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Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Soups warms the soul, right? At least that’s what I’m banking on today. Broccoli Cheese Soup to warm my soul…and every other part, too.The temps here in Minnesota are at record lows, the coldest it’s been in almost 20 years. The governor closed school today for the entire state, and, no, there isn’t any record snow. Just cold. As in -25 temps with a -50 windchill. Seriously, why do those temps even exist??? But we need to suck it up and make the best of it because there is absolutely nothing you can do to change the weather (except move, which has been brought up more than once by Kevin this weekend). So what do we do? Make soup. Broccoli Cheese Soup, to be exact. And I do it in the Crock Pot. I’m crabby enough with the weather; I want dinner to be a no brainer. Sauté, dump, cook. My kind of meal, especially on a cold day. 

I use evaporated milk in the Crock Pot version of this soup because it doesn’t break down like milk can when cooked for extended times. But if you prefer to do this on the stovetop, just stir in a cup of cream and heat through before you serve. I puréed this with my immersion blender with the exception of a few chunks of broccoli. I know my audience, and I need to take away every possible protest from Greta. (I have enough aversions of green vegetables with her as it is.) And this isn’t a battle I choose to fight. She will eat broccoli when it’s stir fried or pureed in soup. Charlie, on the other hand, has requested this soup for four lunches straight. Gotta love the fact that broccoli is his favorite vegetable. How many 8 year olds can say that??? 

I’m hoping our cold snap came early this year, and it’s smooth sailing from here on out. I can’t take these drastic cold temps much longer. The kids need to play outside. But lucky for us, we had this Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup. Cheese is kind of like bacon; it makes everything better. Even the weather. 

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
 
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A heart warming soup filled with broccoli and cheese made in the Crock Pot.
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Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth (4 cups)
  • 1 bag (14 oz) frozen baby broccoli florets, thawed
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Additional shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese, if desired
Instructions
  1. Spray 4-quart Crock Pot with cooking spray.
  2. In medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in evaporated milk until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into Crock Pot. Stir in broth, broccoli, pepper and salt. Cover; cook on low heat setting for 4 hours or until bubbly.
  4. Puree with immersion blender (or in batches in a regular blender) to desired smoothness. Pour back in Crock Pot. Add cheese and stir until melted. Serve immediately.

26 Comments

  1. Come move to Atlanta! This looks delicious. Schools were cancelled here today as well.

    • Don’t tempt me, Rachel, I just might show up on your doorstep. :)

  2. Our schools are closed today too!! It’s been three days now (we were supposed to go back last thursday)! Anyways,this soup looks delicious!
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted…Spicy Roasted ChickpeasMy Profile

    • Thanks, Aimee! Stay warm!

  3. Where’s my spoon? Want!
    Paula – bell’alimento recently posted…DIY Play DoughMy Profile

    • Come on over for a bowl, Paula! :)

  4. I feel your pain! It’s sooooo cold out there. This soup would definitely cure the cold chill and I agree, the more cheese the better. Stay warm!
    Jessica@stuckonsweet recently posted…Caramel BrowniesMy Profile

    • I’m glad you agree, Jessica- Cheese makes it all better! You stay warm too!

  5. Soup is my absolute favorite thing to eat this time of year… there are times I go days with it being the only thing I eat! I might have to drag out the crockpot and make this one… it looks so warm and inviting!
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious recently posted…Crumpets w/ Strawberry Balsamic JamMy Profile

    • Thanks, Lauren! I love using my crock pot for soup!

  6. Love this for cold days! I need to make this ASAP. Stay warm!

    • Every little bit helps! :)

  7. This would be perfect for a bone chilling day like today!

    • Thanks, Joelen!

  8. What an amazing recipe! I love my crock pot right now – I have no energy left to cook at dinner! Pinned!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Wheat Germ PancakesMy Profile

    • I agree, Dorothy. My crock pot is my best friend right now! Thanks for the pin!

  9. Sounds amazing! I love broccoli cheese soup and making this in the crock pot makes it even easier!
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl recently posted…Cheeseburger SoupMy Profile

    • Thanks, Autumn!

  10. Everytime I would go to panera bread I would order broccoli cheese soup. My husband and I have now moved to another city and we no longer have this restaurant. I could go for a big pot of this just to relive my panera days.
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite recently posted…Pink Lemonade Fruit PunchMy Profile

    • I love Panera too! This is a tasty alternative :)

  11. BRRRR! This soup is exactly what we need. Love that your 8-year-old enjoys broccoli. You are mom of the year!
    Erin | The Law Student’s WIfe recently posted…Slow Cooker Thai ChickenMy Profile

  12. Made this last night. 3 out of 4 kids ate the entire bowl. Say what??? I made homemade bread in the bread maker and they dipped that in the soup. It was delicious :)
    Even my child who told me he is allergic to green vegetables ate it.
    Thanks for a great recipe

  13. do you think I could use fresh broccoli instead of frozen? have you ever tried?

    • Yes, you can use either! I have made it with both. Enjoy!

  14. Is evaporated milk the only option or could I possibly use 2%?

  15. You could use 2% too!

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