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broccoli-cheddar soup recipe

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup Recipe

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Do you love cheesy broccoli soup, but not all the calories that go with it? Try this lighter version, and garnish with chopped walnuts for a protein boost.

Total time:  01 M  40 S
Servings:  4
Calories:  120


  • 3 oz. cheddar cheese roughly chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups broccoli florets steamed and divided

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Sodium: 534mg
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 6g


  1. Add 3½ cups broccoli florets and remaining ingredients to WildSide+ or FourSide jar. Secure lid and select "Soup" or blend on a High speed for 90-180, blending longer for hotter soup.
  2. Add remaining ½ cup broccoli florets to jar. Secure lid and press "Pulse" 3–5 times or until broccoli florets are desired size.


Add a pinch of crushed red pepper for a little kick.

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  • Just made this today for the first time and it was delicious

    M on

  • The ingredients don’t specify the measurement amounts?

    Chetes on

  • After the soup cycle runs, add the remaining ½ c broccoli florets to jar, secure the lid, and press pulse 3-5 times.

    Blendtec on

  • Monterrey Jack cheese tastes mighty good in this recipe too.

    kkp on

  • yummy!! :)

    Kim on

  • I have an "mix n blend" model that doesn’t have a soup cycle. Can you tell me what I should use instead? I have blender cycles a, b, c or low, med, high and auto knead. Thank you

    SimplySydne on

  • Does this freeze well? I have a lot of veg left over from a party…..

    Alicia on

  • Please don’t try this recipe. I just wasted an entire jar of soup. Horrible taste.. I tried adding a few more condiments but the damage was already done. Had to throw it in the sink

    1AndrewWalsh . on

  • How to secure the lid??

    lola on

  • Just press it down until it is completely on the jar.

    Blendtec on

  • Absolutely terrible. So disappointed. This is the second soup I have tried and the second major disappointment. You really need to work on your soup recipes. They are very bland and tasteless.

    Lisa Wilkinson on

  • I loved this! Very tasty. I made a few alterations. I used ground double fine mustard powder instead of nutmeg and pepper jack cheese. Had a good kick.

    Kim on

  • I’ve only tried one, and it was so bad I was afraid to try the rest. I’m a foodie and I want flavorful, interesting foods. I’m with you, Lisa.

    Angie in MN on

  • probably should stop smoking

    AverageJoe on

  • Do you have to steam broccoli or can you just add fresh?

    Anita on

  • Hi Anita. Yes, the broccoli needs to be steamed.

    Blendtec on

  • I like brocolli. I like it raw, steamed with a bit of salt, and baked with cheese. I thought there was no way this recipe could go wrong. However, it did – it tastes pretty much like someone barfing up brocolii, then adding saliva to it to foam. It’s foamy and tastes like vomit. I was disappointed as I just purchased my blender and thought that I could make soups with it. I guess not.

    yoeshiguest on

  • What’s the best way to measure out 4 cups of broccoli? I tried using my kitchen scale, but 32 oz. of broccoli looked like way too much.

    Harry on

  • Great recipe! Quick, easy, and healthy.

    Tammy on

  • I just finished this delicious soup which I made with some changes/additions.as under:
    1. Used chicken stock made from cubes instead of vegetable broth as I did not have that. So I did not add any salt.
    2. Added baby carrots and quarter green bell pepper to broccoli for steaming.
    3. Added few leaves of baby spinach.
    4. added a pinch of ground red chili and ground roasted cumin.
    5. Used cheddar cheese slices because of ready availability.

    Alim on

  • Ok, I dint what some of you did wrong, but this soup is easy to make and delicious.
    For those of you that’s ya it is bland, I think you added way too much broccoli.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Guest on

  • Loved it! my first soup recipe. I did not have vegetable broth so I put in some celery, little dried onion and Trader Joe’s 24 Seasoning Salute, which I use for everything, very Yum! And only 3 WW points.

    Lesley Wise on

  • Made this tonight, fixing the errors of my first try and the result was delicious (but perhaps not to everyone’s taste). The changes I made to the recipe were 1 1/2 cups of vegetable stock (unsalted), one half cup half and half (added during the final soup cycle, I do three), Wedge of red Onion, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 Tsp Black Pepper, 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg, 2 Tablespoons of Roux (Two Tablespoons of Flour cooked in two tablespoons of butter) and six oz of Cheddar Cheese (instead of 3).

    lj9283 on

  • Can this recipe (or any of them on this website be doubled?)

