Sandy's Homemade Broccoli and Cheddar Soup


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®.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ small onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

345 Calories
28g Fat
12g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 345
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 823mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 42mg 209%
Calcium 356mg 27%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 369mg 8%

* 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.

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