For most of us, soup is an essential winter dish for a comforting and warm meal. Broccoli cheddar soup is simple, delicious, and can be eaten as a stand-alone, filling meal. This hearty, rich, creamy soup features fresh broccoli, cheddar cheese, heavy cream, and garlic– perfect for a quick and easy cozy meal at home.
2 cups of broccoli (cut into florets)
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 ¼ cups of chicken broth/bouillion (or vegetable broth, or bone broth)
½ cup heavy cream
1 ½ cup cheese
4 oz cream cheese (optional: for thicker & creamier soup)
- Chop broccoli into small florets.
- In a medium saucepan, add chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic powder, and chopped broccoli. Increase heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.
- Add shredded cheddar cheese gradually, stirring constantly until melted. Make sure to keep it on a low simmer to avoid clumping
- Remove from heat immediately once all the cheese is melted. Serve while warm.
TIPS & TRICKS
BROCCOLI — Make sure to chop the broccoli into small florets. Smaller florets take less time to simmer, and the cheese won’t clump around it.
CHEESE — Make sure the temperature is not too hot. This is important to ensure that cheese doesn’t seize and clump, so keep the heat very low. Also, make sure to only add a little cheese at a time and continuously stir to avoid further clumping.
ADDITIONAL VEGGIES — Add sauteed onions, chopped cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, or any vegetable you prefer to create your own variation of this recipe.
MAKE THIS DISH VEGETARIAN — You can make this vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth/bouillon with vegetable broth.