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Homemade Creamy Broccoli Soup

Updated on October 2, 2017
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A Family Favorite Broccoli Soup Recipe

My son asked me the other day if I was going to be making his favorite soup anytime soon because I'd not made it in a while. Cream of Broccoli soup has always been my twin boys favorite ever since they were small children. Actually broccoli I think is their favorite vegetable whether it is raw, steamed, grilled, or in a soup.

Yesterday while I was out shopping I noticed that broccoli was on sale, and thought to myself, perfect. So I bought three heads knowing that 2 of them would be used for soup.

Ever since I was a little girl I've referred to broccoli as trees, as I'm sure many of you have too.

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Great Kitchen Tools - For Making Creamy Soups

To make a creamy soup a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender come in quite handy. You will see in my photo tutorial that I have used a Cuisinart Stand Mixer with the blender attachment.

Food Processor

Food processors are a great addition to any kitchen and you'll find you will use it quite often.

Easily Adapt This Recipe to a Vegetarian Soup

If you are a vegetarian and have stumbled upon my recipe it can easily be adapted so you too can enjoy this soup. Rather than using chicken broth simply use a vegetable broth.

This is a soup recipe that was passed down to me from my grandmother. I've altered the recipe to suit my own tastes.

You can make this soup using any type of cream you like or even a can of evaporated milk. Pretty much any kind of vegetables can be used or added. My grandmother added carrots to hers, but I prefer mine without the carrots.

This soup is great as a starter, alone with a salad, and or fresh bread. Although it is made with chicken broth it's the perfect soup to serve on a meatless meal day.

Please note: This pot of soup served 3 adult men with healthy appetites, and myself. Along with the soup I served a salad, pita bread with a salmon & trout spread, and 12 mini quiches. The guys each had several helpings of soup.

Ingredients for Creamy Broccoli Soup
Ingredients for Creamy Broccoli Soup
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 5-6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 5 Tbs. of butter
  • 2 Tbs. of flour
  • 4 cups or 1 box of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tsp. of chicken broth powder or bouillon cubes
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds of broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups of 5% light cream

Instructions

  1. First start by gathering all of the needed ingredients.
  2. Chop the onions and celery.
  3. In a soup, stock pot, or Dutch oven melt 5 tablespoons of butter.
  4. Add the chopped onions and celery cooking over medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  5. While they are cooking clean and chop the broccoli. I do use part of the stems in this recipe.
  6. Add the flour and whisk quickly.
  7. Add the chicken broth, water, and powdered chicken broth or bouillon cubes.
  8. Turn the burner up to medium high and stir everything well.
  9. Add the broccoli, cover and let cook for fifteen minutes.
  10. In batches carefully add the soup to your blender.
  11. Blend and puree until nice and smooth.
  12. Pour into a bowl and set aside while you finish pureeing the rest of the soup.
  13. Add everything back into the soup pot, and over medium heat stir in the cream.
  14. Heat but do not boil.
  15. Once the soup is heated serve and ENJOY!
5 stars from 1 rating of Creamy Broccoli Homemade Soup

“Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.”

— Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The Soup Book’ (1949)

Photo Tutorial - How to make homemade creamy broccoli soup

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Chop celery and onionIn a pot melt butter and add the onion and celery cooking until onion is translucent.Quickly whisk in the flour.Add the broth, water and powdered chicken broth, or bouillon cubes.Add the broccoli, cover and cook for 15 minutes.Put the soup into a blender and puree in batches.Nice and smooth puree.Transfer pureed soup to a bowl.Add the purred soup back into the pot.Add the cream, heat, and serve.Soups On and ready to ENJOY!
Chop celery and onion
Chop celery and onion
In a pot melt butter and add the onion and celery cooking until onion is translucent.
In a pot melt butter and add the onion and celery cooking until onion is translucent.
Quickly whisk in the flour.
Quickly whisk in the flour.
Add the broth, water and powdered chicken broth, or bouillon cubes.
Add the broth, water and powdered chicken broth, or bouillon cubes.
Add the broccoli, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
Add the broccoli, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
Put the soup into a blender and puree in batches.
Put the soup into a blender and puree in batches.
Nice and smooth puree.
Nice and smooth puree.
Transfer pureed soup to a bowl.
Transfer pureed soup to a bowl.
Add the purred soup back into the pot.
Add the purred soup back into the pot.
Add the cream, heat, and serve.
Add the cream, heat, and serve.
Soups On and ready to ENJOY!
Soups On and ready to ENJOY!

Soup Preferences - Creamy vs Non Creamy

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I hope you enjoy it Phyllis. Please let me know.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Thelma!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      2 years ago from Germany

      What a delicious soup! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thanks for sharing this recipe, Susan. I love soups and creamy are my favorite. Can't wait to try this.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @paulahite: Thanks!

