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Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

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Serves 4 to 6.
By Dennis W. Viau; an original recipe.

When I was doing research for my Cream of Broccoli Soup, I saw several recipes for the soup made with added cheddar cheese. I liked the idea; so I modified my original idea for this recipe. The soup is delicious, and it's keto friendly.


2 tablespoons butter or olive oil for frying
¼ large or ½ medium onion, chopped
Several broccoli stems, about 1 pound (450g), chopped
2 cups (475ml) chicken stock
Fresh ground back pepper to taste
Two small floret bunches from a broccoli crown, optional
2 cups (160g) shredded medium-sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup (175ml) heavy whipping cream
Salt to taste


Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the chopped onion and broccoli. Sauté over medium heat until softened, about 8 minutes, stirring often.

Add the stock and season with pepper. Place a couple of floret bunches on top (optional). Bring the pot to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes or until the broccoli stem pieces are tender when pierced with a fork.

Remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the cooked florets and set aside. Allow the mixture to cool to a safe temperature to handle, especially if you will be using a glass blender jar.

Pour the ingredients in the jar of a Vitamix (or other) blender and cover. Starting at low, blend, increasing the speed to high to purée the soup, 10 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Add the cream and blend. Taste and adjust for salt.

Note: You can use an immersion blender to purée the soup right in the pot, but it won't be as smooth as when blended in a Vitamix.

Add the cooked florets to the soup and pulse the blender briefly to break up the florets but not to blend them completely into the soup. Return the soup to the pan, add the cheese and stir to blend into the soup. (You might need to heat the soup to help the blending.)

Heat and serve.

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