Simply Healthy Family: Cheddar Broccoli Soup


Cheddar Broccoli Soup

It's been raining and cold here lately, which is very unusual for us this time of year in Arizona. So we decided to make a yummy broccoli soup to warm us up. It was really really yummy and totally hit the spot!

I got the base of this recipe from my mom. I use Organic Vegetable Broth instead of Chicken broth just because I love the combination of flavors and natural spiciness. I also added the extra veggies which makes it a bit heartier. I added the cheddar which thickens it and lets face it, just makes it a yummy comfort food.


1/2 lb broccoli chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
4 cups vegetable broth
2 garlic cloves, crushed then minced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons unbleached flour
1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup chopped green onion (to garnish)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a medium sauce pot over med. high heat, place broth, broccoli, onion, celery and garlic. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 3 minutes. Take off heat and cover.

2. In a ceramic coated Dutch oven melt butter over medium heat. When melted, sprinkle in the flour. Cook stirring constantly using a slotted spatula or whisk till roux is bubbly and a golden brown color, about 3 minutes.

Slowly add  broth mixture while whisking. Keep whisking or stirring constantly until soup is bubbly and thickened about 3 minutes. Add milk, stir till combined.

3. Take off heat and add grated cheese. Stir in till melted. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with salt and pepper and garnish with green onions.

serves 6-8

Calories 410, Calories from Fat 280, Total Fat 31.2g,
Cholesterol 92mg
Sodium 416mg
Potassium 430mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.3g
Dietary Fiber 2.4g
Sugars 5.1g Protein 19.1g


  1. Hi there! I'm a occasional cook and was feeling some broccoli and cheddar, so I used this recipe. As I consider baking to be my 'specialty,' I definitely made some mistakes making this. On the whole, it was very good! A few things though:
    1) The recipe never said when to add the milk, so I kind of winged it
    2) I felt like the amount of roux wasn't proportional to the amount of broth--next time I'll either cut down on broth or increase the roux
    3) I was confused where it said to "add onion" among other vegetables, and then later said that the green onion was for garnish

    Again though this turned out well, and I plan on using more recipes from this site. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I will look at the recipe and see if I can make it easier to follow. Glad you enjoyed!


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