Cheesy Broccoli Soup Recipe

Looking for an easy Cheesy Broccoli Soup recipe? Learn how to make Cheesy Broccoli Soup using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by joyrae

Makes 7 servings



Cheddar cheese and broccoli both have such strong, distinctive flavors that it is hard to match them with any herbs. Instead, you can accent their strong, savory tastes with other strong flavors such as a dash of white wine, or some Dijon mustard in the cheese sauce. I have even heard of beer being included in a broccoli cheese soup recipe! Also, you can experiment with other types of cheese to create your own broccoli cheese soup recipe. Try something milder like a Swiss or Edam. Lastly, other vegetables that soften when heated can be used. Asparagus goes very well with this type of soup, or even as a complete replacement for the broccoli. Vegetables that remain firm, or those that go completely mushy, don't work all that well. You want something that has some bite to it, but not a crunch. It is this texture that makes it work well in a cheese sauce. Tips and Techniques When you are making a white sauce (butter, flour and milk) it is best to have the milk at room temperature. This lets it combine with the flour more easily, which prevents clumping. Most of the time when cream or milk is added to a recipe, it is best to have it at room temperature. Otherwise the increased difference in temperature can lead to unexpected results. This goes for baking just as much as it does for a broccoli cheese soup recipe.

Recipe Ingredients for Cheesy Broccoli Soup

1 medium onion, chopped finely
1 small carrot, chopped finely
1 tsp olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups skim milk, room temperature
1/2 pound chopped frozen or fresh broccoli
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound of light cheddar cheese, grated
1 Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Directions for Cheesy Broccoli Soup

  1. Heat olive oil in soup pot on medium low heat.

  2. Add onion, carrot, and salt. Saute until onions and carrots are soft.

  3. In separate pot, melt butter on medium low heat.

  4. Add flour to melted butter a bit at a time. Mix well to prevent lumps.

  5. Cook flour and butter mixture for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  6. Slowly add milk to flour and butter, mixing thoroughly as you go to remove lumps.

  7. When all the milk is added, return it to the heat, and gently warm it up.

  8. When the milk, butter and flour mixture (white sauce) is hot, begin to add the cheese a bit at a time. Allow it to melt in before adding more.

  9. When onions and carrots are done cooking, add chicken stock and broccoli. Turn up heat to medium-high.

  10. Slowly add the cheese sauce to the soup, mixing thoroughly as you do so to avoid lumps.

  11. Add pepper, and more salt if necessary.

Categories

Dairy, Vegetables, Soup, American, Simmer

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 237.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
239
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
16.7g
26%
Saturated Fat
10.2g
51%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
48mg
16%
Sodium
500mg
21%
Potassium
298mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates
11.0g
4%
Dietary Fiber
1.4g
6%
Sugars
5.5g
Protein
12.2g
Vitamin A 40% Vitamin C 51%
Calcium 35% Iron 4%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • Very high in saturated fat
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