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      YES!! Thanks for making such a yummy recipe! It's featured today on our Google+ page! Come and visit!

      https://plus.google.com/106731555139009429707/post...

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @susanholland10: Thanks Susan!

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      Susan Holland 

      4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This looks like the perfect St. Patrick's Day soup!! :-) YUM!

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      ChocolateLily 

      4 years ago

      Probably potato, but I like almost any kind of homemade soup. Broccoli (with cheese) is a favorite.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love creamy mushroom soup topped with croutons. But your recipe looks yummy!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a great soup, especially for people needing more calcium, my doctor recommend I eat more of this type of food than taking a supplement tablet for my bones, far healthier for you.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks absolutely delicious.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is one of my favorite soups, so I am looking forward to trying this recipe (with veggie broth though). I had veggie soup tonight, but I would have liked this instead I think. Giving it a tweet to share the recipe.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      4 years ago

      Love creamy broccoli soup! Thinking this might be a great option for St. Patrick's Day.

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      ssphia 

      4 years ago

      This soup looks delicious! I'll try it soon! Thanks for sharing it!

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      Tamara14 

      4 years ago

      This is a very nice alternative to my 15 minutes version I usually make. I'll be trying it soon I'm sure :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Gypzeerose: I could live on soup alone :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @VioletteRose LM: I think introducing broccoli to kids as trees intrigues them and once they try it they seem to like it.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Coreena Jolene: Mushroom soup is on my menu this week to make. I too like French Onion.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DebW07: Potato and cheese soup is so good isn't it. Now I'm craving that one :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Johanna Eisler: I often do the same for bouillon. Much healthier way to make it indeed. Hope that you and Gerald both enjoy the creamy broccoli soup.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks Charli!

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      Rose Jones 

      4 years ago

      Yum, soups are an important diet aid - and this one sounds delicious too.

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      VioletteRose LM 

      4 years ago

      Looks great and healthy for sure, I am happy since this can be modified into a vegetarian recipe. Its so good that your kids like broccoli.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love all kinds of soup, one of my favorites is Wedding soup. My favorite creamy soup is Cream Of Mushroom. Thanks for another great recipe!!!

    • Coreena Jolene profile image

      Coreena Jolene 

      4 years ago

      I love creamy cheddar broccoli soup, but my other favorites are mushroom and french onion soup Mmmmmm :)

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      DebW07 

      4 years ago

      I like potato cheese soup but I also like vegetable and cream of broccoli. Now I'm hungry!

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      Johanna Eisler 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for getting my brain working! Obviously, homemade is better, but sometimes we get in the habit of just grabbing a can of soup off the shelf. With Gerald's sulfite sensitivity, I can't do that any more because of all the ingredients they put in those cans. Any "cream of" soups contain some type of food starch, which is totally off his diet.

      We can't use bouillon, either, but what I do is this: Any time I roast a chicken, I carefully save the drippings from the pan. A little of that (incredible flavor!) works as a perfect substitute for bouillon.

      Creamy broccoli soup, here we come!

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      Trees! Yes, we've called broccoli that, too. It's always a favorite but I forget to think about making soup! he purple of the onions and green of the celery makes for a pretty photo along with the finished soup!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: Me too :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RealHousewife: This one doesn't have any cheese in it but it is good :)

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      RealHousewife 

      4 years ago

      Syd just discovered how much she loves broccoli cheese soup so I'll try this!

      I'm making broccoli tonight...it's actually one of my kids favorite veggies - lucky me!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      Oh, I love Broccoli soup!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @groovyfind: Thanks!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sousababy: Sorry to learn that you're allergic to fish and seafood.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Jerzimom: Please do share yours, I'd love to see it.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @David Stone1: Yum!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Nancy Hardin: I know what you mean, so hard to choose just one :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DecoratingEvents: Hope that you like it.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Oh do I have a recipe for you :) Very easy one to make too. I have a link to it on my Contributor page.

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      Samantha Devereux 

      4 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Looks fabulous!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I know I will love this soup. My favorite? A really good cream of potato soup with bacon.

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      DecoratingEvents 

      4 years ago

      This recipe looks awesome! I may have to give it a try!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'd have to say my Mom's vegetable-beef soup. I can't remember NOT having that as a kid, and right behind that is her Bean soup. But I do love Cream of Broccoli and also Broccoli Cheese soup. I also enjoy a good Minestrone, with chick peas and bacon. Guess I'm a hopeless soup lover too! Love the recipe.

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      David Stone 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Lentil.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      All soups are great! I love your photo tutorial as you go along making it. In fact, I made a Cream of Broccoli Deluxe soup just this afternoon. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'll have to share mine.

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      I love all kinds of soup - as long as it's homemade (and has no seafood or fish oil in it because I'm allergic to those).

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