I really love Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup. So delicious and filling! But really, it’s expensive. Last week I went through the Panera drive-thru to pick up a family size soup plus a lentil soup for my husband. TWENTY-TWO dollars for just that! The broccoli cheddar soup served three adults dinner sized portions and there was just a little bit left. Twenty-two dollars. I mean, dude… ridiculous. It did come with 4 pieces of bread, but still!

So, when I’m in the mood for some cheesy broccoli soup goodness, I’ll be making that for myself from now on. It’s easy!

This soup doesn’t taste exactly like Panera’s soup, but close enough to make me happy.

I recommend using low sodium broth and unsalted butter if you can. The cheese used in the recipe makes the soup plenty salty, so cutting down on the salt in other ingredients is important.


Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate


1 small onion, peeled and diced
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
4 cups chopped broccoli crowns
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup butter (unsalted if possible)
1/4 cup flour
16 oz Velveeta cheese, cube


1. In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil then add the onion, carrots, celery, and broccoli. Simmer the vegetables over medium-high heat until completely soft; about 20-25 minutes.
2. Whisk the flour into the soup then add the butter and stir until melted.
3. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
Serve hot with rolls. Makes 6 servings.

11 Comments on Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. Starla J.
    May 1, 2015 at 3:59 am (3 years ago)

    Looks so yummy! I'll have to try it. Thanks!

  2. Bekki@a better way to homeschool
    May 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I have never made broccoli soup, but it is one of my favorites!
    My fail safe has always been the Bear Creek brand, but I have to admit, yours looks better! We eat soup at least once a week all year long. There is something so very comforting about creamy soups that warm the soul. Yum.

  3. tagsthoughts
    May 8, 2015 at 3:37 am (3 years ago)

    Oh yummmm!!!!! Pinning this one! I have a Broccoli Cheese Soup that I like but don't love so I am ready to try this one and fall in love. 🙂 If you are out surfing the web Monday night, please stop by TagsThoughts.com and share this recipe with my Creative Inspiration Link Party.

  4. Carlee Scharnhorst
    May 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Yum! It is rainy and cool here today, this would be perfect right now!

  5. Tammy
    May 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks really good. I will have to pin for later to try this.

  6. Lindsey Smallwood
    May 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Yum! This is my mom's favorite, I will share with her.

  7. Tanya @ Moms Small Victories
    May 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

    We love broccoli cheese soup. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup. Pinned to our linkup board. I can't wait to try this out!

  8. Brandi Davis
    May 14, 2015 at 2:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Yum! Broccoli cheese soup is one of my favorites. We eat it all the time. This recipe looks delicious.

  9. milkandbun.com
    May 20, 2015 at 10:48 am (3 years ago)

    Nice soup! I make similar pretty often, too! 🙂

  10. Carol
    September 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Have you tried using a different type of cheese. We do not use Velveeta cheese in our house.

    • carissashaw
      January 28, 2016 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

      Try Googling “homemade velveeta” for more natural recipes. I think you’d still get a very similar outcome.


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