Broccoli Cheddar Soup

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , , ,

Broccoli Cheddar soup is one of my faves.  It is perfect for my Meatless Monday's - I would get it from Panera or Au Bon Pain - until I found out they use chicken stock in the base!  No more Panera or Au Bon Pain for me (at least on Monday's!).  Here's a vegetarian version I came up with - it's easy & delish! 


Time: 45 mins total


  • 1.5 cups chopped broccoli (I got these frozen, and chopped them finer)
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups milk (can use lactaid)
  • 1/4 white onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves chopped fresh garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 handful diced or shredded carrots 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour  
  • 1-2 pinches of smoked paprika (optional) 


  1. Heat the chopped onion, carrots and garlic in a pot with the butter or oil for 2-3 mins on medium heat.
  2. Add the flour, seasonings & broccoli. Stir to combine. 
  3. Stir in vegetable broth and milk and bring to a boil - then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. Let simmer for 5 - 7 mins before slowly adding the cheddar cheese (keep stirring so it melts & doesn't clump).
  5. Sprinkle on paprika if desired - and serve!  

This recipe yields 3-4 adult-sized servings.