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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup - Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes that even the pickiest of eaters will go crazy for!

Broccoli Cheese Soup - Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

Growing up in a very traditional Korean household, we rarely had American food on the table. If it was American, it was usually the kid’s meal from McDonalds or a 20-piece chicken nugget box. But we actually had one American staple in our pantry, and that was Campbell’s soup, particularly Campbell’s Tomato soup. It was one of my favorite American meals that we had in our house, especially because you can get so creative with so many different kinds of toppings, from mozzarella cheese to garlic croutons!

Broccoli Cheese Soup - Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

Broccoli Cheese Soup - Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

Broccoli Cheese Soup - Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

Campbell’s is still a staple in our house today, and I’m always stocked up on their broths for a quick an easy meal like this broccoli cheese soup. It comes together so quickly in less than 30 minutes and it’s loaded with tons of fresh broccoli goodness in a warm and creamy soup. Even the pickiest of eaters will be begging for seconds!

Broccoli Cheese Soup - Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Warm, cheesy, rich broccoli cheese soup made in less than 30 minutes. Comfort food never tasted so good!

10 minutes20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 heads broccoli, cut into florets and finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, vegetable broth and heavy cream, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in broccoli.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Stir in cheeses, a handful at a time, until smooth, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Cooking Classy.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 531.4 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38.0g 58%
Saturated Fat 22.0g 110%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 121.5mg 41%
Sodium 877.9mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 30.2g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%
Sugars 16.8g
Protein 20.5g 41%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had some broccoli I had to do something with before going bad, so I got on line and found this Wonderful recipe for Broccoli soup. I had all the ingredients except the heavy cream, so I substituted Half and Half in it’s place. I had to add a couple of tbls of flour to thicken it up, but other wise it was nearly the same. Like so many other on this site, this soup is absolutely wonderful. I did how ever use my emulation blender to break up the big pieces of broccoli making it as smooth as silk. I pared it with hot, crispy garlic bread. Let me tell you folks, it was totally to die for, and if possible, it was even better the second day.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have made this recipe twice along with many of her other recipes. Occasional based on what i have in the fridge minor modifications can be made and never hinder the quality or flavor. Chungah is a cooking genius. Not only are her recipes damn delicious, they are delightful and deliberate! Simplicity and ease are two factors which I appreciate! I know this may sound narrow minded but anytime I’m looking up a recipe I go to her first! This soup has gotten raving reviews from everyone I’ve served it to including my children! Yay! 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this with my students. We had to make quad-triple the recipe (making it in two pots). Turned out perfect! We served the soup with homemade croutons. It was even better the next day.

  4. Can I replace milk with coconut milk???

  5. I made this last night for the 4th time!  Delicious every time.  The only thing I add is a little bit of powdered mustard 1/2-1 teaspoon  and  a couple ( 3-4 shakes)  of paprika.  Fantastic!  Thank You for the recipe!!

  6. I followed your recipe. Easy, quick, and hit the spot. Thank You

  7. Made this soup last weekend and it really was “damn delicious”.  Loved by everyone!  This was my first time making broccoli cheese soup, and your recipe is a winner.  Thanks so much!

  8. Wow!!!! This soup is fantastic! I made this with my kids and we all declared it to be the best cream of broccoli ever. Thank you!

  9. do you prefer this one over your newer Panera copycat broccoli soup? Just making that one, but didn’t realize you had this one as well. Very similar. Just wondering if you had one you prefer more.

  10. Just made this for my family- everyone loved it! Will definitely be making again in the future. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  11. Just made this. Yummy! Thanks so much for the recipe. 

  12. I made this soup tonight.  I liked the flavor, but the texture was grainy. Any suggestions to get a smoother result?  Thanks!

  13. Panera was my “go to” when I wanted Broccoli and Cheddar soup…I’m so glad I tried this recipe it is absolutely delicious! I paired it today with homemade baked bread and it was to die for! I will be making this recipe a lot more in the future since fall has arrived!

