Cream of Broccoli Soup

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There’s something comforting about Creamy Broccoli Soup, isn’t there? We grew up on canned goods, and you know us: We love recreating store-bought and restaurant-style meals. Not only are we big believers in what goes into the meals we serve our family…it’s fun to play in the kitchen! Not to mention, it also brought back all those childhood memories. Cream of Old Fashioned Broccoli Soup has always been a staple, and we were hooked when we discovered how easy it is to make from scratch! You only need a few ingredients, and honestly, you probably already have most of them at home. Even better, it only takes a little over half an hour to make! It pairs perfectly with your favorite bread and fresh salad, or you can enjoy it on its own as a light meal. No matter how you decide to eat it, we know you’ll come back again.

Ingredients Description

Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh broccoli?

We always like to use fresh broccoli in this recipe. Really easy to find and almost always the right price! That said, if you want to use the big bag of frozen florets you have in the freezer, that’s fine too. Just know that your soup may be thinner due to the extra moisture. In that case, you can always add a little more flour to thicken it up!

How do I thicken cream of broccoli soup?

The addition of flour goes a long way towards the consistency you all know and love. Add it to sautéed onions to make a roux, and you’ll end up with a really thick, creamy soup every time. Heavy cream will also thicken it nicely.

Use cornstarch as a thickener Instead of flour in soups, you will need to make a slurry first. To make a slurry, mix equal parts cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Once your puree is ready, slowly stir it into your soup while it simmers on the stove. Be sure to add the slurry slowly and continue to stir the soup as you add it to avoid lumps. You may need to let the soup simmer for a few minutes longer to allow the cornstarch to fully thicken. Taste the soup and add more cornstarch slurry if needed to achieve desired consistency.

Is there anything else I can use other than heavy cream?

If you have a deep aversion to cream, try half-and-half instead. We do not recommend using extra milk as it is not creamy enough. While half and half won’t make your soup as creamy as heavy cream, it’s still delicious!

hybrid option

Device options:

One of the keys to creamy and velvety Cream of Old Fashioned Broccoli Soup is blending them together after they’re cooked. The easiest way is to use a handy immersion blender. We really like ours and get a lot of use out of it. If you have a traditional blender with a vented lid at home, you can use this instead! Puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency.

service suggestion

Enjoy this soup on its own as a light meal, or add some delicious side dish or sides to complete your meal! We recommend you try: