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Broccoli cheese soup is creamy, comforting and delicious, and you would never know that this recipe uses no heavy cream. | APinchOfHealthy.com

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheese soup is creamy, comforting and delicious, and you would never know that this recipe uses no heavy cream. So delicious!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli cheese soup
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 402 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2.5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups broccoli, chopped into bite-sized florets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 8 ounce block of cheese, shredded by hand*** (I used Colby jack, but you could also use cheddar)
  • Optional: bacon bits and more shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat.

  2. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter to the pot to melt.

  3. Add onions, celery and carrots, and cook for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more.

  5. Add the other 1 tablespoon of butter, and give it a few seconds until it melts. 

  6. Then add flour, stir to coat, and cook for another minute.
  7. Whisk in the stock and milk to incorporate the flour and break up any lumps.

  8. Add in the bay leaf and broccoli florets.

  9. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer on low until the soup thickens and the broccoli is tender (about 7 minutes).

  10. Remove the bay leaf, and turn off the heat.

  11. Add the cheese and a pinch of nutmeg (optional), and stir until it is well-incorporated.

  12. Garnish with more shredded cheese and bacon bits if desired and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

***Do not use pre-shredded cheese. Your soup will be clumpy. Buy a block of cheese, and shred your own using a box grater, or the food processor.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 620mg 26%
Potassium 723mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 11g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 148%
Vitamin C 84.9%
Calcium 50.6%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.