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Crockpot broccoli cheese soup is rich and creamy. Each bite is the best comfort food and so easy in the slow cooker.

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Crockpot broccoli cheddar soup

Broccoli and cheese soup is one of my favorite types of soup. I love all the cheese combined with broccoli in a delicious broth.

You know I love using the crock pot so I came up with the best slow cooker recipe for this soup. It is perfect for busy nights because you can come home to dinner being just about ready.

Everything goes into the slow cooker for a great soup. During the last few minutes, the cheese gets added. It really could not be any simpler.

Each bite is so amazing and I think you will really like this easy recipe.

You may also love Crock Pot Beer Cheese Soup Recipe.

broccoli cheddar soup in crock pot

ingredients for recipe: celery, cheese, broccoli, onion, seasoning


  • broccoli -diced small
  • butter
  • sharp cheddar cheese- shredded
  • onion -diced
  • minced garlic
  • celery -diced small
  • chicken broth
  • heavy whipping cream
  • salt and pepper
  • corn starch

Crock Pot:

You will need a crock pot for this recipe. I used a 6 quart crock pot and it worked great for this recipe.

You can also make Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese soup if you prefer to use your instant pot instead of your crock pot for this recipe.

How to make crockpot broccoli cheese soup:

First, cut the broccoli into small bite size pieces. Add the broccoli, butter, onion, celery and minced garlic in the crock pot.

broccoli, onion, butter and seasoning in the crockpot

Second, mix the chicken broth with the cornstarch and stir this mixture into the crock pot.

Finally, cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. The cook time will vary based on your crock pot. Watch closely and it’s ready when the broccoli is tender.

Once everything has finished cooked, stir in the cream and the shredded cheese.

Add the lid back on and let this cook on high for 30 minutes until all of the cheese has melted.

Give everything a good stir before serving and enjoy!

broccoli cheese soup in slow cooker

Why did my Broccoli Cheese Soup separate?

This can happen when the temperature is too hot or if you add the cheese and milk too soon in the cooking process.

We suggest adding the cheese and cream right before serving and this should help to make sure the soup does not separate.

How do you make broccoli cheddar soup thicker?

The initial cornstarch slurry should do the trick. However, if the soup is still not thick enough, more can be added.

Just make another slurry with cornstarch and water or broth and add to the mixture. To make a slurry, you typically use a 1 to 2 ratio.

For example, if you use a tablespoon of cornstarch, you will use 2 tablespoons of water.

Can you use frozen broccoli?

Yes, you can. I suggest letting it thaw out first though.

Either fresh or frozen can be used.

Serving ideas:

Bread is a must when eating broccoli cheese soup. I always love to dip the bread into the delicious sauce. It is heavenly.

These are a few favorites and they are all super easy. You could also pick up a loaf of French bread at the bakery.

Either way, you definitely need some crusty bread to serve with this recipe.

Learn how to freeze bread and you can just grab it from the freezer to eat with soup.

broccoli cheese soup in bowl

More ideas to try:

  • Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
  • Add carrots to the mixture. I like to use really thin pieces of carrots. The combination of the broccoli, carrots and cheese will taste just like Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
  • Frozen or fresh broccoli works fine in this recipe.
  • Evaporated milk can be used instead of heavy whipping cream.
  • Try adding a little bit of garlic powder to the soup.

Tips and tricks:

  • Try to hand shred the cheese. Pre-shredded bags of cheese don’t melt as smoothly in the soup. The consistency is much better when you shred the cheese yourself.
  • Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days. You’ll need to add more chicken broth to the soup when reheating as the soup will thicken as it cools.
  • Prior to adding the heavy cream and cheese, you can use an immersion blender if you prefer. Using this will make the soup really smooth and creamy if you don’t like the large pieces of broccoli. Just do what you prefer.
  • Freeze this soup to enjoy later. Just let it cool completely before freezing and then make sure to store inside an airtight container.
broccoli cheese soup in crock pot

How to Store:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 4-5 days. The soup will thicken as it set so add more broth to the soup when reheating to thin it back out.

You can also freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months in a freezer safe bag or container.

Everyone will enjoy this soup!

It has the best flavor and tastes amazing. Broccoli cheddar soup is the best comfort food.

The soup is really delicious and such a great lunch or dinner idea. Serve it with bread and a salad. Another idea is a sandwich.

The possibilities are endless for this delicious soup. I think you will really enjoy it.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese soup is budget friendly and super easy to make. Plus, it tastes better than what you can buy at the grocery store.

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Crockpot broccoli cheese soup

4.98 from 472 votes
Crockpot broccoli cheese soup is rich and creamy. Each bite is the best comfort food and so easy in the slow cooker.
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 46 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Soup
Calories 530


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  • Cut the broccoli into small bite size pieces and place the broccoli, butter, onion, celery and minced garlic in the crock pot.
  • Mix the chicken broth with the cornstarch and stir this mixture into the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • After this cooking time, stir in the heavy cream and the shredded cheese. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Stir thoroughly right before serving and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 530kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 22g, Fat 44g, Saturated Fat 28g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 143mg, Sodium 1498mg, Potassium 450mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 1838IU, Vitamin C 67mg, Calcium 615mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe twice first time with fresh broccoli second time with frozen broccoli and I think the fresh broccoli way is the best way!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper, for me! I had to make a few subs based on what I had on hand but followed it as written for the most part and it’s a hit.

