Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I LOVE Broccoli Cheddar Soup.  My mom made this soup all the time during the fall and winter seasons growing up, and now I make it for my family.  It is so delicious and comforting on a colder day!

and you can find the homemade bread bowl recipe here :)

4.8 from 11 reviews
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (16 oz) package frozen chopped broccoli (you can add more if you like)
  • Salt and Pepper TT
  • 8 oz. Velveeta Cheese, or you can sub 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) bag sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Mix water and heavy cream together and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and flour together to form a roux. Slowly add in heavy cream/water mixture stirring constantly. Add in chicken broth still stirring. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes to let the soup thicken up.
  3. Add in broccoli and cook over low heat for an additional 20-25 minutes to continue to thicken soup as well as cook and soften the broccoli.
  4. Sample and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cut 8 oz. Velveeta into cubes and drop into soup and stir until melted. Add in sharp cheddar and stir until blended.


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  1. Rachel

    This sounds so yummy! I've been thinking about making some broc & cheese soup & I'll think I'll try your recipe out! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Karyn

    yum!!! I love a good cheesy broccoli soup!
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  3. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds

    I made a version of this-without velveeta and added some rice. IT was rather good. Come over and link to my Must Try Mondays :).

  4. Abby

    This looks great. I've never had broccoli soup, but you're making me want to try it!

  5. Nicole Pyles

    Wow - I have always wondered how broccoli cheddar soup was made. That looks great!!

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  7. Carissa

    This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. This may be dinner tonight.

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  8. gifts for men

    Yummy and so testy you cook. I have 't enough words to say about this delicious dishes. Can 't wait to make one for my today 's lunch. Hope my family will like some different test.

  9. Malinda Jane Sieg

    Okay, I'm drooling now... Everything you make looks so Delicious! You've convinced me to add you to the list of blogs I'm following. Thanks!-malinda

  10. Ruby Jean

    Coming over from TT&J... Your soup looks delicious.... I am going to have to try this... We love CREAMY, CHEESY and Broccoli so this is a WINNER!!!

  11. rebekahdawn

    Yum, this looks DELISH!

  12. Lowri

    These look great - perfect for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing how you made it.
    Visiting from Tatertots & jello

  13. Julie E

    Broccoli Cheddar is my favorite go to soup. I can't wait to try your recipe out!

  14. Nicole

    I made the Broccoli Cheddar Soup today, and mine came out rather soupy. It is not thick by any means ! And not really cheesy. Any suggestions ??

  15. Tracie

    Best Broc & Cheese soup I have had and it was super easy to make!

  16. grace

    Do you have to use velveeta? Can I sub a different cheese? Just wondering - not a big velveeta person at all.

  17. Krista

    Broccoli cheese soup is my all time favorite soup, and Panera Bread makes it hard for anyone to complete. But I must say, this recipe has proved to be just as good as Panera's soup!! Thanks for sharing this incredible recipe-it made for a wonderful raining evening in your homemade bread bowls!

    1. ilvtony14


      Love Panera's and they add some shredded carrots and a little cauliflower. Which I will do with this recipe.

  18. Jane

    The broccoli soup was delicious! Tried the same base and added frozen hash browns instead of broccoli - it was a hit too.

  19. Veronica

    This was very good in homemade bread bowls. I made it with 12oz evaporated milk and 6.5 cups vegetable broth for the liquids (instead of the cream, water, and chicken broth). I also used 20 oz of fresh broccoli instead of the frozen. Thank you for the recipe!

  20. Vanessa

    Is there anything to substitute for the Velveeta? Would you just double the cheddar? Add a little extra milk?

  21. Catherine

    Does this freeze well??

  22. Linda Anderson

    sounds wonderful!!!!

  23. Crystal

    Can this is frozen and reheated?

  24. Emily @ A Very Sweet Life

    Any tips on substituting something else for Velveeta? I just can't bring myself to use that stuff but your soup looks so good!

  25. geni

    That sounds delicious! I love broccoli-cheddar soup. How many servings does this recipe make? Thanks.

  26. Vickie


    This looks yummy! Do you by chance have the recipe for the bread bowl too? I've been looking for a good bread bowl recipe. Thanks for sharing the soup.

