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two white bowls and red dutch pot with cheddar broccoli soup and oyster crackers

Stove Top Cheddar Broccoli Soup 

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless This Mess
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Thick and creamy Stove Top Cheddar Broccoli Soup is what my dreams are made of. This is a highly requested recipe and there is no doubt why. Cheesy broccoli soup is the epitome of comfort food. 


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion, 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken stock if not vegetarian)
  • 4 cups bite-sized broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup matchstick or grated carrots
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 cups cream or half-and-half
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese


  1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, add the butter and onion and sauté until the onion is tender over medium to medium high heat, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the chicken stock, broccoli, carrots, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer, simmer until the broccoli is cooked through and very tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together the corn starch and cold water until smooth.
  6. Slowly add the corn starch mixture to the pot. Stir constantly until the soup comes to a simmer and thickens, about 3 minutes.
  7. Slowly stir in the cream or half-and-half.
  8. Add the cheese a handful at a time and stir until it melts.
  9. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.


  • You can use frozen broccoli in place of the fresh, no need to change the cooking time. Sometimes I used the mixed broccoli and cauliflower that's frozen and it works great too.
  • Feel free to use whatever cheese you like or have on hand, I use extra sharp cheddar for this recipe.
  • This is a great recipe to serve in a bread bowl!
  • If the broccoli is in bigger chunks than I want, sometimes I'll use a potato masher to smash things up a bit. I have also ran an immersion blender through it (just a bit, I like a few chunks). I do this before I add the cornstarch and cheese. 
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

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