  3. Yes you can stir in cooked rice towards the end. You could try uncooked rice as well but it will need to cook longer.

  4. What do you think about adding rice to make it heartier but a little less rich? If you think it might work when would you add it and would you increase the broth?

  5. All I can say is “Wow”… This recipe was not only easy, but absolutely delicious ?. Totally customizable to your family… trying different cheeses, or even a combination of a few favorites… Thank you for your amazing sight, and helping us all get food on the table!!! ?

  6. If it isn’t as creamy with cheddar make sure you are had shredding the cheese that will help. But I think velveeta would be good.

  7. Has anyone tried to use Velveeta for cheese instead of cheddar and how did it turn out? I made this before using the cheddar and it was good, but not as creamy.

  8. 5 stars
    This was soooo good!! My family loved it! My husband doesn’t usually care for broccoli cheese soup but he said it was delicious. I didn’t have celery so I subbed for celery seed I had on hand. I also didn’t have cornstarch so I can a roux with AP flour and butter. Still came out so tasty!

  9. 5 stars
    This sounds so delicious and I’m actually gathering the ingredients to make it right now I’m going to double the recipe as I have extra mouths to feed currently. I’m very excited about it I love broccoli cheddar soup. I plan on following me directions but we’ll have to make two changes, I do not have any celery so I am debating between going ahead and doubling up the onion as I love onion, or just admitting the celery all together. And the second change will be concerning the heavy cream, I do not have enough so I will be making a substitution for each cup by using 1/4 cup melted butter and slowly stirring in 3/4 cup of whole milk. And I I’m planning on serving it with some sort of bread haven’t quite decided which way I’m going with that just yet but I can say this my mouth is watering just thinking about all of it and I appreciate you taking the time to share your recipe I’m sure we will all absolutely love it.

  10. 5 stars
    My husband as always said he only eats broccoli raw, then one day he tells me he likes broccoli cheese soup. So I made your recipe he loved it. It was my first time ever eating it. We will make this again. I Am curious, can it be frozen?
    Thanks again for this tasty recipe for soup.

  11. 5 stars
    Made this for our swim team and it was a hit. It will go into our regular rotation!

  12. 5 stars
    Delicious! This will be a new regular meal for our household. I’ve never made broccoli and cheese soup before and this was easy for me to make. I was nervous at first but it turned out amazing

  13. 5 stars
    I love this recipe for a warm winter lunch for company! I use a large crockpot that holds 5 quarts (20 cups) and make 3x the recipe. An emultion blender makes the final product perfectly smooth and wonderful. Thank you, Carrie!

  14. 5 stars
    So easy & good! The only small change I made, was I added the smallest amount of sugar to it at the end, about 1 teaspoon! It didn’t make it sweet but helped balance out some of the bitterness!

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely perfect! Only thing I did different was chopped carrots instead of celery, onion powder instead of chopped and I added a bit more broth (I had a lot of broccoli). My whole family enjoyed it! Will be adding it to my regular rotation.

  16. Hi! Was going to make this soup and was curious if you could make with frozen broccoli?


  17. 5 stars
    Did recipe exactly as written ! Seriously , Best cheddar brocolli soup I’ve made . I did use Emerson blender. Great recipe !

  18. Is it common for broccoli cheese soups to have celery? I am absolutely obsessed with this soup this year but I have only gotten it from a cafe/restaurant and I don’t taste celery in theirs. I really don’t like the taste of celery so I’m wondering if I can skip that?

  19. 5 stars
    I made this and my whole family raved about how good it was even my two-year-old and baby ate it I just didn’t use the onion because I didn’t have any and I used heavy cream again just because what I had and it turned out wonderful I would suggest anybody make this it’s great I served it with some rolls and it was a awesome dinner

  20. Hello Carrie,
    The Broccoli cheese soup was absolutely amazing! Your directions and hints were perfect for this newbie crock pot cooker.

    Thank You, Bernadette in North Carolina

  21. Loved the recipe and thank goodness had all the ingredients except the heavy whipping cream, I did substitute half sour cream and evap milk and was perfect.

  22. Yes, you can for half the time but I would watch is closely so that the broccoli does not get over cooked.

  23. I recommend! I have Panera bread and plenty of other cheddar broccoli soups and this one compares if not more delicious and fresh!

  24. 5 stars
    I was looking for an easy but yet tasty cheesy broccoli soup and this checked off all the boxes. Very yummy!!!!!

  25. How does this compare to the slow cooker copycat Panera bread version? I have made that one before and its really good. I am planning on making this and am curious. Hoping its just as yummy. Thanks for the recipes Carrie.