Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

by | Jan 6, 2014 | All, Soups + Salads

There’s nothing that warms the soul like comfort food. This Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup is made in your crock pot and takes the stress out of dinner.

Broccoli Cheese Soup in small black bowl with shredded cheddar cheese and fresh broccoli for garnish.Soups warms the soul, right? At least that’s what I’m banking on today – Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup to warm my soul…and every other part, too.

The temps here in Minnesota are freezing. 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. Slow Cooker 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 slow cooker 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’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.

But lucky for us, we have this Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup. Cheese is kind of like bacon; it makes everything better. Even the weather. 

Top down shot of broccoli cheese soup in black bowls on a dark background with freshly grated pepper on top.

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Collage picture of broccoli cheese soup in black bowls on a dark background with freshly grated cheddar and cheese and fresh broccoli for garnishes.

Top down image of bowl of Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese soup with shredded cheddar and broccoli florets on side.

 

Yield: 6

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup in small black bowl with shredded cheddar cheese and fresh broccoli for garnish.

Let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting with this easy to make broccoli cheese soup!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/4 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

12 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 668Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 1132mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 34g

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36 Comments

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

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

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    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!

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      Thanks, Aimee! Stay warm!

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      Come on over for a bowl, Paula! 🙂

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    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!

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

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    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!

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

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

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      Every little bit helps! 🙂

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

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      Thanks, Joelen!

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    What an amazing recipe! I love my crock pot right now – I have no energy left to cook at dinner! Pinned!

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

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    Sounds amazing! I love broccoli cheese soup and making this in the crock pot makes it even easier!

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      Thanks, Autumn!

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    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.

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      I love Panera too! This is a tasty alternative 🙂

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    BRRRR! This soup is exactly what we need. Love that your 8-year-old enjoys broccoli. You are mom of the year!

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    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

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

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

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

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    You could use 2% too!

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    Who can resist this delicious looking bowl of soup?! Your take on a broccoli cheese soup looks so tasty. We can’t wait to try this!

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      I can never resist of big bowl of soup either. Thanks for your note 🙂

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    This looks so easy to make! I love it! perfect for winter time too!

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      It’s a great way to warm up on a cool day! And it is very easy- enjoy 😉

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    Made just as the recipe stated and it was wonderful would not change a thing

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      Thanks, Sue! I’m so happy you liked it! It’s one of our favorites!

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    Going to make this tonight! Can’t wait.. Question, do you have to purée the soup in blender after the four hours? Or will it still taste delicious if you just leave in crock pot

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      Hi Michelle, You don’t have to puree the soup if you don’t want to, it depends on the texture you want. If you don’t puree it, it will be a little thinner. Hope you liked it!

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        It was delicious!! I went ahead and purée it and glad I did ?

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          Thanks for the feedback! I’m so happy you liked it!

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