  14. I was wondering because I was was wanting to make this this week. Is broccoli cooked or do you put it in raw?

  15. This was wonderful! Much better than restaurant versions I’ve had! I used GF flour and it came out great! Thanks!

  16. Darn..I wish I saw this a week ago when I made a big pot of this for my family. I was thinking “where can I find a good recipe”?….Anyway, mine came out pretty good and I thought I’d share my ideas…I started out my soup by sweating a medium onion and a granny smith apple in 2 tbs. of butter, seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh grated nutmeg. I fought myself not to add any bacon, trying to be greener. I created the “roux” with flour. Then I added the broccoli, stock, milk (not cream) and simmered until tender…hand blended it, and then added in about 3 large handfuls of cheese. Seasoned with s&p, and garnished with, more cheese of course. Added in some home med croutons.

  17. Looks yummy. I’ll make it tonight

  18. Just finished making and eating this. Read thru the recipe and did a few substitutions and it still came out wonderfully!! I only had soy milk, so used canned milk w/equal pts water instead. Didn’t have heavy cream so used whipping cream. No thyme in the house. Used my leftover cooked broccoli and added extra cheese. I used my immersion blender (wonderful tool) to chop broccoli up a bit. He’s on his second bowl so it must be good!! Thank you…

  19. So trying this later! I have yet to come across one of your recipes I haven’t liked! Thank you for all the flavor inspirations sometimes I need a wake up to my cooking senses and I restart my cooking creations!

  20. Thanks for this nice receipe !

    I tried with smoked scamorzza since I didn’t have any cheddar, the result might be less creamy (maybe because I wasn’t too accurate on some steps too ahah) and it’s just delicious. I’m glad I found your blog heh 😉

    Thanks again !

  21. I made the soup and it was fine for me, and easy….but my kids didnt like the texture, as it was a little gritty, not smooth and perfectly creamy enough. What did I do wrong? Added too much cheese maybe?

    • Julie, it’s really difficult for me to answer what you did wrong as I was not in the kitchen with you. But I honestly don’t think you did anything wrong – this soup is meant to have a bit of texture to it!

  22. Love broccoli and cheese soup! Definitely trying this one.

  23. I never comment on these recipe blogs, but I have to tell you that I’ve tried many of your recipes with great success! Btw, this is the best brocc cheese soup recipe ever! Thank you.

  24. I I just finished making/ eating this soup and it was delicious! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  25. Could you substitute half and half for the heavy cream? On a diet 😉

  26. This is nice and easy to make for a beginner like me, and the best part is it is sooo freaking amazingly good! I’ve also added carrots to it. The first time I made the recipe exactly as is, and I’ve made it twice since but upped the ingredients a bit because my boyfriend and I loved it so much we needed more so we could have some to bring to work for lunch the next day. I did 5 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 tbsps minced garlic, 1 large whole onion, 5 tbsp flour, 4 c milk, 2 1/2 c low sodium broth, 1/2 c heavy cream and 3-4 BIG heads of broccoli, 2 c cheddar. I added a few more minutes to each cook time. This was enough to feed 3 people who all had seconds, and left enough for 2 to have more the next day. My boyfriend and I both agree this is the best broccoli soup we’ve ever had, so thank you!!

  27. Just finished making this soup and eating it for dinner. The recipe does not specify fresh or died thyme. I used fresh and doubled the amount and I still barely tasted it, but the soup was still incredible. I also did finely chopped broccoli and chunks for texture but it meant the 6-8 minutes didn’t make them tender enough. I still went back for seconds. This soup was fabulous. My son helped me make it and he loves it too. Thank you

  28. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit in the house! I ended up adding another cup of chicken broth just before serving because the soup was a little on the thicker side (not that I’m complaining lol), and I added more cheese because you can’t go wrong with sharp cheddar. Will definitely be making this again!

  29. Hi! This looks great, but it comes up as a vegetarian recipe, even though it uses chicken broth. Is there a vegetarian alternative that can be used? I’d love to make it!

