Broccoli, Cheddar and Potato Soup

by jenna on February 1, 2011

Rumor has it there’s a snowstorm out there.

And when I say rumor, I clearly mean that I saw this earlier on Here in Northern California it’s sunny and cool.

Please don’t hate me. I feel your pain! That’s why I come bearing soup this afternoon. But not just any soup! This is, hands down, the absolute BEST soup that I’ve ever made. Promise. It might even be the best soup I’ve ever tried?

Okay, fine. That might be going a little far….I’ve eaten a lot of soup in my day.

But still!

This broccoli, cheddar and potato soup is thick, creamy, and will warm you right to your core. It’s delightfully cheesy without being overly rich and is ready in just half an hour.

When I say the “best”, I’m really not kidding. Rarely do I want to shout for joy in the kitchen for something green, let alone a savory item. Usually my culinary happy dances come from chocolate chip cookies, fudgy brownies or nutella hot chocolate.

Maaaaybe buffalo chicken dip. Okay fine. Buffalo chicken dip, too.

But this soup… oh man, is it ever delicious.

Broccoli cheddar soup has been a personal favorite of mine for years, dating back to when I would get it on Saturdays from the Boston Chicken (before it became Boston Market) drive through.

I love dipping thick bread into it, soaking up all the delicious soup and forming the perfect spoon. Bread bowls are also nice!

This soup speaks to my soul.

Broccoli, Cheddar and Potato Soup

serves 4

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2 T butter

1 medium sized bunch broccoli, chopped (about 12 oz florets)

1 russet potato

1 yellow onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4th tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 oz)

2 T all purpose flour

3/4 cup whole milk

3 cups vegetable or chicken broth

2 slices bacon cooked bacon, crumbled (to top)

Blanch your broccoli by placing it in boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

In a large dutch oven, melt the butter. Peel and chop the potato into small one inch dice. Saute both the potato and the onion in the butter for about six minutes, or until the onion starts to become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Then, add the dry mustard, cayenne and salt. Toss to coat.

Add the flour and stir well. Pour in the broth and add back in the broccoli florets. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potato is tender. Slowly pour in the milk and add the cheese, stirring to melt.

Carefully pour the hot soup into a blender and process for 10 seconds, or just until slightly smooth with just a few chunks. Pour soup back into the pot and keep warm until serving.

Serve with crumbled bacon on top.

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Marie-JourneytoBodyZen February 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

This looks amazing! Yes, snow is heading my way. It is possible we will get 3′ between today and tomorrow! I’m heading to the store and I want to get all the stuff to make this when I am snowed in tomorrow πŸ™‚


Suzanne February 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

Oh my goodness that looks CRAZY good!


Stephanie @ Living and Loving February 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

This is going on my list to make this week! It is supposed to be so cold but no snow! It’s not really fair…if we have to endure this cold weather, I wish it would at least snow! It’s so strange because it looks so pretty outside, nice and sunny, and you walk out and get slapped with the cold wind.


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles February 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

As always, this looks de-lish. Brilliant idea.


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

Ahh thank you for this recipe. It looks AMAZING.


Maria February 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

Love this recipe, but not loving that I can’t have it for lunch. I want it now:)


BrightBakes February 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

I’m always game for an amazing new soup to try! Wisconsin seems to do that to a person…BTW…are those poppy-seeds in that bread? I’m already imagining poppyseeds in my next sourdough….mmmm
cathy b.


jenna February 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

yes! it’s seeded sourdough from a bakery near my house. Delicious!


Amy February 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

Bless you, bless you, BLESS YOU! We just had an ice storm and I just happen to have all of the ingredients for this in my kitchen. Sounds perfect.


Amanda (Eating Up) February 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

This looks delicious! I loved Broccoli Cheddar soup at Panera. Yum!


