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Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This cheddar broccoli soup has a wonderful creamy texture and rich flavor!

Broccoli and cheese really are a match made in heaven, and today we’re celebrating that match in the form of soup

Parmesan Croutons

Okay, we’ll get to the soup in just a sec, but can I just quickly divert your attention to some homemade croutons?! Because these croutons are coated in parmesan, meaning they come out super flavoursome AND super crispy.

What kind of bread to use?

I love using French Baguette. In general though, you’ll want to use something fairly thick/firm (Sourdough also works well).

Do I have to add parmesan?

Nope! But it is a super delicious addition, so definitely do if you can.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

One of the key steps in creating the most delicious broccoli soup is using the WHOLE broccoli. The stem is absolutely fine to eat, we’ll just slice off any gnarly bits and finely dice it before frying off with onion, carrot, celery and garlic. The florets will be simmered in the stock – no need to fry them!

What kind of cheese to use?

Broccoli and cheddar is the classic combo, and that’s what we’re sticking to here. I recommend using a nice sharp/mature cheddar, just to pack in the flavour, but a milder variety will work just as well.

Soup Consistency

I like this soup fairly thick and creamy. The thicker texture allows the cheese to melt more easily. If needed, you can easily thin out the soup with more stock at the end!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup FAQ

Do I have to make the croutons?

Nope! This soup will still be delicious without the croutons.

Can I make this ahead of time?

You sure can, just allow to completely cool then tightly store in the fridge until needed. Reheat over low heat on the stove.

What can I do with leftovers?

Allow to cool then tightly store in the fridge for up to a few days, or freezer long-term.

Serving Broccoli Cheddar Soup

When serving the soup, you can add more cheddar if you’d like, alongside the croutons and a pinch of parsley if you’re feeling fancy!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this broccoli soup shall we?!

CREAMY BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP

This cheddar broccoli soup has a dreamy creamy texture and is packed to the brim with flavour!
Prep Time 10 days
Cook Time 30 days
Total Time 40 days
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, French, Mexican
Servings 5

Equipment

  • Large Pot with Lid
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Hand Blender
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Cheese Grater
  • Jug (for stock)

Ingredients
  

Soup

  • 2 large heads of Broccoli (30-32oz/850-900g total)
  • 4 cups / 1 litre Chicken Stockplus more as needed
  • 2/3 cup / 160ml Heavy/Double Creamat room temp
  • 2 cups / 200g grated Cheddarplus more to serve if desired
  • 1 large rib of Celeryfinely diced
  • 1 large Carrotfinely diced
  • 1 medium Onionfinely diced
  • 3 cloves of Garlicfinely diced
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 tsp Saltor to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepperor to taste
  • finely diced Fresh Parsleyto serve (optional)

Croutons

  • 5oz / 150g Baguetteor other firm/thick bread
  • 3-4 tbsp Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepperto taste

Instructions
 

  • Remove the florets from the broccoli and slice them into bite-sized pieces. Slice off any gnarly bits from the stem, then finely dice it.
  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the broccoli stem, alongside onion, celery and carrot. Fry until everything has softened and has started to tinge golden, then add in the garlic and fry for 1-2mins longer.
  • Add in the broccoli florets, then pour in the stock and season with salt & pepper (the stock should barely cover the broccoli). Lower heat, pop on the lid and simmer for around 20mins, or until the broccoli is fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, dice the bread into large bite-sized pieces and place on a large greaseproof baking tray. Toss in a good drizzle of olive oil and a hefty pinch of salt & pepper. Toss in parmesan, then sprinkle more over the top. Bake in the oven at 180C/350F for around 10mins, or until deep golden and visibly crispy. I typically just eyeball the measurements for these!
  • Once the broccoli is tender, turn off the heat and use a hand blender to blitz everything until smooth. It should be fairly thick at this point (thicker soup = cheese melts easier). Stir in cream, then stir in the cheese a handful at a time. Adjust seasoning if needed and stir in more stock a splash at a time to thin out if desired.
  • Serve soup with croutons and more cheese (optional). Enjoy!
Keyword CHEDDAR SOUP, CREAMY BROCCOLI, CREAMY BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP

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