicious and comforting broccoli cheese soup recipe tonight! Its so easy to make and has a spicy kick at the end!
- 1 medium onion finely diced
- 1/2 cup butter- Plus 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 4 cups half and half
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 carrots grated
- 7-8 cups chopped fresh broccoli
- 4 cups shredded cheese
- Tabasco sauce
- dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Start by melting 1 tbsp of your butter in your pot. Add your finely diced onions and sautee them until they are caramelized. This will develop a lot of yummy flavor.
Once your onions are brown and caramelized, add the rest of your butter and your flour to the mixture. Stir and heat until the mixture becomes a paste. You are making a rue right now.
Once the flour is mixed and has cooked for a couple minutes, add your half and half. Use a whisk to mix it, then add the chicken stock. Keep it on medium heat and let it come to a boil. Continue heating until it boils and starts to thicken.
At this point, add the carrots and broccoli. Let it all cook together until the broccoli and carrots are softened. This takes about 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it and don't let it boil over or burn on the bottom. Turn the heat to medium low.
Once the veggies are softened, turn off the heat. Add your cheese and mix until well combined.
At this point you can season as needed. I add 1-2 tbsp dijon mustard and about 1 tsp Tabasco sauce along with the nutmeg and stir to combine. I add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper as well. I like to taste it at this point and see if it needs more seasoning. I often will end up adding a bit more of each, but I like to add a little bit at a time in order to prevent over seasoning. I love adding enough Tabasco sauce to give it a kick. My kids love the flavor. It's not hot or spicy, but it has a bite to it.
This is wonderful served with homemade wheat bread or some yummy garlic bread!
This is wonderful the next day after it has had time to blend its flavors even more. My kids love taking this for lunch to school.
This is a recipe you will want to have in your stash! Make this this weekend, snuggle up to a movie and enjoy all the fall feels.
The best broccoli cheese soup recipe you will ever try! Its easy to make, takes no time at all to make, and it so delicious!
Want some other great soup recipes? Here are two more of my favorites!
How about some of my most favorite recipes?
GET YOUR FREE GUIDE to 30 DIY projects that can be done over the weekend!
By subscribing, you will gain access to my FREE guide with 30 DIY projects that can each be done in a day, or over a weekend!
You will also receive a weekly email with some of my favorite tips, tricks, and design ideas.