  30. Do you dilute the chicken broth with water and then measure 2 cups? Or is it just 2 cups, straight from the can?

    • As indicated in the recipe, you will need 2 cups of chicken broth only. There is no need for water and diluting.

  31. I made it today along with honey salmon of yours
    but, Oh god! the soup was very yammy but, really heavy we couldn’t eat the salmon so,we save them for dinner

    Its defiantly one of my favorite soup to make !
    thank you very much

  32. I just made this soup for dinner tonight. Left out the onion and Parmesan, but it still tastes amazing! Thanks for the recipe! 😀

  33. I spotted your recipe this winter on Pinterest and made it. Everyone enjoyed it, thanks for sharing.

  34. Not one to have fresh broccoli in the house, would frozen work. Seems I’m the only one that loves broccoli so one thing in the freezer at all times. I’d thaw it out and drain it first. Would it work? Broccoli cheddar is my favorite soup. I want a bowl now lol

    • You can certainly used thawed frozen broccoli but I cannot speak for how much this will change the taste/texture of this dish.

  35. Would it be possible to use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth, or would it lose it’s flavor? (I’m vegetarian)

  36. What would you do to add mushrooms to this recipe as well?

    I’ve made this once before and it was delicious!

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  39. Made this tonight and it was super yummy! I might add more cheddar cheese next time though….Question, can this refrigerate/freeze and be reheated later? Thanks!

    • Yes, you can definitely store in fridge and reheat the leftovers. I’m not entirely sure about the freezer method – it never lasted that long to end up in the freezer!

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  41. Quick question: what does three heads of broccoli mean? LIke, three whole big stalks? i.e. you would estimate that you end up with a cup of cut up broccoli? 5 cups? I’m confused 🙂

    Love your recipes and your blog. Thanks for doing this!

  42. I just tried this and it was delicious. I substituted corn starch for the flour to try to keep it a little lower in carbs and it come out great. I will be making this recipe again. Thanks!

    • This sounds AMAZING, but am I able to use corn or coconut flour instead of regular flour??

      • Or I will try corn starch. But how much??

        • You can certainly try substituting coconut or corn flour and even cornstarch but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. Using substitutions may also result in a mediocre outcome.

  43. I made this tonight and although it tastes great, it’s a little runny for me. I’m not an advanced cook so I’m wondering what’s the best way to thicken it up. Thanks in advance!

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  45. That bowl and I need to meet up… this is one of my favorite soups. And I can completely relate with the whole food thing… While everyone was talking about their Friday night pizza dinner, I was all like, “yeah…well…I’m having roasted red peppers with sheep cheese! Take that!” 😉

  46. I wanna come to your house for a big bowl of this yumminess!

  47. Broccoli Cheese looks very good. I will try this recipe right now!

  48. Yay! This looks super yummy. I just pinned it! I plan to make it for lunch one day during Christmas break while all my kiddos are home!

  49. This looks like a warm bowl of comfort!

  50. Love it! I made your potatoe, ham, corn with a drizzle of bacon stew last night and was Deee-Lish! Can’t wait to try this!

  51. I’ve been slurping up this stuff at Panera like nobody’s business! Your homemade version looks absolutely sca-rumptious, Chung-Ah!

  52. Broccoli Cheese is my favorite soup of all time, I’ve tried countless times to make it at home which all ended up in a big fat fail. Gots to try this version!

  53. Another great soup! This one is my daughter’s favourite, so I’ll definitely be trying your recipe soon.

  54. I just recently found your blog through Pinterest. I want to eat everything you post! You take awesome pictures of the food you make!

  55. I love broccoli cheese soup! It’s always been one of my favorites!

  56. looks incredible! I want a big bowl right now!

  57. Love the traditional broccoli and cheese soup! This is a perfect warm-you-up dinner for the Winter! Yum!

  58. My post goes live in an hour! Love it that we’re on the same day! And this soup looks awesome! Pinned! I am literally eating broccoli right now as I type this!