Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Since I originally published this post back in 2016, I have made this Cheesy Broccoli Soup many times. Just the other week I made it and had a complete fail. When I added the cheese, it clumped up and then never fully blended into the soup.

This recipe recommends using fresh cheddar and I always shred it myself with a box grater. This time, the cheese did not melt into the soup. I have no idea why, and till this day it will bother me. Read on and enjoy this delicious soup recipe but do try to make it without my failure added.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in large pot with cheese not melted

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What went wrong?

After doing a bit of research, if a few Tablespoons of water was added and whisked in well, then the cheese could have blended into the soup. Maybe my temperature was too high? Was there too much cheese? If you have this problem, check out this amazing article about How to Keep Cheese from Clumping in Soup In this article, Healthyeating.com shares their tips on how to avoid cheese clumping in soup. Additionally, this website was a wealth of information!

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Have you ever had a failure with a recipe you have cooked or baked a dozen times before? It can feel deflating and sad. Trust me that I have had many failures; this soup included. Even though it did not blend well and had clumps of cheese, it still tasted amazing. Our four kids still ate many bowls and they really enjoyed dinner. For example, there were even fights over who got the biggest cheese chunk in their bowl.

fresh broccoli sitting on a cutting board
Fresh broccoli is best!

Cheesy Broccoli Soup Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 cups water
1/2 cup flour
2 cups heavy cream
4 cups chicken stock
16-ounce broccoli (can add more, and chopping the big pieces is necessary to not have giant broccoli chunks in the soup)
Salt and pepper to taste
8-ounce shredded cheddar cheese
4-5 carrots shredded 
1 onion

I completely spaced taking pictures last night, forgive me!? However, I will try to add a few images that do represent each of these steps listed.

All ingredients for Broccoli Cheese Soup on white cutting board

Cheesy Broccoli Soup Directions

1. Place butter and flour in the hot pan and then mix until the butter is melted. Make sure to allow the flour to cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Dice an onion on a cutting board, then set aside. Wash, peel and dice a carrot and then set aside. Add diced onion and shredded carrots to the pot and then cook until tender, around 3-5 minutes. 

3. In a separate bowl mix heavy cream and water. When all of the butter is melted and mixed well with the flour, then slowly add cream or water mixture into the cooking carrots and onion.

Onions and carrot shreds cooking in a large pot

4. Bring to a slow boil and allow it to thicken a bit before adding the stock. 

chicken stock poured into large pot with Cheesy Broccoli Soup

5. Add 4 cups chicken broth or water and chicken bouillon to the pot and then bring it to a slow boil.

four cups water in Pyrex glass measuring cup next to Cheesy Broccoli Soup in large pot

6. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 20-25 minutes.

simmering soup in large pot on stove for Cheesy Broccoli Soup

7. Shred the cheddar cheese while the mixture is simmering.

shred cheddar cheese for Cheesy Broccoli Soup

8. Add the diced broccoli and then simmer for 20-25 more minutes. 

wash broccoli in sink colander for Cheesy Broccoli Soup

9. Add shredded cheddar cheese a little at a time, then with a whisk, mix it into the water/cream soup mixture until smooth.
10. When all of the cheese is mixed in, taste and add salt and pepper to taste. 
Enjoy this deliciousness! I had leftovers just now for lunch and the second day, the soup is even more delicious!

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in large pot

Some of these images were borrowed from another blog post. Check out my recipe for Chicken Dumpling Casserole by clicking the link below.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup Recipe

Soup Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 cups water
1/2 cup flour
2 cups heavy cream
4 cups chicken stock
16-ounce broccoli (can add more, and chopping the big pieces is necessary to not have giant broccoli chunks in the soup)
Salt and pepper to taste
8-ounce shredded cheddar cheese
4-5 carrots shredded 
1 onion

Cheesy Broccoli Soup Directions

1. Place butter and flour in the hot pan and mix until butter is melted. 
2. Add diced onion and shredded carrots to the pot and cook until tender, around 3-5 minutes. 
3. In a separate bowl mix together the heavy cream and water. When all of the butter is melted and mixed well with the flour, slowly add cream/water mixture.
4. Bring to a slow boil and allow it to thicken a bit before adding the stock. 
5. Add 4 cups chicken broth to the pot, then bring the mixture to a simmer.
6. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 20-25 minutes.
7. Shred the cheddar cheese while the mixture is simmering.
8. Add the diced broccoli and then simmer for 20-25 more minutes. 
9. Add shredded cheese a little at a time with a whisk and then mix it into the water/cream soup mixture. 
10. When all of the cheese is mixed in, taste and add salt and pepper to taste. 

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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