Cream of Broccoli Soup (One Pot)

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Quick and easy cream of broccoli soup recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 30 minutes. Loaded with herbs, veggies and heavy cream.

This soup is different than Broccoli Cheddar Soup (One Pot) but just as delicious. While this soup is not based in cheese, it is still creamy, flavor-filled, and loaded with herbs and green veggies!

Cream of Broccoli Soup in Black Pot- Overhead Shot

How To Make Cream Of Broccoli Soup From Scratch?

  1. Heat oil and butter– In a large pot.
  2. Saute ingredients- This includes onion, garlic, celery, broccoli.
  3. Add other ingredients– This includes broth, spinach, mustard, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper.
  4. Cook- Uncovered.
  5. Puree soup– Until smooth.
  6. Mix in heavy cream– Do this very slowly.
  7. Enjoy– Garnish with toppings of your choice.

What Sides to Serve with Easy Creamy Broccoli Soup?

This soup goes perfectly with bread or anything you can dip in it such as:

It also pairs very well with salads such as this:

If you want to turn this into a complete meal for a dinner party or guests, serve it alongside pasta:

Variations

Broccoli cauliflower soup– Add chopped fresh cauliflower. This will make the soup thicker too.

Broccoli potato soup– Add potatoes along and puree them with the other ingredients at the end.

Cheesy soup– Add freshly grated cheddar cheese for an even creamier soup. The choice is up to you. Choose something whose flavor you like best.

Make it healthier/vegan– Use vegetable broth and full-fat coconut milk in place of heavy cream.

Add sour cream– For additional creaminess and some tanginess.

Add cream cheese– For a thicker, creamier soup.

Add yogurt– Use plain full-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt for a little tang.

Try other seasoning– Such as Mexican, Italian, or Greek to create a new flavor profile.

Add cooked meat– In the final 5 minutes, mix in shredded rotisserie chicken, cubed ham, or even cooked ground beef or turkey.

Topping and garnish options– Roasted seeds such as pepitas or sunflower seeds, pine nuts, heavy cream, red chili flakes, fresh herbs such as parsley or basil, bacon crumbles, freshly shredded mozzarella cheese.

Spoonful of Easy Creamy Broccoli Soup in Black Pot

Tips And Techniques

How to thicken soup? Continue cooking on medium heat until the soup reduces and thickens to your liking. A few other options are to mix in more heavy cream or puree in more vegetables.

How to make soup thinner? Simply add more broth or water.

Why is my soup grainy? One of the reasons for that in temperature. If the soup gets too hot and is boiling or almost boiling, the proteins in heavy cream can tighten and contract and the fats get released, leading to a curdled texture.

Fresh broccoli vs. Frozen broccoli- Either can be used . I highly recommend fresh broccoli because it tastes the best.

Add heavy cream at the end on very low heat– If it is too hot and bubbling, the cream can sometimes separate. There is no way to fix this.

Heavy cream substitute- You can use half and half, whole milk, or coconut milk although the last one alters the flavor a little.

Use nonstick pot– Because it prevents sticking and burning, making clean-up easier.

Adjust amount of seasonings– Add more or less of whatever seasonings you like or dislike.

Use low sodium broth– Because it prevents the soup from becoming too salty.

Use full fat ingredients– Because that makes the creamiest and richest soup.

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– I do not recommend freezing because the heavy cream will separate upon thawing.

Reheat– In the microwave or on the stovetop.

More One Pot Broccoli Recipes

Easy Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup in Black Pot
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One Pot Broccoli Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy cream of broccoli soup recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 30 minutes. Loaded with herbs, veggies and heavy cream.

Servings: 6 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade soup
Calories: 384 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1 cup Onion Finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Finely minced
  • 2 stalks Celery Diced
  • 1 Broccoli Large, Washed, Cut into small florets, About 7 cups
  • 3 cups Broth Low sodium, Chicken or Vegetable
  • 1/2 cup Spinach Frozen
  • 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard Adjust according to your preference
  • 1/2 tsp Dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Parsley Fresh, Roughly chopped
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 3/4- 1.5 cups Heavy cream Or whole milk or Half and half, Adjust according to your preference
  • 1-2 tbsp Toppings Roasted seeds or Red chili flakes or Additional heavy cream or Shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add onion, garlic, celery, broccoli and saute until vegetables are partially softened and garlic is fragrant. This takes about 5 minutes.

  3. Add broth, spinach, mustard, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper and mix until combined.

  4. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking uncovered until all the veggies are softened.

  5. Reduce heat to low and use a hand-held immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth and creamy. You can also puree in a blender in batches.

  6. Mix in heavy cream slowly. I only added about 3/4 cups because I added more as a topping, when serving. However, more can be added, per your preference.

  7. Garnish with toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Broccoli Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 599mg25%
Potassium 481mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2600IU52%
Vitamin C 95mg115%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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