Our creamy Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup is brimming with fresh veggies and two cheeses. Broccoli, carrots and onions simmer in your crockpot with vegetable broth topped with cheddar and cream cheese making a tender mixture that you whirl up into a smooth and creamy soup. An easy homemade broccoli and cheddar soup recipe that will quickly become a comfort food favorite.
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup Recipe
Can you feel the chill in the air? Yesterday it was in the 90’s here in Jersey and overnight it dropped by 30 degrees. Crazy weather but I’m so ready for chilly fall days. Wow, did you ever think you would hear me say that?
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And what better way to welcome in fall than with a recipe for a broccoli and cheddar soup that’s made in a crockpot? Best part is, this creamy soup is brimming with lots of fresh veggies, and cooks itself in the slow cooker. Broccoli florettes, stems, carrots and onions simmer with vegetable broth that’s topped with two cheeses making a tender mixture that you quickly puree into a comforting creamy soup.
A thick rich creamy soup without any heavy cream or flour to thicken it. How easy is that? I just love when I come home and all it takes is a whirl of my immersion blender for my cheddar broccoli soup from scratch to be ready.
Cheddar Broccoli Soup FAQ’s
What is the best cheese to use when making cheddar broccoli soup?
Be sure to grate your own cheddar cheese when making homemade cheddar broccoli soup. The pre- shredded cheese that is available in your supermarket usually has a coating on it that will prevent it from melting to make a smooth soup.
What goes good with cheddar broccoli soup?
Broccoli cheese soup is typically thick, rich and heavy, so you would want to balance that out with something light. A salad with a vinaigrette goes well as does a fruit salad or vinegar-based cole slaw. A slice of crusty bread will round out your meal.
How do you reheat cheddar broccoli soup?
You can reheat cheddar broccoli soup on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave, stirring halfway.
Can you freeze cheddar broccoli soup?
Yes, you certainly can freeze this soup. Let the soup come to room temperature and then transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze. You can also freeze the soup in freezer bags.
How do you reheat frozen soup?
Let the frozen soup thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat, as mentioned above, on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave, stirring halfway.
You can also reheat frozen soup directly from the freezer. Transfer to a pot and heat on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently.
Can a slow cooker recipe be cooked in an instant pot?
The answer is yes. To cook this recipe in an instant pot:
- Place ingredients in instant pot as directed in recipe and set to slow cooker setting.
- For slow cooker low, cook on normal setting 7-8 hours.
- For slow cooker high, cook on high setting 3-4 hours, adding an extra 15 minutes for each hour.
ALWAYS CHECK YOUR INSTANT POT’S USER MANUAL FOR INSTRUCTIONS AS INSTRUCTIONS FOR SLOW COOKING MAY VARY WITH MODELS AND MANUFACTURERS.
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- broccoli florets and stems
- vegetable broth
- garlic, minced
- sharp cheddar cheese
- cream cheese
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- 1 lb. chopped broccoli florets and stems , about 6 cups
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese , grated, 3 cups
- 2 ounces cream cheese , cut in small pieces
Place chopped broccoli, vegetable broth, carrots, onion and garlic in slow cooker.
Top with cheddar cheese and cream cheese (do not stir in).
Cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth.
Garnish with additional shredded cheddar cheese and blanched broccoli florettes, if desired.
Place ingredients in instant pot as directed above and set to slow cooker setting.
For slow cooker low, cook on normal setting 7-8 hours. For slow cooker high, cook on high setting 3-4 hours, adding an extra 15 minutes for each hour.
ALWAYS CHECK YOUR INSTANT POT'S USER MANUAL FOR INSTRUCTIONS AS INSTRUCTIONS FOR SLOW COOKING MAY VARY WITH MODELS AND MANUFACTURERS.
Makes 6 cups.