Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of comfort food mine. This healthy version uses no cream, simple ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes!

Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it's quick and easy to prepare.
Cream of Broccoli Soup

I love making creamed soups, especially in the Fall when the weather starts getting cold. A few other favorites of mine are Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup, Dad’s Creamy Cauliflower Soup and Cream of Asparagus Leek Soup with Creme Fraiche. It’s perfect for lunch with some bread on the side, or serve it for dinner with a sandwich.

Most creamed soups are loaded with cream or flour which make them high in fat and calories. To slim this cream of broccoli soup down I use the vegetables to thicken it, keeping it thick before I puree it, then add a little sour cream and cheddar. The results are rich, creamy and delicious, and so easy to make from scratch.

If you want make this a vegan cream of broccoli, you can omit the milk and cheddar and use a vegan sour cream. You can also add a potato or some cauliflower florets which are just so great at adding extra creaminess to a soup once it’s pureed.

Tips for a healthy ‘no cream’ creamed soups

  • Generally, having an immersion blender (affil link) is the best place to start if you don’t already own one. It saves so much time than putting hot soup into a blender in several batches.
  • Adding veggies like potatoes, beans, legumes and cauliflower into a soup and pureeing are great for adding creaminess and thickness.
  • And finally for adding that cream taste, adding a dollop or 2 of a light sour cream or even Greek yogurt can give you that heavy cream taste without compromising the soup.

How To Make Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it's quick and easy to prepare.How to make broccoli soupCream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it's quick and easy to prepare.Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it's quick and easy to prepare.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it's quick and easy to prepare.
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Cream of Broccoli Soup

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150 Cals 10.5 Protein 14 Carbs 7 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
CUISINE: American
Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it's quick and easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (2/3 cup)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped (2/3 cup)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 5 cups broccoli florets, 12 ounces
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream, plus optional more for garnish
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • In a medium sized stock pot, bring chicken broth, onions, carrots, garlic, and celery to a boil. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli, milk and pepper and cook, covered, 10 more minutes.
  • Add sour cream and puree soup with an immersion blender.
  • Adjust black pepper to taste and heat through over medium heat, stir in the cheddar cheese and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 150kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 10.5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19.5mg, Sodium: 796.5mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6.5g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 4
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 4
Keywords: cream of broccoli cheese soup, cream of broccoli recipe, Cream of Broccoli Soup, cream of broccoli soup recipe, easy cream of broccoli soup

Beautiful broccoli floretsTo make creamed soups without cream, use the vegetables to thicken it and puree.

Photo credit: Jess Larson

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132 comments

  1. question could i sub the 2% milk with a nut or oat milk?

  2. This is probably the worst cream of broccoli soup I’ve ever had. Consistency was way too thin, not creamy at all, and even with the addition of thyme, ground mustard and a pinch of nutmeg it was still very very bland.

  3. This was so good and easy and quick to prepare.  Will be making it again for sure.

  4. This soup is AMAZING. I didn’t need to add any salt and my extremely picky eater said it is delicious! It is a miracle to get her to eat anything green so this is a huge deal. What an awesome recipe!

  5. Just made it. It is very bland.

  6. I choose this soup for my brother since he’s fighting cancer and garlic and broccoli are key foods for fighting cancer. (To maximize that, mince garlic 10 minutes before cooking and chop broccoli 45 minutes before cooking, or if using frozen broccoli add 1/4 tsp dry mustard.) He loved the soup and asked for it again!

  7. Made this today and it is fabulous. I didn’t have an onion so I subbed 1 Tbsp minced onion. Also used fage 0% greek yogurt instead of sour cream and reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese. Absolutely wonderful!

  8. I made this as specified. Very tasty. I added a little salt and used coconut milk yogurt as a substitute for the regular milk and sour cream,

  9. I tried this today and I think it turned out really great. I know my personal tastes and thought it would be a bit bland as written, so I added a chopped jalapeno including ribs and seeds with the onion, carrot, garlic, and celery, as well as a healthy pinch of salt. I also think adding smoked paprika and/or cayenne would be great here too. That’s what great about these recipes, they are so versatile and easy to play around with different seasonings to make it your own. I would definitely make this again.

  10. Delicious and very easy. I used frozen broccoli because it was easier than chopping fresh. 

  11. I can’t wait to try this recipe, but more importantly I need to know where is this beautiful and gorgeous wooden spoon from?… 

  12. LOVED IT! I just made this with some broccolini that was about to go bad and it was SO YUMMY! I loosely halved the recipe and it came out great. Garnished it with some applewood smoked cheddar and it was delish. thanks!!

