Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup fans will devour this easy recipe made in about 10 minutes using a high speed blender.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Last night, I returned from a weekend trip with one of my favorite clients (more on that later this week!) and all I could think about was climbing into my own bed. There’s something about the comfort of home that can make returning from a crazy fun trip almost as awesome as being on the trip. And I really love my own pillow, although the pillows at the place I stayed were nice.

It also certainly doesn’t hurt when your kids are thrilled to pieces when you return.

Speaking of comforts, this soup? Total comfort food. In fact, if I could only eat one soup ever for the rest of eternity, it would be Broccoli Cheddar Soup — and probably this crazy easy one. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s fresh, fast and delicious.

But I have to confess, this recipe does call for a special piece of equipment: a high-speed blender that heats like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. If you don’t have one, you could probably make this work with a really good blender and a pan on the stove — but it won’t be as easy and simple that way.

Making Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Vitamix

Over the years (eight and counting!), I have always shied away from publishing recipes on SCB that required special equipment. Sure, I use a rice cooker for my rice and own a rotisserie, but this site is about accessible food that you can prepare in a typically outfitted kitchen. So, when my husband gave me a Vitamix for Christmas — you know, the fancy high speed blender that can heat while it blends — I wasn’t sure if anything I made in it would have a place here.

But then a former colleague posted about her new Vitamix. And a cousin’s friend raved about hers, and her mom’s. And I heard others talking about their Blendtec blenders, which have similar features. So I decided that maybe once in awhile, a specialty item like this might be okay. And besides, this soup is really good.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Filled with broccoli, carrots, a little onion, cheddar, chicken bouillon and milk — this couldn’t be easier. Add the ingredients. Blend until hot. Mix in extra bits of broccoli. Dig in.

This makes four lunch-size portions. But if you are a big eater, you might want to double the recipe.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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This recipe is intended to be made in a high-speed blender that heats like a Vitamix or a Blendtec.
Serves: serves 4, as a lunch portion
  • 2½ cups broccoli florets, steamed until just tender
  • ⅔ cup julienned carrots
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup grated cheddar (freshly grated is best)
  • 1 cube (or equivalent) chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup milk
  1. In the bowl of a high speed blender that heats (I use a Vitamix), add 1½ cups broccoli along with the carrots, onion, cheddar, bouillon and milk. Per manufacturer’s directions, turn on the blender and blend until smooth and hot – about 5-6 minutes. On the Vitamix, this means turning the blender on its’ lowest setting and increasing the speed slowly to its highest setting before flipping the switch to high. This may vary depending on your blender.
  2. Once heated, stir in the remaining 1 cup of steamed broccoli. Enjoy.
Recipe adapted from a Vitamix recipe.


    • says

      Ha! Carrie, I wasn’t sure I would even *like* it when I opened it, but I have to say it’s pretty darn amazing. Costco — I think the one he got me was under $300 around Christmas.

  1. Judy Kyle says

    This soup is CRAZY good! I have the Vitamix. I pre -chopped the carrots in the vitamin and didn’t feel like peeling an onion, so i used some dried onion. Also, I had some 1/1 and 1/2 in my fridge, so i used 1/2 cup of that and 1/2 cup 1 % milk. CRAZY DELICIOUS!

  2. Naomi says

    Is there really only 1 cup of liquid in this recipe? No liquid/water to be used with the bouillon cube? I’m wondering how you’re getting 4 servings from this.

  3. Naomi says

    An additional question, actually my original thought was to replace the chicken bouillon cube with real chicken broth. Would that have to replace the milk? I realize I may not get a reply from you before time to make this for dinner, if at all, since it IS an old post.

    • says

      Hi Naomi, to answer your questions: Yes, there is only one cup of liquid in the recipe. I haven’t tried it with chicken broth and can’t speak to how it would impact the recipe — it would be less thick for sure unless you replaced some of the milk too. But then it would be less creamy. This makes four lunch-size portions. In other words, if you want bigger portions, double or triple the recipe. Or serve it with something on the side — like a big salad or even sandwiches. Hope that helps!


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