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Easy Vitamix Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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

This shows a bowl of Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

Last night, I returned from a weekend trip with one of my favorite clients 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. I use a Vitamix but you could make it with a Blendtec too. 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 a while, a specialty item like this might be okay. And besides, this Vitamix soup is really good.

This shows a bowl of Vitamix Broccoli Cheddar Soup from above.

Filled with broccoli, carrots, a little onion, cheddar, chicken bouillon and milk — making this Vitamix broccoli soup 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.

Do you have any Vitamix soup recipes you love? I would love to hear about them!

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This recipe is intended to be made in a high-speed blender that heats like a Vitamix or a Blendtec.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets, steamed until just tender
  • 2/3 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar, freshly grated is best
  • 1 cube, or equivalent chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a high speed blender that heats (I use a Vitamix), add 1 1/2 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.

Notes

Recipe adapted from a Vitamix recipe.

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Anita

Thursday 9th of June 2016

Hi there, thanks so much for the wonderful recipe. It's a favourite of my 3yo!! I wondered if it's suitable to freeze?

Sarah Walker Caron

Saturday 11th of June 2016

Hi Anita -- I am so glad your three year old loves this! Unfortunately, I am not sure about freezing it -- I've never tried, and generally avoid freezing soups with dairy (it tends to separate). Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!

licoricelady

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Thanks for doing Vitamix recipes. I just got mine for Christmas and am eager for some "tried and true" recipes.

Sarah

Saturday 28th of November 2015

While I understand the desire to publish recipes that do not call for a special piece of equipment, I would love for more food bloggers to have a category on their websites for these appliances. My Vitamix, my Cuisinart Steam(Boy) countertop oven, and my Cuisinart Electric pressure cooker are all items that I love to read about on food blogs. Wish there were more of them.

Sarah Walker Caron

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Thanks for letting me know, Sarah. I'd like to publish more recipes using my Vitamix -- glad to hear there are some out there who'd like to see them. Stay tuned.

PS -- Do you like the pressure cooker? What's your favorite way to use it?

Naomi

Thursday 21st of May 2015

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.

Sarah Walker Caron

Thursday 21st of May 2015

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!

Naomi

Thursday 21st of May 2015

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.