  13. This soup was absolutely amazing! Instead of the sour cream and milk, I added coconut milk, It was so rich and thick and flavoursome!
    I love cooking and baking bu soups have never been something I could make This was my very first proper yummy soup I have made and so I had to leave a review for those who are questioning if they should make this or not, MAKE IT!

  14. I made this today and would suggest for anyone on the fence about it to go ahead and make it. I used almond milk instead of regular milk and added one can of cannellini beans to make it creamy -I don’t do dairy so omitted the yogurt and cheese. It was sooo good!!!

  15. This was easy and fairly quick to make and very good. I used 1% milk because I had that on hand. I also added a chopped oversized fingerling potato with the carrots and celery, and a hefty pinch of salt and about a quarter cup of nutritional yeast before blending.

  16. I made this soup tonight.  I was a little short on fresh broccoli, so mine was a little bit thinner than the picture.  It was still delicious!  The only change I made was I added a couple of pinches of Chipotle Chile Powder because some said it was bland.  I did not put the sour cream on either.   I loved it and will be making this again!   Thanks for this recipe.

  17. I made this today. Recipe as is, except added a pinch of Trader Joes 21 Seasoning. My husband works outside. He came home for a bowl and said it’s his favourite of all the soups I gave been making these past wintry weeks.

  18. When will you add the green points to your recipes?

  19. even though i haven’t tried making it yet ,any tips and advice?also is there any vegan or vegetarian substitute for this recipe? i don’t eat meat.

  20. Didn’t think there was much flavour. 

  21. What do I add or do if it tastes a little “watery”? Thanks!

  22. Is this a dish that could be frozen and then reheated? If so, would you reheat in a slow cooker or on the stove? Look forward to making it! 

  23. Made this today and family loved it. Will be making this again!

  24. This is very easy to make but i definitely needed to add a decent amount of salt and a little Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning to make sure it wasn’t too bland. 

  25. Just made this soup and it is one of the yummiest I have had in a while. I used the broccoli stalks as well as the flowers. It is full of flavour and nice and thick.

  26. Can you add directions for this for the instant pot? Thanks!!

    • Jennifer, I made this in the IP today. I chopped the onion, carrot, celery and garlic, and let them sautee on high for a few minutes while I chopped the broccoli. Then I added the broccoli and chicken broth and pressure cooked for 10 minutes. After releasing the pressure, I then added the milk and cheese and sour cream, then mixed everything with my immersion blender.

  27. My husband recently had a heart attack and is on an extremely low sodium diet. What can I change in this recipe to reduce the sodium?

    • Julie Bowers, Find Herb-Ox sodium free chicken broth and beef broth. It comes dry in individual packets to make 8 oz of broth. You just mix it with hot water. It is 0g sodium and very flavorful. Cant live without it!! Some grocery stores carry it or you can order at Amazon in 50 pack box.

  28. Wow – this was super easy to make and very tasty. I added a little seasoned salt to serve. Didn’t have any sour cream, so used fat free Greek yogurt. 

  29. I made this recipe on a cold and rainy spring day and it was perfect.  I used frozen broccoli and had great luck.  Color was vibrant and it tasted great.  I also subbed almond milk because that is what I had on hand and was happy with my results.

  30. Using lite Coconut milk, homemade soy yogurt in lieu of sour cream and just a little of the Daiya Cheddar Shreds to make it vegan plus relatively low carb.

  31. I loved this recipe! What is the calorie difference if I tried this with cauliflower

  32. Wonderful weekend soup! 

  33. delicious!!

  34. Will make this but leave out the carrot and onion and use cream to make this really low carb. Plan to use onion powder instead.

  35. Would this soup freeze well?

  36. Made this tonight and it was so quick, easy and absolutely delicious! I subbed Greek yogurt for the sour cream b/c that is what I had on hand and threw in a handful of struggling arugula for a little flavor boost. Turned out great. This will definitely go into my rotation. Came together in about 30 min, and it went perfect with roasted salmon. Easy healthy meal. Thanks!

  37. P. S. – I made it with cream for low carb. Did top it with cheese.

  38. I’ve had weight loss surgery so always looking for recipes that fit into my program. Love that you posted broccoli in ozs – and cups – but I prefer the ozs, know exactly how much I need. This recipe was more than delicious – it was Heavenly – made it last week and again this week. I belong to a 4 person card group, my turn is in April and this recipe is on the menu -thank you for this recipe. Love it, didn’t change a thing.

