Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup from thelittlekitchen.net

It's no secret I love soup. Doesn't matter what time of year it is, I will eat it! When Christine and I were planning a way to surprise Katie (she's having her first baby next month!), all I could think of was broccoli. I know Katie loves broccoli…I was thinking about doing a quiche but when I thought of combining broccoli and cheese…I thought of Panera. I love Panera Bread's broccoli cheddar soup and thought maybe, maybe just maybe I can make a quick version of their soup.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup from thelittlekitchen.net

Chop the broccoli into florets. I like big pieces of broccoli in my soup but if you like them smaller, feel free to chop them even smaller.

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Prep the onions and the carrots.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup from thelittlekitchen.net

I cook the onions and carrots in the melted butter.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup from thelittlekitchen.net

After bringing the cream and broth to a boil…add potato flakes. This is my secret ingredients for soups lately. Love love this trick. It thickens it just a little bit and gives it a nice full flavor. Then, add the broccoli and the cheese.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup from thelittlekitchen.net

And it's pretty darn close and so good! Serve with some bread or a salad and it's the perfect, quick and easy soup for busy families!


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Easy Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced small (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced small (about 1/2 cup)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 quart plus 1 can (14.5 ounce) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3 to 4 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)


  1. Melt butter in a large French oven over medium heat. Add carrots and onion and cook for 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Add chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add potato flakes and stir. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli and cheese and return heat to medium and cook for another 10 minutes minutes. Season salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with cheese.

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