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Sandy's Homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"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®."
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40 m servings 345
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 345 calories; 27.8 11.9 13.1 85 823 Full nutrition

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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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Poor Brenda lol

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Sounds like Brenda is full of herself. Excellent recipe. It's five by itself. I'm sure Brenda brought it down to three stars.

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 usi...

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 ...

Better than any I've ordered at a restaurant!!

Delicious! Everyone loved it. Didn't change a thing. Good thing I doubled the recipe.

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 m...

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!!!

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 ...

Everyone loved this! Used frozen broccoli since we didn’t have fresh. Also omitted carrots and celery. Still tastes great! Definitely a keeper!