    Becca on

  • I made this (with changes). I steamed onions and celery as well and added pepper jack cheese. It had a great flavor!

    Brittany on

  • If you didn’t like it, that’s up to you but please don’t tell others not to at least try something. Perhaps you missed something or could add something to make it more pleasing to your taste. Be honest but not so to the point of telling others to not at least try it. Sorry it wasn’t to your taste.

    Jo on

  • How many servings would this make? my daughter is allergic to dairy so I would have to make one just for her. Knowing how much the original recipe makes would help me divide the recipe.

    Anonymous on

  • Why is my soup not hot when it comes out of my belndtec? It’s at best luke warm and I always have to heat it. Am I doing something wrong. I love this soup but having to warm it up again after the fact is annoying

    Nicole .M. on

  • So what your saying is your a fat cow that only eats high fat nutrient deprived food. Go take your blend tech back and go pick up a fryer you will get much more use out of it.

    Jroll on

  • Well, I haven’t tried this yet, but the tortilla soup is great!

    BC on

  • Quick and easy for a single pensioner with zero cooking skills. Bought my broccoli florets from Costco and increased the cheese to 5 oz. It was good!

    jaw3350 on

  • This is not my experience. This soup was delicious. I aways spice the spice up the recipies with Mrs Dash and hot sauce. Costco sells broccoli florets in a large bag. Quick and tasty!!

    jaw3350 on

  • I have tried several soup recipes with my Blendtec as a matter of fact I created a recipe ebook. For instant download check it out http://gum.co/soup

    Glenda Thomas on

  • I tried this recipe today and it turned out very creamy and flavorful. I used chicken broth cube instead of vegetable broth. I steamed my broccoli with carrots, onions, garlic, parsley and peppers. I used both cheddar and pepper jack. I used carnation milk versus water.

    Johanna Petty-Dunlap on

  • This recipe says it has five stars. Where are the comments? They seem to have disappeared from all the recipes here.

    Dianne on

  • Raw broccoli may be used in the soup but it will take more than one 90-second soup cycle to get the heat one would want in soup.

    Blendtec on

  • Is there a reason you have to steam the broccoli first? Ive seen other blenders that claim that you can just throw the raw veggies in and they will cook during the blending process.

    Help on

  • If I try it again I’m leaving out the nutmeg – didn’t like it with the other flavors but think the base recipe has possibilities otherwise.

    Jodie on

  • I tried the recipe as as stated. It was good. I modified it today: Mrs. Dash instead of salt. A garlic clove, chicken stock, an avocado and a dash of hot sauce added as well. It came out of the blender steaming hot with lots of flavour. I threw in some niblets for texture.

    jaw3350 on

  • Hi I have just bought the Blendtec and decided to grind vegetables up for to make soup in a pan ? I have ground down everything 10 carrots , 10 potatoes, 1 small turnip, 2 sticks of celery , 2 small onions, and 1/2 leek. I used the button soups ,syrups and fondu to liquid ise then transfer to a Pan?
    Where have I went wrong as it just looks bad and my wife says it tastes bad. ??
    Any ideas .

    Ken on

  • This soup is soooooo good. Im in the process of adjusting my taste buds to enjoy healthy food. Since Im not quite there yet I added 4oz of sharp cheddar instead of 3. Since I did not read the instructions I ran the soup cycle twice instead of just 1 and then hitting pulse
    2 or 3 times. The result: a splendid creamy soup. Im looking forward to other recipes in this blog!

    Gloria on

  • I tried your pepper jack (but didn’t double) and used Alim’s suggestions below for extra veggies (minus the bell pepper) but not the extra chili or cumin. I liked the kick of the pepper jack, but my daughter didn’t.

    I think the bland complainers below are used to onion. Sometimes I just don’t want to mess with it. These suggestions help alleviate the bland issue.

    Kathleen on

  • You did 32 ounces weight. This is volume, because it is meant to fit in the blender cup, get a 4 cup measuring cup or a quart size jar and fill it up with broccoli, not tightly packed.

    rebecca on

  • You can thicken it with flour, cornstarch, cream, milk, potatoes, cooked rice, white beans. Anyone else have any ideas for Marian?

    Blendtec on

  • Mine was very watery. I could drink it. What can I do differently. I did one head of broccoli, 1c water, 1c broth. Taste was good but it was like a juice.