  39. I don’t have an immersion blender. Would a regular blender work just as well?

    • I would like to know the same!

    • I would think so, it just might take a little longer since you’d have to puree in batches vs. doing it all at once in the pot with the immersion blender. They both do the same thing 🙂

    • Don’t put it in hot, though,  cool it.  Whenever I see blender recipes they always say that.

    • “Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.”

  40. My whole family really enjoyed this! Even my super picky son ate 3 servings of this soup. One note, the recipe calls for 1 carrot, but I found that it actually took 4-5 medium/large sized carrots to equal the 2/3 cup the recipe also lists for carrots. I will definitely make this again! Thanks Gina!

  41. I just made this tonight for dinner, oh my golly it is so good – the only thing I ade was a little Spike seasoning at the end, it just needed something more and this did the trick, followed the recipe exactly, have been tasting this through the cooking. I have made a lot of recipes off the internet, I’m a post op patient 9 years after weight loss surgery – this is definitely a keeper, lots of recipes I”ve made off the internet sites, have been thrown down the sink, so disappointing – not this one – thank you for a delicious recipe, next Cauiliflower cheese soup with bacon from your site – can’t wait.

  42. This is, without a doubt, the BEST cream of broccoli soup recipe that I have made. Thanks so much for all your recipes….you make losing weight easier!!

  43. I’m completely confused by this.. if i put it into my WW calculator the points is 6 for one serving!! That’s crazy!!! What am I doing wrong???
    And.. mine didn’t have much flavor at all?? 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Are you using the recipe builder or entering the nutritional information? You should use the recipe builder. If you enter the nutritional information it will assign points to foods that are on the 0 point list.

  44. Made this last night for lunch for the week! It’s really great. I doubled the garlic (because I can’t help myself) and added salt. Bought some great crusty Italian bread and plan to sprinkle with some fresh parmesan. Can’t wait for lunch!

  45. Hello! Would you recommend doing the recipe in the Instant Pot?

  46. What makes the Carbs 796.5mg? Is that for the total recipe or per 4 servings?

  47. Received this recipe via email at 9:30 AM and had a pot on the stove by 11:)).
    I used Frozen Organic Brccoli from Costco and substituted Pepper Jack Cheese for the Sharp Cheddar based on what I had in my fridge. Also, I did not have any sour cream in the fridge.
    Lunch was delicious! 
    I can see where the sour cream would add to the texture and flavor palate. My soup needed a little boost which I supplied with a few drops of Sriracha.
    Delicious. 

  48. Can’t wait to make this!  AND PLEASE TELL ME WHERE TO BUY THE Wooden SPOON?

  49. Could you sub FF Greek yogurt for the sour cream?

  50. This soup is so good! no one in the family believes there is no cream in it. I am so happy I found this recipe, I love COB soup but never made it because it was so fattening. This one is a winner. I leave on the slowest of simmers after pureed and it thickens up so lusciously!!!

  51. Gina, does this soup really have 2770mg of salt per serving????

  52. This was delicious!!

  53. I would:
    1. skip the celery and replace it with a bit more broccoli.
    2. Use sharp cheddar.
    3. Add salt!

  54. The first time I made it was delicious. The second time
    I doubled the recipe it was watery ?

  55. Just made this and its DELISH! My 16 year old daughter LOVES it! Thank you for helping my family eat healthier!

  56. Yum!  I am kind of shocked that i could make such a delicious soup so easily!  I had a lot of left over  brocolli, no celery on hand, and no cheddar cheese. I increased the onion a bit and used pepper-jack instead of cheddar.   Turned out so good!  

  57. Can this be made in the slow cooker?

  58. Great recipe, thanks Gina!  I doubled it and am happy I did so we have some to freeze for another night.  

  59. I made the Cream Of Broccoli Soup and it was so easy & delicious! Thank you!

  60. Does anyone know if it is one stock of celery or one bunch?

  61. I am confused why this works out to 5 points…. I’m doing smart points and most of the items in this recipe are 0 points.

    • Debbie,
      I am cooking this right now. I make it often.
      As a fellow WW I wonder this too. The only points items are the following
      – 1/2 cup milk (2 percent)
      – 2 tbsp low fat sour cream
      – 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I calculated regular Colby shredded because thats what I have on hand)
      – 45 oz ff chicken stock
      If you add just these…. The total for the Whole Pot of soup is 15 SP.