Jessica @ How Sweet February 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Stop teasing me! I need a bowl.


megan @ whatmegansmaking February 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

oh wow I love soup this time of year! I’m stopping at the store on the way home tonight to get some soup ingredients. Maybe I’ll try this one!


jenna February 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

yay! Let me know if you try it and what you think!


Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

This looks like the perfect cure to the sickness my body is fighting!


Eliz@The Sweet Life February 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

anything with bacon on it can’t be anything but delicious!


jenna February 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

amen! πŸ˜‰


Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Thanks for the sympathy soup! πŸ™‚ Love how thick and creamy it looks!


Jennifer February 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm

This looks really good! And, no snow for me either. Sunny and cool here in Arizona πŸ™‚ Sorry everyone else!


Estela @ Weekly Bite February 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm

This is exactly what I need! Now if only a bowl of this could magically appear in front of me πŸ™‚


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The soup looks GREAT!

And yes, i feel so far removed from any snowstorms in sunny and 70F San Diego πŸ™‚


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie February 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Broccoli and Cheddar = what a classic combo!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Ohhh – I must make!! I used to love getting the Broccoli Cheddar in a bread bowl from Panera.


jenna@frombostonwithlove February 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Since I have the distinct pleasure of currently being in that lovely snowstorm you mentioned, I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

I will be enhaling this for dinner.


jenna@frombostonwithlove February 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

*enhaling- similar to inhaling but instead of the movement of air from the external environment, through the air ways, it is the movement of food through my mouth into my belly!


Kristi February 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

One of my favorite meals on the planet is Cheddar Broccoli Soup! I look forward to trying this one out… thanks!!!


Beth February 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

This looks so good! And seeing as I am living in the part of the country getting slushed and icy today it looks extra good. Thanks to your new print this recipe button I did just that and will be taking it to my local grocery store! πŸ™‚


Megan February 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I love all those ingredients, and LOVE potato soup, but for some reason have never been a fan of broccoli cheddar soup, despite liking them separately.
Perhaps if I combine all three, we’ll have a winner!
Thanks for sharing!


Mollie February 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

BEST soup ever is a bold statement, but I’m willing to try it!

Here in DC we are (or at least I am) praying for a snow day! That’s one of the benefits of living somewhere with extreme weather – there’s a chance for a day off work! πŸ™‚


sonia February 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

A lovely warm bowl of soup, full of health and nutrition. Craving for it right now.


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I feel like New York is just one big snowstorm this month! Thanks for thinking about all of us suffering outside of sunny California!


Lisa February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

what a wonderful combination of flavours!


Ray February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

This post makes my day!


Jess@atasteofconfidence February 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I might hate you for where you are living, but this recipe definitely makes up for it πŸ˜‰


Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

And I thought baked potato soup couldn’t get any better! I love the addition of broccoli – not only does it amp up the nutrients, but it also adds gives it a pretty color. πŸ˜‰

I’m definitely bookmarking this one! Thanks! πŸ˜€


Baking 'n' Books February 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’ve never been a big soup person – but a really thick one loaded with stuff or a stew…I could do that. I like that there’s cheese and bread involved…so, yeah, it could happen πŸ˜‰

I also noticed that every time you make something it’s the better than the last one….hmmm πŸ™‚ Haha! I find that whenever I have something new, it’s always the BEST at the time!

I just made Cornbread muffins with COCONUT! Your a Southerner right ? πŸ˜‰


Katie @ Life... Discombobulated February 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I am snowed in and just happen to have all of those ingredients in my house!! Woo hoo! Thanks for the awesome recipe! πŸ™‚


Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life February 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Wow, that looks AMAZING! I’ve never had the three broccoli, cheddar and potato combined into one soup! YUM!


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

nooo this looks amazing but i don’t have the ingredients & am iced in! maybe soon πŸ™‚


Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I am not a huge fan of cheesy soups, but this broccoli cheddar sounds delicious! Maybe it’s the addition of potato? Or maybe the super cold weather that is making me crave soup! Yumm πŸ™‚


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Oh how I am jealous of your weather! I’m in NH and we are expected 2 more feet of snow on top of the 5 feet on the ground! oy!

