Broccoli Cheese Soup

Loaded with broccoli and two different cheeses, this creamy and delicious soup is the ultimate comfort food, especially when served in a bread bowl!

We’re big fans of the food at Disneyland, and have made several copycat recipes, including Dole Whips and Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers. This Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe tastes JUST like the broccoli cheese soup from Pacific Wharf Cafe at California Adventure!

Broccoli Cheese Soup topped with shredded cheese in a white bowl

Just like pacific wharf cafe!

If you’ve ever been to the Pacific Wharf Cafe at California Adventure in Anaheim, you may have tried their Broccoli Cheese Soup in a Bread bowl. If not, you must try it – it’s practically HEAVEN!

Well, we recently went to Disneyland and California Adventure, and I have been dying to find a recipe that compares to this little piece of heaven. I’m happy to report that my mom was able to do just that. She made a few changes to an original recipe she had, and I have to admit it was one of the best recipes I’ve ever tried!

It tasted just like Disney’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup – and it’s beyond easy!

how to make Broccoli Cheese Soup

Believe it or not, this recipe is as simple as it is delicious. It only takes about 30 minutes to come together, and the ingredients are super simple. In fact, you probably have most of them on hand already. In no time at all, you can have a little taste from the Happiest Place on Earth right in your own kitchen. 😉

I don’t know what it is about the combination of broccoli and cheddar, but this soup makes for the ultimate comfort food – especially on cold days.

Thickening. Add flour or cornstarch to the soup to thicken it. To do that, just whisk a few tablespoons of cornstarch into a little broth in a separate bowl before whisking it into the main pot. This will help thicken up the entire soup.

Other cheeses to use? Our recipe calls for cheddar cheese and swiss cheese. You could easily swap those out for white cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, jack cheese, or american cheese. All of these options would taste delicious!

Crockpot instructions

Place butter and flour in your crock pot and let melt. Add milk and let set for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients but cheese. Cover and cook on high for 2 hour or on low for 4-6 hours, adding cheese 30 minutes before done.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a white bowl

Tips for storing

Regardless of whether you’re putting it in the fridge or freezing, let the soup cool to room temperature before storing.

Fridge. Pour into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days! Reheat in the microwave or on the stove and serve with some crusty bread. Yum!!

Freezer. Broccoli cheese soup is actually perfect for freezing! Once it has cooled, pour into a freezer safe bag/container. Keep the soup in the freezer for up to 6 months!

You could even make individual servings by pouring into paper/plastic cups, freezing, and removing from the cup after it has frozen. Store the frozen individual servings in a freezer safe bag.

 

This is definitely the best homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup I have tried!! Now, I just need to find some super yummy Sourdough Bread bowls and eat this soup with them, and perhaps I’ll feel a little bit like I’m back at California Adventure!

If you love Broccoli & Cheese soup, be sure to check out our Copycat Panera version too!

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Loaded with broccoli and two different cheeses, this creamy and delicious soup is the ultimate comfort food.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 504 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 29 oz chicken broth (2 cans)
  • 1 small crown broccoli chopped
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated swiss cheese

Instructions
 

  • Add your chicken broth to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Add chopped broccoli, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • While chicken broth is cooking, heat milk in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a separate pot, melt butter then add flour, salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes on medium heat. Whisk in warmed milk. Cook for another 6-8 minutes until soup starts to thicken.
  • Add warmed chicken broth and broccoli to soup mixture and stir until well blended.
  • Add cheeses and stir until cheese is completely melted. Serve warm and ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I love this quick recipe so much. It’s the perfect recipe for whipping up a fast dinner. Also, my go-to if I feel like taking over a dinner to a friend on a whim. I trust they’ll love it too.

  2. We tried the recipe. Did the butter flour and milk first then added in the simmered broth and broccoli. Let that sit for 1.5hr in thr crockpot on high and added in the cheese and let it sit and it looks like it separated and is kinda gritty. Now sure where I messed up? Has the general flavor but texture isnt good. Any ideas or thoughts?

    1. I’m sorry the soup didn’t turn out the way that you had hoped. It could be that your crockpot’s high setting runs hotter than others. I’ve had different crockpots that cook food faster and slower on the same heat setting. I’m not exactly sure why that is but they must be calibrated differently. When cheese is melted at high heat it tends to separate and curdle. This may have been what was happening. Maybe try the low setting on your crockpot instead? Thanks so much for trying it!

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