    Marian on

  • My blender has a ‘hot’ button. This blenderizes and heats the soup for 180 seconds – simultaneously. I hope you used spices too, like salt and pepper…and nutmeg in this recipe. Maybe it was the turnip that ruined it ;-P

    GalofGalilee on

  • Just bought this blender a few days ago at Costco. Today my son had 6 teeth surgically removed and I made this soup (using chicken broth, minus the pepper for him, and just cooked the broccoli in the microwave before adding it to the blender). Very tasty – didn’t know nutmeg paired so well in this! I also made the (raw) applesauce recipe. I love that these recipes are healthy.

    GalofGalilee on

  • Just got my new Blendtec today and decided on this recipe for its inaugural run. First impression? Ugh! Even with steamed broccoli, the soup had this horrible taste to it. After reading the other reviews, maybe I’m just not a "raw" food type girl, b/c I was able to "fix" my soup by pouring it into a saucepan with some additional stock and some half and half, bringing it to a boil, then letting it simmer about 10 minutes. Then it was perfectly delicious.

    Ruth on

  • Just made this for the wife and I.
    My only deviation was using Harris Teeter shredded cheddar / pepper jack instead of straight cheddar. I also used "Better Than Bouillon" instead of a cube or pre made vegetable base. That way, I just scooped in a teaspoon of it and it’s requisite cup of water.
    It turned out delicious!

    Jesse on

  • I add a baked potato to thicken it. Or cashews. I also add some celery and thyme for more flavor.

    Leah Brooks on

  • Here’s the version of this soup I made today – with just a few changes: sauteed garlic and 1 small onion while steaming my broccoli. Used tarragon, thyme and celery seed in place of nutmeg. Substituted 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk. It’s tasty, and took all of 12-15 minutes to make. Delicious!

    Chelsea on

  • Love this recipe. Instead of nutmeg I went with Cayenne. Fantastic.

    Jennifer on

  • I just made this for my lunch. I don’t have a Blentec. I stemmed the broccoli and processed everything in my Ninja blender, then just heated the soup on the stove. Creamy and delicious!

    Blondie1953 on

  • Wow this was delicious!!! After reading the reviews I decided to add a little more cheese. So I added 1 1/2 cups instead of 1/2 cup (3oz) of Kraft sharp shredded cheese. I used 3 heads of broccoli and used chicken broth instead of vegetable. The hot setting went for 180 seconds and the soup came out soooo rich and creamy. My husband had thirds! Definitely going to make this again!!

    Doonie on

  • Does anyone know what the 60 and 90 cycles mean on the model 575??

    MarkBlend on

  • The Blendtec Classic 575 offers two timed cycles that free your hands for other kitchen tasks while creating a wide range of recipes, including soups, bread dough, and ice cream. Simply press the 60- or 90-second setting and let your blender do the rest.

    Blendtec on

  • This was very fast, easy and tasty. I use chicken base instead of broth. I usually boil my water in an electric kettle before adding it to the jar with 1 tsp. chicken base. As a result, the soup was very hot at the end of the 90 second cycle. I substituted chili powder for the cumin and 3 cheese shredded Mexican for the cheddar. I only had one package of frozen broccoli so I cut the liquid to 8 oz. and used 2 oz. cheese. I will make this again, but save some of the broccoli on the side to add and pulse at the end for some texture. I’m sure fresh broccoli would taste even better.

    Stacy on

  • I’m going to make it tonight. Hope it turns out alright!!

    Guest on

  • Hi Laurel, we’re sorry about the frustration you’re experiencing. Your blender can do all the same things that any other Blendtec can. We are working on updating the instructions on the website to be more universal but, for now, please use this blend cycle conversion chart: http://www.blendtec.com/blo…

    Blendtec on

  • My blender doesn’t have a "speed 9" :( I’m starting to not like my blender, because it can’t do anything but juice and ice cream — good juice and ice cream, but it’s all pre-set times, and sometimes it leaves chunks. :( It is a Blendtec brand, but not the best kind, I guess. Somebody got cheated?

    Laurel Thompson on

  • Hey everyone, finally got my 570 and its great. We did the soup and like some of the other reviews its a little blend but when you add a pinch of alt and pepper its heat. Make sure to add the broccoli flowers at the end to give it some thickness otherwise its like water. We added cauliflower, garlic and green onions along with some chicken, wow, try it you will love it.

    Sams Drums on

  • I just followed this recipe, well….kinda….used asparagus (on sale at HEB), Saltgrass Seasoning (a favorite "go to"), a pinch of cayenne, and used combo of jack and cheddar, all other ingredients per recipe. Turned out yummy!

