Broccoli Cheddar Soup

|by Erica

I absolutely love making broccoli cheddar soup, it’s one of my all-time favorite recipes! The combination of creamy cheddar cheese and tender broccoli florets is simply irresistible. To start, I sauté some diced onions and garlic in a large pot until they are fragrant and translucent. Then, I add fresh broccoli florets and vegetable broth, bringing it all to a simmer until the broccoli becomes tender.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Once the broccoli is cooked, I blend the soup mixture until smooth and creamy. Finally, I add in plenty of sharp cheddar cheese, stirring until it melts and creates a luscious and gooey consistency. The end result is a comforting and flavorful soup that is perfect for cold evenings or anytime I’m craving a hearty bowl of goodness.

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 large carrot, julienned or finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, about 2 heaping cups
  • Homemade croutons, for serving (optional)

Instructions for Making Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and several grinds of pepper and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute, then sprinkle in the flour and whisk continuously for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the flour turns golden.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking continuously. Add the broth, broccoli, carrot, and mustard and stir to combine.
  4. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
  5. Gradually add the cheese, stirring after each addition, until all the cheese is melted and the soup is creamy.
  6. Season to taste and serve with croutons, if desired.

Tips for Perfecting the Recipe

Grate Your Own Cheese: Use a block of cheese and grate it yourself. Pre-shredded cheese often contains anti-caking agents that can prevent it from melting smoothly, affecting the creaminess of the soup.

Continuous Whisking: When adding the flour and milk, whisk continuously. This prevents the flour from burning and helps to evenly disperse the flour and butter in the liquid, thickening the soup and avoiding lumps.

Low and Slow Cheese Melting: Add the cheese over very low heat and do it gradually, stirring well between additions. High heat can cause the cheese not to incorporate properly, leading to a less creamy texture.

Stovetop Reheating: For leftovers, reheat the soup on the stovetop over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. This method helps maintain the thick and creamy texture. Avoid high heat as it can cause the soup to separate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of milk?

Yes, you can use whole milk or unsweetened almond milk. The soup will be slightly less thick with almond milk but still delicious.

Is it possible to make this soup gluten-free?

To make this soup gluten-free, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. However, ensure it’s suitable for making roux.

Can I add other vegetables to this soup?

Absolutely! While broccoli is the star of this soup, you can add other vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, or spinach for variation.

How long can I store the leftovers?

The soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can this soup be frozen?

Freezing is not recommended as dairy-based soups can separate and lose their creamy texture when thawed.

What can I serve with this soup?

This soup pairs well with crusty bread, homemade croutons, or a simple green salad for a complete meal.

Can I make this soup vegan?

For a vegan version, you can use plant-based butter, almond milk, and a vegan cheese alternative. However, the texture and taste will vary from the original recipe.

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    Hi there! I’m Erica,

    A highly passionate individual with a deep love for creating delicious and creative recipes that are perfect for any occasion. With an extensive background in the culinary arts and a strong flair for experimentation, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional cooking and deliver exceptional dishes that not only satisfy the palate but also ignite a sense of culinary adventure.

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