Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup is a classic deli-style favorite, creamy and cheesy with bits of healthy broccoli added.
Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This week  for Sunday Supper the theme is all about hot lunches for Back to School.

I decided to post my recipe for Broccoli and Cheese soup- which has been a favorite of mine since I worked as a teenager at the Whole Loaf deli in downtown St. Louis many many years ago  (1970’s). It was always popular with the customers who got it with their deli sandwiches.

I do think mine is just as good as theirs (probably better).

The tip in making this is to make sure when you stir the cheese in, the soup is off the heat,  otherwise the heat makes the cheese break down into something horrible and stringy. And as you can see, the soup is very smooth and velvety, everything you could want for in this type of soup.

Broccoli and Cheese SoupTomorrow starts up a week of Farmer’s Marker recipes which I am posting with a recipe blogging group. I always have tons of these kinds of recipes laying around,  especially since I do enjoy visiting the markets. My first recipe will be for Strawberry Mango jam. I love making jam- and have been doing it since the 1980’s when I bought myself a canning pot. That first summer I made so many things I was giving jar after jar of preserves and whatnot away like a canning and gifting fool. Not that I mind- I  really enjoy giving food gifts, and when guests come, I cook everything in sight.

You’d think I  want to feed the world. You might be right!


Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Broccoli and Cheese Soup

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • salt (to taste)
  • white pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli, cooked crisp-tender, and kept warm


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion and celery in butter until soft.
  2. Stir in the flour, then add the broth and milk, stirring constantly.
  3. Bring to a boil and boil one minute until sauce thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until it melts.
  5. Stir in cooked broccoli.

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7 responses

  1. I absolutely love the simplicity of this soup. My family loves Broccoli and Cheese soup, so it would make not just a great lunch for my kiddos, but a nice quick dinner for busy nights too. Yum!

  2. Sue, whole loaf was one of our favorite linch places Than you for the broccoli cheese soup recipe, we had it every time we were there. You don’t happen to have a menu from those days, do you. I know, it was on the wall,! But I can’t remember which sandwich I paired with my soup. Seems like turkey, but better. Also one of my sons was in scouts with Brian Lau, your brother?

    • Brian Lau not related. The turkey sandwich maybe the one called the Downtowner which was just turkey and bacon. There was also a combo with turkey, roast beef and ham.

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