    Birdie on a Bike on

  • This page has the exact same nutritional information that is in the book that comes with the BT; however, the recipe above calls for half of the salt that is in the book. Small oversight, but thought you should know. I have not yet made a soup with BT, and will be using the book version tonight. Wish me luck.

    Adam S on

  • Sounded to me like it might be a little bland so I substituted a 10 oz Cream of Chicken instead of the veg. broth, I will be doing this again!

    Just me on

  • I used raw broccoli and jack cheese because I didn’t have cheddar :) I omitted salt since bouillon is already salty and added in spinach, butter, pepper, cumin and a splash of cream. Delicious! You guys really need a new recipe source. Most of your recipes need to be tweaked before they are palatable.

    cryp7 on

  • I love this recipe! For a speedier process, I buy the ‘steamable’ frozen broccoli that steams in its own bag for 5 minutes in the microwave. The whole bag is 4 cups, so that works nicely. I just pull out 4 or 5 florets for pulsing in later. I also add a heavy sprinkle of crushed red pepper for deeper flavor. Though it doesn’t have the color of normal broccoli-cheese soup, it tastes the same.

    mn8335 on

  • Made this soup for dinner tonight. It was absolutely delicious, I was impressed with the flavour that just the regular recipe called for. I added a bit more cheese then needed which just added to the creaminess of the soup. Next time i will have to try the Cumin and Red Pepper Flakes. This recipe made enough soup for dinner for two and lunches tomorrow. I will be making this again and again!

    Brittany on

  • Used Knorr home-style vegetable stock with 3 cups of water. Pressure cooked the broccoli for 1 1/2 minutes. Did not use the nutmeg. Used old cheddar. It was delicious. I loved the texture.

    Brian on

  • Yum! Added avocado, almond milk, red pepper flakes, leeks,, sweet peppers, olive oil and parmesan cheese. Tastes a bit"green" bc of the leeks but good

    Frangipani on

  • After reading some of the contents I decided to modify and it’s so yummy. Used organic chicken broth in place of the veggie broth and water. Added sauteed onion (1/4 onion ) and garlic ( 2 cloves). I also added a few shakes of my favorite no salt seasoning.

    Andrea on

  • I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I didn’t have enough cheddar cheese, so I added some Parmesan and a little cream cheese. My 5 year old scarfed it down. When I have more time I’ll try sauteing some onion and garlic first as well as adding a couple spices.

    mjlife on

  • I have made this numerous times in the 6 months since getting my Blendtec. Broccoli cheese soup was always a guilty pleasure I would have if eating out, not something I would make at home, because it’s usually a cheese soup with a little broccoli in it. This one has great texture and cheesy flavor with lots of broccoli and a moderate amount of cheese – amazing.

    Janet Linsey on

  • This is the first thing I made with my new Blendtec. I added 1 Tb of Chia seeds and it turned out great. Can’t wait for the morning to try a smoothie. Easy to clean too!

    Julie on

  • This is a good start…My suggestions:

    Lose the nutmeg (too overpowering)
    Add about a tablespoon of diced bell pepper and onion
    Chili powder is a nice addition.
    I also used almond milk instead of water and chicken boullion instead of broth.
    And some extra cheese for texture.

    apsims on

  • I just made this tonight for dinner. It was very yummy. I used all unsalted chicken broth and no water and Tex mex cheese because that was all I had. It was just the right consistency.

    Patricia Martel on

  • I found mine to be a bit watery too. so I started off with some corn starch but that didn’t do much justice. What worked was my leftover couscous and stuffing that I made the other day. Thickened the soup right away and didn’t alter the taste. Awesome recipe thanks!

    NOO-JIN Pham on

  • My roommate was surprised the blender actually cooked the soup. Always fun to surprise people

    Justin Ache on

  • Fantastic. Seriously. Just made it. Added more than enough red pepper flakes, and about 2 cups of cheese, but this was creamy and delicious.

    Justin Ache on

  • I just made this yummy soup. I used 2 bunches of broccoli without the
    stems. I added 1/2 onion. Instead of the water I used 1/2 cup of almond
    milk.Mrs Dash served for both the salt and the pepper. It is very creamy
    and thick and delicious.

