This is the BEST Broccoli Cheese Soup ever – you won’t believe its lightened up!!!
This Broccoli and Cheese Soup is SO FLAVORFUL, creamy, comforting, easy, and on your table in just over 30 minutes (20 of those minutes are simmering!)!! It’s deceitfully decadent without packing on the pounds and undeniably delicious without taking all night to prepare. Hello to a new favorite EASY Fall soup!
Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Video
Its finally “soup season” AKA my favorite foodie season! I love lightening up classic soups like up Creamy White Chicken Chili, Crock Pot Potato Soup, Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder and now it’s time for one of the greats – Broccoli Cheese Soup! I am fairly certain you are going to LOVE this wonderfully creamy Lightened Up Broccoli Cheese Soup! I was basically drinking it from my bowl because I couldn’t shovel it in fast enough. While there are many Broccoli Soup recipes out there and many copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup recipes out there – I can honestly claim this is the best Broccoli Cheese Soup I’VE ever had. I hope you agree!
Its SO good and SO easy in fact, it’s my new go-to soup and favorite last minute meal made with pantry ingredients. This Broccoli Cheese Soup also makes a fantastic company meal (especially when served in a bread bowl!), make ahead meal or keep-in-the-fridge-so-you-can-eat-soup-any-time-meal.
It also is my new favorite “take dinner to a friend meal.” In fact, I just made this Broccoli Cheese Soup two days ago and I’m making it again tonight to bring to a friend with a new baby (and of course doubling the batch so we can devour it again). I always take soups when I’m taking dinner to someone because they keep well, are easy, a meal-in-one and everyone loves soup. Unlike many soups, however, this Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is even easier because there is hardly any chopping involved. And if you have an onion chopper and garlic press (two of my kitchen musts), then it really does take just minutes to do all your chopping.
How to Make Broccoli Cheese Soup
To make this Broccoli Cheese Soup lighter, I used half olive oil and half butter instead of all butter and created a simple roux as our thickener so we don’t have to use any half and half or heavy cream. After our soup has been simmering for 20 minutes, we puree half (more or less depending on how “chunky” you like your soup) with 2 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese. These cream cheese not only adds a delightfully subtle tang but adds additional velvety rich creaminess to the soup and when pureed with the broccoli, works as a natural thickener.
Now if you want to get a little decadent for guests or because you just have amazing taste, then trying substituting the cream cheese with garlic and herb goat cheese (from a log) sometime. I did this the last time I made it was heavenly!
As far as the cheese, its important that you use high quality freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese. Freshly grated cheese not only tastes much better and boasts a stronger flavor but melts much easier than the pre-shredded bagged variety. Pre-shredded bagged cheeses often contain potato starch or another similar anti-clumping agent that keeps the cheese separate in the bag – this separating agent also makes it difficult for the cheese to melt smoothly in the soup. So just stay away from bagged cheese and this Broccoli Cheese Soup is sure to please 😉 !
Broccoli Cheese Soup – SO FLAVORFUL, creamy, comforting, easy, and on your table in just over 30 minutes!
Looking for more Easy Soup Recipes?
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- New England Clam Chowder
- Cheesy Taco Soup
- Italian Vegetable Soup
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder
- White Chicken Chili
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