440 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 383
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1

I found many recipes for broccoli Cheddar soup. I changed many of the ingredients in those recipes. This is the recipe I came up with. It's the best one yet. You don't need all the extra ingredients to make it. Just basic ingredients. and it's delicious. I think it tastes just like Panera(R).

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Melt butter in a stock pot over medium-high heat; add onion and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in flour and continue to stir until mixture turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Slowly add half-and-half to onion mixture, stirring until mixture is smooth. Add chicken broth; season with salt and ground black pepper.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add broccoli, carrot, and celery. Simmer until vegetables are tender yet crisp, about 20 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low. Add Cheddar cheese to soup and cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

This is just half of the original recipe. It works for me. I don't have a lot leftover. If you want more just double the ingredients.

If soup is too thick, add about 1/4 cup water to reach desired consistency.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

345 calories; 27.8 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 823 mg sodium. 11.9 g carbohydrates; 13.1 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2016
Sounds like Brenda is full of herself. Excellent recipe. It's five by itself. I'm sure Brenda brought it down to three stars.
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2017
This soup is superb! Only change I'll ever make is to double the recipe.....and possibly add a little more broth so I will have more soup to love!
440 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 383
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2016
Sounds like Brenda is full of herself. Excellent recipe. It's five by itself. I'm sure Brenda brought it down to three stars.
(117)
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2015
I did tweak this recipe and then it made it 5 stars! I used more onion and more carrots. I took some chicken stock and mixed it in with cream cheese to make it thick and creamy in place of using half and half. I used seriously sharp cheddar cheese and super sharp cheddar cheese and when the soup was done I pureed part of it to make a thick and creamy soup. This was an excellent soup with my changes!
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2015
Better than any I've ordered at a restaurant!!
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2015
Made this recipe a few days ago everyone in the family loved it so much. First time I made it I used frozen broccoli which was great but the second time tried it with fresh steamed broccoli and it was even better. Can't recommend enough for a simple delicious meal. Thanks for sharing this recipe with our family!
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2015
Delicious! Everyone loved it. Didn't change a thing. Good thing I doubled the recipe.
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
I really enjoyed this recipe as did my husband. The only change I made was to add some garlic with the onion. The soup is really flavorful and is surprisingly filling. I like that it can be made quickly with ingredients that are readily available all year long.
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
Wow just made this today! In love! I used vegetable broth as I am vegetarian and added some garlic cloves and cayenne pepper to spice it up a bit! So yummy!!!
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2016
I thought this was delicious even before I put the cheese in. I should have read the cook's notes and made a lot more though. As written we had two not quite full bowls and would be good for a side. But I WILL be making more because it was so good and easy. The only change I made was using veggie stock since we're vegetarians.
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2019
I loved this! I followed the recipe except the simmering time between adding the broth and the vegetables because it smelled so good and I was getting hungry! After simmering for 12 minutes, the vegetables were just right without being mushy. I also used 1% milk in place of half and half, added an additional 1/3 cup water and reduced the cheese to about one cup. Very delicious, but next time I will at least double it to make sure we have enough for it as our main course for dinner and leftovers for my husband and I. Update 1/14/19 I needed to use up some fresh cauliflower so I used half cauliflower and half broccoli. It tasted great as well. I love this soup.
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