    God's Blessings

  27. Marge DiFilippo

    You included the recipe for the soup but omitted what you put the soup in. It is not a bowl is it a loaf of bread that you made a hole in and put the soup in there and if so what kind of bread will hold the liquid soup without it oozing through.



    1. Kay-M

      I love the Rago Cheddar Sauce too, but to be totally honest - I don't think it is any better for you than using Velveeta :(

  29. Sherry


    Sounds delicious and easy. I cannot wait to make this a fall/wintery tradition with my family. What is heavy cream?

  30. DonnaMaree Austin

    What could you suggest to use instead of Velveeta cheese which is not available in my country

  31. christina whiting

    Do you have a recipe for the bread bowls I have never made homemade bread, but broc-cheese soup in a bread bowl is one of my favorite take-out lunches. Would love to be able to do it at home.


    1. Chef in Training

      Yes I do! Here is my recipe for Homemade Bread Bowls:

  32. Sher

    Has anyone tried this using a gluten free flour? If so, did it turn out good and what kind/brand of GF flour did you use? I want to make this for my Hubby, but he has to do gluten free because he has Celiac.

    1. Ann

      My grandson son has Celiacs and I use corn starch!

  33. Kelly

    What is the serving size for this recipe? I have a family of 7, 5 of them being boys. ;)

  34. Kristi Walker

    Made this today. Yummy!

    1. Kristi Walker

      I read about your husband. I am in the recovery stage of GBS.

  35. Randyellen Collier

    Where's the recipe for the bread bowl to serve it in?

  36. heidi


    Thank you for sharing Broccoli Cheddar Soup .. YUM :-)

  37. Tracy

    This was delicious. I added 2 bags of broccoli ( my daughter LOVES broccoli) used my potato masher to "mash" broccoli up a little. My tummy hurt so bad after eating because I ate so much, even had some for breakfast. Lol. Nice job on this one, will make again and again. :)

  38. Lacey


    I've tried so many broccoli cheese soup recipes, but my search is over!!!!! This is so easy to make, but tastes wonderful.

  39. kim


    I love your recipes, I just wish you had nutritional facts, serving size etc it is hard to break down, both my spouse and I are diabetics this would be good without the bread bowl, but it would nice with carb and calorie count

  40. leeann


    This is awesome! I made it for my family and made it again and took it to work on Christmas. I work in a busy emergency room and everyone loved it! I printed out recipe for my coworkers because they loved it so much!!

  41. leeann


    I have made this for my family and it is amazing!! I loved it so much I made it again two days later and took it to work with me. My coworkers loved it! I printed the recipe out for seven coworkers. I work in an emergency room and a lot of times we don't get a lunch on our 12 hour shifts. It's a huge hit this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  42. J.Costa


    Very good soup. I always follow original recipe before or if I make changes, i'm glad for that because the velveta makes a wonderful silky texture & thickening agent. You do not taste velveta as the broccoli and sharp cheddar is at the forefront.
    I love having good basic recipes, I thank you for this one.
    Sourdough is one soup bowl that doesn't leak, but hard to find in some places.

  43. Linda Helms

    i teach a cooking class to young people (males and females) and i've used a few of your recipes - they love the simplicity and taste - this will be one of my demos for october. thank you!

  44. Dorothy

    Tell me about the bread bowl. Where did you buy those.

    Sounds yummy. I must try. Just courious about the bread

    1. Chef in Training

      here is my bread bowl recipe :)

  45. Kim

    Can I use cornstarch instead of flour?

  46. Karla Katz


    I love this! For a hearty, mid-winter's main course, add shredded turkey or chicken

  47. Audrey

    Can someone tell me how many servings this makes? Thanks

  48. Kitchen Kid

    Your recipe doesn't provide a serving yield. How many and what size servings does this recipe make?

  49. Nancy


    I made your Broccoli Cheddar soup a few nights ago when my son requested it. I went to your recipes after looking at a few others and, as usual, your recipe stood out to me. It took a little longer to thicken the base but was just right once the broccoli and cheese were added. After the broccoli had cooked a few minutes, I used my immersion blender to break up the broccoli and puree some of it. Then I added cheddar cheese and sharp cheddar rather than Velveeta. It was very good and was a big hit in our family!!