This soup sounds delicious..


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

You beat me to it ! I’m making a creamy soup with cheese and potatoes this week!! Hoping to get to the post later this afternoon πŸ˜‰ I wouldn’t say it’s *cold* here, but def getting chilly at night … Can’t wait to share !


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm
storiesovertea February 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Yes, we have a snowstorm.
Nothing unusual though — I don’t step outside πŸ™‚
I sleep and eat: like Garfield the cat.
I’m actually turning orange because I consume a lot of potatoes and squash. I have no concept of “serving size”. I usually need 2 plates alone to fit my potatoes in πŸ™‚


Sara February 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

This should also have a tag of Blizzard Soup for the Most of the USA! πŸ™‚ Looks delicous!!

P.S. What size dutch oven did you use? Just curious.


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

What snow? I’m freezing here- but it’s only 60 degrees πŸ™‚


dana @ my little celebration February 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Yum! Looks delish. I have most of those items on hand and will perhaps give it a try. Thanks for sharing : ) Oh, and I enjoyed your pictures this morning, especially the shots of the s’mores : )


Natalia - a side of simple February 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I’m in the middle of a snow+ice ocolypse. Bring on the soup + sandwiches, please! Oh, and chocolate. If you’re going to be stuck inside, you must have chocolate. and stretchy pants.


Kristina February 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Ready in half an hour? SOLD.


Maria February 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh my gosh, I need to make that soup!


Katy S. February 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

This soup looks awesome! I am writing it down now so I can make it for dinner tonight.

I would like to make a suggestion for your recipes. I have noticed that the list of ingredients doesn’t follow the order that you use them in the instructions. The recipes would be more user-friendly if the list and the instructions matched up.

Thanks again for all your wonderful food! I have made so many wonderful dishes from your recipes! Have a great night πŸ™‚


stacey-healthylife February 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love potato broccoli soup, best winter soup.


Meg February 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I am so excited about this soup I could cry. I can’t wait to make it!


Lauren February 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I have had Broccoli and CHeese soup on the mind for weeks now!!! I’m seriously craving a good bowl. I was about to hit up Panera until I saw this!! πŸ™‚


meagan February 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I’m making this as we speak! Nothing smells better than butter and onions sautΓ©ing πŸ™‚


Jean February 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I know I’ll love this soup and can’t wait to make it. Why do you blanch the broccoli before cooking it in the soup? Your soup looks beautiful with green specks. Does the blanching preserve the color even after the simmering and blending?


jenna February 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm

blanching just semi-cooks it! You’ll still get the lovely green specks–when you blanch, you only cook for a second! It just helps the broccoli cook through so you don’t have to simmer the soup for an hour!


Tracy @ Commit To Fit February 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Nothing better than a creamy, cheesy soup to warm up a winter day!


Nora@LifeLifeEatRight February 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Funny, as soon as I heard that there was a snow storm I ran to the grocery store! I walked away with a packet of applewood bacon, sourdough, comte and cheddar cheese. Most of the veggies were gone by the time I got there and I was okay with that. Gotta have comfort food for the deep freeze πŸ™‚ Stay warm!!


Liz February 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I am going to make this tomorrow. No, scratch that… I can’t get to the store tomorrow because we are in the midst of an insane storm. I will make this in a few days when we dig out from the 2 feet of snow we will get on top of the 3 feet that are already on the ground…..


Lindz February 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

looks amaaazing Jenna!!


Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

It’s not a rumor, we are currently in the middle of an ice storm (in Indiana). My campus was closed today, and it is closed tomorrow, as well. That soup looks really good! If only I wasn’t “iced-in”, I could go get the ingredients for it…


Holley February 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

This looks sooooo good! I want some now! I’m going to have to try this!


Sandra February 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

This looks ahhmazing! Just what i need for the NY storm coming πŸ™


maria @ Chasing the Now February 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Saving this recipe to make next week for lunch. I love broccoli soup and potato soup. Sounds like the best of both worlds! Fantastic.


