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Broccoli Cheddar Soup


Recipe Notes

  • You can thicken the soup with 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch instead of flour.
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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 4 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label


1 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded carrot
1 ½ teaspoons margarine or butter
2 cups low-sodium broth (any type)
2 cups chopped broccoli (fresh or frozen)
1 cup nonfat or 1% milk
¼ cup flour
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
⅛ teaspoon pepper


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, saute onion and carrot in margarine or butter until onions begin to brown.  Add broth and broccoli.  Simmer until broccoli is tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. In another container, slowly stir the milk into the flour until smooth.  Stir the milk mixture into the soup.  Bring to a boil and continue stirring until slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and pepper.  Heat over low heat until cheese is melted.  Serve hot.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


Really liked this soup!  Tastes like a restaurant soup.  It does have an onion taste which I really liked but if you don't love onions you could very easily even cut them out and add another veg.  

I'm curious, does this recipe freeze well?

It will probably freeze just fine although there is a chance that the broccoli will become more 'cooked' when it is reheated.  We will try to test this and let everyone know.

The Food Hero Team

We made the soup, froze it for 10 days and thawed/reheated in the microwave.  It worked well!  We would suggest freezing it in single-serving portions.  Too much additional heating could cause the broccoli to become overcooked which would alter the color and flavor.

The Food Hero Team

I don't know why anyone would ask about freezing this, it was so good I plan to double it next time. I made it exactly as shown and it was delicious. I served it with cornbread for a vegetarian dinner. My husband hates veggies and told me he thought it was going to be gross but he really liked it! Thanks for the recipe :)

What would be a good, gluten free substitute for the flour in this soup?

Cornstarch would be an easy substitution for flour for thickening.  Start with half the amount (2 Tablespoons) since cornstarch is all starch and therefore has more thickening power than flour.

The Food Hero Team

This was a great soup. I added half of a leftover pepper and half of a summer squash because we were short on carrots. We topped it with popcorn. My family loved it!

I made this with several groups and everyone loves it from toddlers to grandparents.  This comes together even quicker when you use frozen broccoli florets, plus there is less clean up.  Great recipe!

 I added a handful of fresh spinach, a couple cloves of garlic and the last bit of celery I had in my refrigerator to the recipe. It turned out great! 

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