The first time I ever had broccoli cheese soup was at Panera and oh my did I fall in love. It is probably my favorite soup of all time. So creamy and cheesy and yummy. But, I can’t drive to Panera anytime I have a broccoli cheese soup craving so I set out to find the perfect recipe.
I have to tell you that I hit the recipe jackpot with this one. Not only does this broccoli cheese soup recipe taste delicious but it’s also really easy. I typically can throw this together in 15 minutes or so. The ultimate recipe right there…quick, easy, and super yummy!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
From: Annie’s Eats
6 Tbsp Butter-divided
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded carrot
4 cup broccoli florets cut into small pieces
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp onion salt -I only had onion powder and it works great
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
In large stock pot or dutch oven melt 2 tbsp butter. Once melted throw in onions and cook about 2 minutes or until translucent. Add shredded carrots and cook a minute or so more. Add in broccoli, broth, onion salt and garlic powder. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.
While that is simmering away melt remaining 4 tbsp butter. Once melted toss in flour and whisk 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Add in milk and whisk until there are no more lumps and cook until milk thickens and bubbles which takes a good 5-7 minutes. Once the milk has thickened add in cheese and let melt. Add to the broccoli mixture and cook until it has warmed through and broccoli is tender. Taste, add salt and pepper, and serve immediately with a beautiful chunk of crusty bread. Enjoy!