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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Katie


  • 7 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1/2 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock/broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 6 cups broccoli florets, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated


  • Add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil to a large heavy bottomed stock pot/dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, paprika, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt and pepperĀ  to the pot. Cook for another 45 seconds to 1 minute stirring constantly until fragrant.
  • Add in remaining 6 tablespoons butter and melt. Once melted, add in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 2-4 minutes, whisking constantly, until the flour is thickened.
  • Gradually add in the chicken stock, whisking constantly. Once all the stock has been added, gradually add in the half and half and milk, again whisking constantly as you add. Reduce heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened a bit.
  • Add the chopped broccoli florets and matchstick/shredded carrots to the soup.
    Allow soup to simmer over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until broccoli is tender. Stir occasionally.
  • Add in the cheese and stir until melted. Salt and Pepper to taste.