Potato, broccoli and cheddar soup is creamy, luscious and oh so yummy! It’s loaded with potatoes, celery, onions, chicken broth, fresh chopped broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese. This is one hearty soup to make on the weekends, and it’s perfect to serve family and friends when watching the games.
I made a large batch this past weekend and put some into the freezer for a quick dinner during the week.
I LOVE this soup! It’s so delicious, very filling and big on flavor! Oh and did I mention- there is NO cream added whatsoever and it’s gluten-free too.
This recipe for potato broccoli and cheddar soup makes enough to feed a large crowd.
I made this soup in a large pot on stove-top, but I am sure it’s easy enough to make it in your crockpot, or slow cooker as well.
Just simmer cubed potatoes, onions and celery with vegetable or chicken broth and water. Then add in some steamed chunks of broccoli, and puree it (right in the pot, for easy clean up) to get a luscious velvety texture.
Next, after pureed, add in some extra chunks of broccoli to give the soup some texture and stir in the cheddar cheese. As the cheese melts into the soup it will enhance the cheese flavor. So good.
Everyone gave it a thumbs up!
If you want to jazz up this potato broccoli and cheddar soup a tab more, just microwave some strips of bacon, crumble and toss some on top each bowl along with a sprinkle of shredded cheese. YUM!
January is the month for comforting soups like this one. Hope you have a good weekend!
Here’s a tip: This recipe makes enough soup for you to freeze half the batch for another evening, especially when you’re short for time. Wait for soup to cool completely before storing it into a plastic container, then freeze. Soup freezes well up to one month. Allow to defrost completely before reheating.
Potato, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 celery stalks- chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion- chopped
- 5 pound bag yellow potatoes- peeled, cubed
- 3 cups chicken broth or low sodium vegetable broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 small broccoli heads (3 to 4 cups) – divided
- 1+ 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, extra for garnish
- fresh cracked pepper to taste
- optional: cooked bacon, crumbled or croutons for garnish
In a 4 to 5 quart pot, heat olive oil on medium heat.
Add celery and onions, and sauté until they are soften, about 5 minutes.
Add potatoes, chicken broth, water and salt. Cover with a lid.
Bring liquid to a boil, then lower heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn off heat.
In the meantime, clean the outer skins of the broccoli and chop into tiny, bite-size pieces. In a medium pot, bring 1-inch of water to a boil, then add broccoli and cover.
Cook for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the broccoli to steam for another 3 to 5 minutes. Drain. The color of the broccoli should be bright green and tender.
Add only HALF the cooked broccoli to the potatoes.
Reserve the other half, set aside. Using an immersion hand-held blender, begin to slowly pulse up and down directly inside the large pot of soup to puree the potato and broccoli. Puree until well blended.
Stir in the reserved cooked broccoli and cheddar cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese is completely melted and blended. Season with fresh cracked pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls, and garnish with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese on top. Serve warm.
Optional: Before serving, top each bowl with some crumbled bacon pieces or croutons.