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!

Soup Season is our favorite! Whether it’s Cheesy Potato Soup or Cheesy Cauliflower Soup, we love to enjoy these recipes all fall and winter long – especially when cheese is involved! If you love Broccoli & Cheese soup, be sure to check out our Copycat Panera version too!

Broccoli cheese soup in white bowl

Just like pacific wharf cafe!

Is it possible to NOT love soup?!

We count down the days until the weather is cool enough to enjoy delicious soups, and a favorite of ours (since childhood) is Broccoli Cheese Soup. We know it’s a popular one, and not only is this recipe super delicious, but it’s beyond simple too.

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!

I have been dying to find a recipe that compares to this little piece of heaven. I’m happy to report that after a few tweaks, this soup tastes just like Disney’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

We’re big fans of the food at Disneyland, and have made several copycat recipes, including Dole Whips and Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers.

Now we have this soup that can remind us of the happiest place on earth, too!

Broccoli boiling in pot of water

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.

SIMMER. Add your chicken broth to a large pot or dutch oven and bring to a simmer on the stovetop. Add chopped broccoli florets, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until broccoli is tender and bright green.

ROUX. 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. Add warmed chicken broth and broccoli to soup mixture and stir until well blended.

MELT. Add cheeses and stir until cheese is completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm and ENJOY!

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 cheese soup mixture whisked in pot

Recipe Tips & VAriations

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.

  • Vegetables: If you want even more veggies besides broccoli, you could add sliced/shredded carrots or diced onions.
  • Cheese: Our recipe calls for mild or sharp cheddar cheese, as well as Swiss cheese. You could easily swap those out for white cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, jack cheese, or American cheese. It may have a slightly different flavor, but all would be delicious!
  • Milk: The soup is plenty creamy with the use of milk, however if you prefer a thicker texture, you can use half and half or heavy cream instead.
  • Broth: If you don’t have chicken broth on hand, you can use vegetable broth instead. Or, use a bouillon cube for the equivalent amount of broth (4 cubes + 4 cups of water).
  • Broccoli: Make your broccoli as big or little as you like. You can use full broccoli florets, cut them into bite size pieces, cut off the broccoli stems completely, or whatever you prefer!
How to make broccoli cheese soup process pic

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 refrigerator 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.

Broccoli cheese soup recipe

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

5 from 15 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 all-purpose 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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  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!

  3. 5 stars
    This is really tasty and easy to make! Will surely have this again, thanks a bunch for sharing this broccoli cheese soup recipe! Highly recommended!

  4. 5 stars
    It has been soup weather over here & we can’t get enough of this broccoli cheese soup!! My kids even love it! It’s so cheesy & smooth!

  5. 5 stars
    Super loved this amazing broccoli cheese soup recipe! Will surely have this again, super easy to make and tasted really delicious! Well done!

  6. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and tastes perfect. Bring on soup season! I’m ready to try this in a bread bowl next time. But truly it’s still perfect without.

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and it was fab! It was so easy and fast and I had all the ingredients on hand. I will absolutely be making this again!!

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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