Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Have you ever had a fast-casual side dish that was just so delicious you wish you could eat it all the time? I absolutely love Cousins’s Subs Broccoli Cheddar soup. Here is my attempt at fast food at home copycat Broccoli Cheese Soup. There is no ingredient list offered by Cousin’s, so I start by looking at a copycat recipe for Panera Bread, since it is also a fast food soup, it must be very similar.

The one big difference and the reason I love Cousin’s soup, and not Panera, is that I swear there are Cauliflower bits in there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Panera is delicious, I just like Cousin’s better. At any rate, this turned out fabulous.

Cooking tip: If your soup turns out too thick, add extra chicken broth. If it turns out runny, add 1 T corn starch.

Love Cheese? Add 1/2 shredded mild Cheddar Cheese or sprinkle on top.

Serve in a sourdough bread bowl:

  • buy 2 round loaves of sourdough,
  • scoop out the innards and place the lid, innards and the bowls upside down on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes to form a crust inside the bowl.

The innards can be saved to make croutons or breadcrumbs, or use them to dip in your soup or top it off.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Course: Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 281kcal


  • 1 T Butter
  • ½ medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • ¼ c Butter, melted
  • ¼ c Flour
  • 2 c Milk
  • 2 c Chicken Base or Broth
  • 1 Cauliflower head, chopped
  • 1 ½ c Broccoli florets
  • 1 c Carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 Celery stalk, sliced
  • 2 ½ c sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 T Parsley
  • ½ t Paprika
  • 1 t Nutmeg
  • 1 t Thyme
  • 1 t Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce


  • Melt 1 T butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee onion and garlic about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Whisk 1/4 c melted butter and flour together in a large saucepan ofer medium heat, cooking 3-4 minutes. Add 1-2 T of milk to keep flour from burning.
  • Pour milk into flour mixture, gradually while whisking. Add chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cook until it becomes a thick gravy texture, about 20 minutes. Add onion mixture, vegetables and seasonings. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir cheddar cheese into soup until the cheese melts. Add salt & pepper to taste.


% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.6g25%
Saturated Fat 12.2g61%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 529mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 13.3g5%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g9%
Total Sugars 5.9g 
Protein 14g 
Vitamin D 9mcg43%
Calcium 365mg28%
Iron 1mg8%
Potassium 364mg8%
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