Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Posted on January 27, 2013
Hi, Everyone! Another cold day calls for another soup recipe! This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of my favorites, but this time I decided to lighten it up just a little bit by using skimmed milk and cutting some of the cream. This way it’s a little healthier, and still just as good! And with some warm bread and a handful of freshly grated cheese, it’s the perfect cozy dinner on a cold winter’s night!
(Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
*Serves 3 – 4*
2 tbs unsalted butter
2 tbs olive oil
3 tbs all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups milk (I used fat-free)
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
1 medium onion, diced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (plus more for serving)
Salt and pepper
1. First, heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot. Add in the onions and cook them on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until they have softened and are translucent. Sprinkle in the flour and stir the onions with the flour for about a minute, just to cook the flour taste out. Then, pour in the milk and the half-and-half while stirring continuously.
2. Add in the chicken stock (or vegetable stock), broccoli florets and salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Once the soup comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 30 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft.
3. Stir in the cheese in two portions, allowing it to melt completely into the soup. Let the soup cool a little bit, and once it’s cool enough to pour into your blender, puree it completely. Once it has been pureed, return it into your pot and make sure that it’s well seasoned. If the soup is too thick, add more chicken stock to thin it out a little. Serve hot with good bread and some freshly grated cheese on top!

Happy Cooking, Everyone!

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  • Jemma January 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Not only does this look absolutely delish-I can tell your recipe is a winner-tomorrow nights dinner for sure!! Thank you bunches!

    • Maria January 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Jemma! I live the Pioneer Woman and just tried to lighten up the recipe a little bit! Hope you live it! Have a great week!

  • Danielle January 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I haven’t had broccoli cheddar soup in ages, but your recipe makes me want to whip up a pot right now! I have no idea why it hasn’t made it to my menu but I think that’s about to change 🙂

    Thanks for sharing on Jam Hands.

    • Maria January 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks, Danielle!

  • krishna January 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    i never cook broccoli soup… but now i’ll do..

    • Maria January 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I hope you love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog January 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    That soup looks fantastic!!! Now I want some lol.

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    • Maria January 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Helen!

  • Rachel O. January 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    My husband LOVES anything with cheesy broccoli. I’ve got to add this to our meal plan asap.

    • Maria January 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I love anything with cheesy broccoli too! Hope you love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Suzy Handgraaf January 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Yummy – this looks so delicious! Have you ever tried making it with frozen broccoli florets? I despise cutting that stuff up! 😉

    • Maria January 31, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      You could definitely use frozen broccoli, Suzy!

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