Imwaytoobusy February 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Strangely, I have never made my own soup. This may be the recipe that changed that. Sounds perfect!


Angela February 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

Jenna, I never comment, but I made this soup last night and my family loved it! I’m already looking forward to leftovers for lunch. Thanks!


jenna February 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

aww I’m so glad to hear that!


britt February 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

this looks amazing! we have had ice days the past two days and soup is the perfect thing to cure this crazy cabin fever. making this tomorrow!!


suzy pepper February 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’ve always wanted to tell you that I really love how passionate you are about food. It comes out in your writing and I think that it’s wonderful! Even when I can’t eat some of the recipes you post (I’m a vegetarian), I feel how happy it makes you and that makes me happy! Yay. I hope this didn’t sound too sappy and stalkery.


jenna February 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

thank you so much!


Erin February 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Oh my gosh! I made this tonight and it was so good. Thank you so much for sharing. Two mistakes I made – heavy handed on the blending and my bacon was a little overcooked. It is freezing in St. Louis, so this was perfect tonight. Up for this weekend is the buffalo chicken dip.


Kelly February 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

i finally made this soup – so good! have you tried using a submersion blender rather than a food processor – less mess, fewer dishes. they are inexpensive and so great when making pureed soups.


jenna February 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I don’t have a submersion blender but my mom does! Maybe next time I’m visiting I’ll make my parents the soup and use theirs!


britt February 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

made this tonight. LOVED! i used a submersion blender, as did a previous reader and it made it so easy.


jenna February 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm



Christina February 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have to admit, I pretty much stopped reading this blog when you switched to the “read on=there’s more!” button. But the print this recipe button has drawn me back in… very convenient.


Betsy February 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Looks delicious, but I don’t like the texture of pureed soups. Do you think it would taste just as good without being blended? Thanks for the great recipe!


Kim February 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

I made this for dinner last night with a homemade bread bowl….it was to die for! Still good as leftovers for lunch, like…now! Thanks!


Jaime Ramsay February 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I made this soup last night Jenna and it was so delicious! I subsituted the cheddar for stilton (an English blue cheese) and it was stunningly delicious. Thanks for the awesome recipe!


Anna February 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

This is a wonderful, simple soup – just made it and it tastes great! Blanching the brokkoli really makes a difference. I also added some cream cheese before serving. Mhhhhh!

(BTW also made your lemon bars at the weekend – love them! !)


alexis March 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Made this soup this weekend – my first stab at homemade soup – and it was AH. MAZ. ING. AMAZING! + terrifically easy even for a novice. I used frozen broc since I had a ton in my freezer which totally worked. WONDERFUL! Thank you!


Michelle December 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I just made this tonight for my family and we all absolutely loved it! Thanks for the great recipe πŸ™‚


Daman March 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hi jenna made this tonight and it was a sure hit. Thank you……I am slowly making my way thru YOur recipe list and love everything up make. Daman.


jenna March 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

So glad, Daman! πŸ™‚


Jennifer May 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I made this tonight for dinner and added some squash and I have been sick for two weeks and have not been able to hold anything down this was great and stayef down so thanks


Erin Rose June 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

Made this tonight…………….It was delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Def will make is again……………YUM!


Mommy's Organics October 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Just made this for our lunch for out family and I have to say c’est delicieux!


Isabel November 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Do you think this would freeze well?


Katie December 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Just made this soup!!! It is rich, creamy, and flavorful! I highly recommend.


Heather @ My Overflowing Cup September 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had broccoli soup with potato, but I think it would be a great addition. I think it (might) keep the kids fuller a little longer, too. Thanks for the recipe! Pinning now and trying this week.


Kat March 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Hi Jenna! I made this soup last night – it was delicious. In the words of my non-vegetarian boyfriend “probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten”. Cheers for the recipe πŸ™‚


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