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Simple Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Croutons

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"This is a classic and very simple technique for homemade vegetable soups. I'm using broccoli, but almost any vegetable will work. I am a disciple of the Gordon Ramsey school of vegetable soups. It's basically the vegetable, some stock or water, cooked until tender, pureed, and seasoned simply. His 'crazy' theory is that the star of the bowl should be the featured vegetable itself."
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25 m servings 338
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Top each toast slice with Cheddar cheese. Melt cheese with a kitchen torch until bubbling and golden, 30 seconds. (footnote: broiler)
  2. Melt butter in a pot over high heat. Cook and stir garlic in hot butter until fragrant and sizzling, about 15 seconds. Add stock to pot and bring to a boil. Stir broccoli into stock, pushing broccoli down into liquid; return to a boil and cook until broccoli is tender, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Puree broccoli mixture using an immersion blender until soup is smooth.
  4. Stir cream, cayenne pepper, and salt into soup; puree with immersion blender again until smooth, about 30 seconds. Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheese toast.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If you don't have a kitchen torch you can melt the cheese onto the toast in your oven's broiler.
  • If you don't have an immersion blender you can puree the soup in batches in a food processor or blender.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 338 calories; 21.6 24.9 14.3 65 1105 Full nutrition

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If you are looking for a baseline recipe for any veg soup, this is IT. Chef John's recipes are always easy to follow, and this one is perfect as is. I like to modify recipes, but always after I'...

UPDATE: Now when I make this soup I don't use heavy cream, just a bit of 2% milk does the trick, with less fat. I use Vegetable Broth too. It is such a healthy soup, and SO GOOD! I made this...

Great recipe. Quick and simple! Instead of the cheesy bread I added about 1 1\2 cups of shredded cheddar to the soup and a squeeze of lemon. Delish.

Excellent! Quick and simple. I did add one finely diced shallot with the garlic & butter. I used both the cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp white pepper. Pure comfort food & pretty healthy too.

This was a good recipe that we enjoyed. Pureeing it elevates it to a more elegant level. I made it as directed. The only deviation was to use low sodium chicken stock. That being said, at first ...

Fantastic! I might have added too much broccoli as it was very thick. Almost like spit pea soup thick. For extra flavor I fried up 1/2 an onion along with 2 cloves of garlic. It was not over fla...

I just made this soup as I had one large head of broccoli in the fridge that I bought at the market. The head had all the leaves and a very healthy looking stock on it so I chopped up everything...

I made this soup in less than an hour. It was delish, although I need a bit more depth. I added broccoli trunks and asparagus stems. Next time I will add kale or spinach for depth and maybe a fe...

Just picked some broccoli from the garden. Both my husband and I loved the soup and the cheese crouton bread. will definitely make this again