Gail's Broccoli Soup


Heartier version of traditional broccoli cheese soup. We would serve this on Christmas Eve before church when I was a kid.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 cups


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 3 cups water

  • 7 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 1 large russet potato, cubed

  • 6 carrots, cubed

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen broccoli florets

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons dried chives

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound processed cheese food (such as Velveeta ®), sliced


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot; cook and stir the onion in the hot oil until soft, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Pour water and chicken bouillon cubes to the pot; cook and stir until the bouillon dissolves, about 4 minutes.

  3. Stir the potato and carrot into the mixture in the pot; cook another 4 minutes.

  4. Pour milk into the pot; add broccoli, garlic, chives, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to the mixture, stir, and cook until warm, about 4 minutes.

  5. Stir the sliced processed cheese food into the soup, bring to a simmer, and cook and stir until the cheese food is melted completely into the soup, about 5 minutes.

  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the potatoes and carrots are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  7. Remove and discard the bay leaf to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
12g Fat
18g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 1165mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 28mg 140%
Calcium 303mg 23%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 551mg 12%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.