    Carol Buckman Radice on

  • Yes, it is seconds. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • I just microwaved some fresh broccoli stems and a very few florettes , was about 3 cups , also used old cheddar and chicken broth ,and it was great!

    teresa ralph on

  • I’m alone so portions and leftovers can be an issue therefore I have the following questions:

    1. Can I half the recipe and make in the wildside jar?
    2. Can one refrigerate leftovers and reheat soup (loose chunkiness) in the blender? No, I don’t own a microwave ;-)
    3. Can this be made in the twister jar?

    Thanks :-)

    Roberto Bullock on

  • I tried making this soup using lumpy’s method and mine turned out really good. I will definitely make it again as my daughter is very picky and she liked it too :)

    ccbess7 on

  • Thank you for the quick reply!

    Roberto Bullock on

  • 1. Yes! It should still work just fine.
    2. Yes! You can definitely heat it up again in the blender.
    3. Yes! You’ll want to do either 1/4 or 1/3 of the amount of ingredients.

    Blendtec on

  • this is a good recipe, i think next time i will add celery and onion and Mrs, Dash as others have

    Donna Dempsey on

  • I added a couple of mushrooms to the broccoli to steam, used Gouda cheese and it turned out delicious.

    Jane on

  • Just made this for the first time after purchasing my Blendtec, today. After getting some ideas from the comments, I added a few slices of Vidalia onion with the broccoli to steam. I used chicken broth (1 1/4 C and 3/4 C of water for the 2 cups of liquid), added a garlic clove, some Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (because I like a little spice), used about 5 oz. of sharp white cheddar cheese instead of 3, and I sprinkled a little shredded cheese on the top. It turned out great! Delicious and satisfying. I had two bowls. :)

    Dana Regalado on

  • Was so excited to try this soup with my new blender! It was so awful and bland. I was trying to take it down and then thought to myself this is not a cleanse , it’s supposed to be an enjoyable dinner so I tossed it out. The smoothies and juices are good and I will still try other recipies but this is not worth the time !!!

    Jon on

  • Just made this tonight. The recipe is very basic so you just need to impovise to suit your taste. I used 1.5C Chicken Broth & .5C water, also added a bit more cheese…1/2C shredded chedar. It was soooo good both my Teenagers 16&13 ate a full bowl. Admitingly, my daughter can make a mean Chedar/Broccoli like Marie Callendars. This version is lighter and my kids say…."wow thats green" but it taste so good.

    Thomas Townsend on

  • Fantastically delicious and easy! I made mine a vegan cream of broccoli soup. Here are my edits to the above. Steam 2 heads or use 2 bags of broccoli (peal and chop the tender part of the stem too if using whole broccoli) – easiest method is to rinse the broccoli, place it in a large microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap, and then microwave for 5-6 minutes until tender. Meanwhile put 1 cup veggie broth and 1 cup water (or alternatively, 2 cups water and 2 vegetable bullion cubes), salt, pepper, nutmeg AND if you want a vegan cream soup, add 1 cup of raw cashews into the Blendtec and blend everything on high speed until smooth for 1-2 minutes. Add most of the hot broccoli to the cashew milk mixture in the jar and blend on high for another 90 seconds (or more if you like your cream soup very smooth); add remaining broccoli and pulse a couple times. Adjust salt, and voila, hot, healthy, delicious no dairy cream of broccoli soup…and it only takes about 20 minutes to make! I absolutely LOVE my Blendtec – it’s revolutionized the way my family eats – it’s truly a whole foods machine!

    Kelley Hoffman on

  • Just made this. So delicious and so super simpel. Thanks a lot!
    Dimitry from the netherlands.

    Dimitry Smit on

  • Mine was watery too so I cut down on that. I also don’t add salt and just use all veg base. It does need a little more flavor in the herb arena but it’s such a quick and yummy soup!

    Kristen Saccone on

  • This recipe is so fast….literally the thing that takes the longest is the steaming of the broccoli. It’s a great recipe and tastes so good, even my kids like it!

    Kristen Saccone on

  • Do you pulse 5 times before or after using the soup setting?

    mark on

  • This was amazing and quick! Based on other reviews I used 1.25 lb frozen broccoli, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic. I chopped the carrots into 3 pieces and the onion into 1/8th. I put all the vegetables in a bowl with a few tablespoons of water in the microwave for 10 minutes. I didn’t have broth so I just used 2 cups of water. I increased the cheese to 4 oz. I used salt and spices exactly as listed. This was really flavorful, not too watery, and was devoured in a single meal. The only change I might make next time is to not hold aside any of the broccoli for the end. I like a creamier soup and don’t feel the need for chunks of broccoli.

    Jamie Rosenblum Lichtenstein on

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