  62. This is a very easy and very delicious soup!  I love your site!,

  63. This was absolutely delicious! It was a little watery so I had to simmer a little longer and added some Arrowroot to thicken a bit, I recalculated it for the new Smart Points and it came to 4, will definitely make again!

  64. This soup was wonderfully delicious and easy to put together. Never made a broccoli soup before. . Was even better the next day left over for lunch. Left out the sour cream because I didn’t have any and was still delicious. A must for cold winter nights and easy to put together after working all day. Thanks for this great easy recipe. A real keeper!

  65. Gina, can you freeze soups , or anything else that has milk , cream etc?

  66. This turned out delicious! I froze it in batches and it still turned out great. Light and fantastic flavour! Thanks

  67. What is this for Smart Points?

  68. Could sour cream be replaced by something else?

  69. I just made this soup today, OMG!! creamy, delicious , Best Broccoli soup ever. I did not add the cheese and still perfection!! Thank you so much
    Marianne

  70. Is this freezable? Never sure when sour cream or cream cheese or cream is used ? Tnx in advance to Anyone who knows the answer

  71. I'm sick and was craving some sort of broth-based soup so I made this tonight for dinner. It was easy and delicious. It hit the spot. Thanks Gina!

  72. Would this recipe work with cauliflower instead of broccoli?

  73. We made this tonight and it was delicious! Might add in a potato next time to make it more hearty.

  74. I love this website, and have tried many recipes. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I love this recipe. We follow all the directions…except, we don't puree it. I chop the veggies small, and we eat it like that. Super yummy, thanks again!

  75. I've made this so often!!! Extremely yummy and I've even added other veggies on hand. It's in our monthly rotation!

  76. I bought a huge bag of frozen broccoli florets and was looking for a soup to use them in, so this recipe was perfect! I replaced the sour cream with plain greek yogurt which is what I had on hand. Finally I used low sodium chicken broth and because of that, next time I will season it a little with salt since I didn't have the cheddar on hand either. Can't wait to try another one.

  77. Easy, fresh, great flavor, I love it.

  78. I tried it today along with 4 other recipes of yours, and I must say that Im in love 🙂 Thank you Gina. Kia

  79. The recipe says 1 celery. Do you mean a whole celery bunch, or one stalk? Sorry, a little confused.

  80. Great soup! I had a bunch of broccoli I needed to use up and thought of soup – and came on over to Skinnytaste to find a lightened up version. Of course I found this recipe and it turned out delish, as I expected. I was excited to get to use the veggie stock I made and froze recently. I also threw in some chopped mild green chiles for a little kick. As someone else suggested, I used yogurt instead of sour cream. Thanks Gina! You're amazing!

  81. Hi Gina,
    Found your website a week ago and I have it in a tab always open in my browser.

    So, this is the third soup of yours I tried. First the cream of zucchini, then the carrot and ginger and finally the broccoli today.

    I twicked them a little bit in the way that I used 3%fat natural yoghurt instead of sour cream and in today's soup I didn't put any milk, nor cheese and all of them still came out amazing.

    Keep the creams/soups of vegetables coming because your recipes are just great!!!!

    Sara

  82. Mine also comes up as 2pts…??? If you can please explain difference lol would love to figure it out …. Also I love your site… Keep up the great work

  83. Hi, I made this soup today and forgot the cheese but had put a couple of parmesan cheese rinds in to the soup. It was very tasty and good but I am questioning the WW points. I found the whole recipe was only 7 WW pts and I used lo salt chicken broth in the box. I found that 1 & 1/2 cups was only 2 ww pt not 5. How does this differ from the recipe? Curious.

  84. Sorry, (3) 15 oz cans!

  85. Excellent! But I agree–it came up as 3 points for me!

  86. I also am curious about what size cans for the fat free chicken broth.

  87. OH MY GOSH! This is such a yummy soup! I will definitely be making it again. Even my picky husband liked it!

  88. What size for the fat free chicken broth cans?

  89. I just made this. It turned out amazing. I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I'll definitely make it again!

  90. This was so good! Thanks. I did use skim milk b/c that's all we have and even left the cheese out. Yummy!

  91. I was wondering something. I put all of the ingredients into the recipe builder on the WW website and it says that it is only 3 pts per serving. I was wondering what you know that it doesn't. Thanks!!

  92. I've had success freezing all my soups.

  93. Have you ever tried freezing this soup? I'm trying to make healthy meals ahead of time, but I'm not sure how a creamy soup would freeze…

  94. Hi Gina – how does this taste without the cheese? Love your website!

  95. Hi Gina,
    I use your site quite often and love it! Just wondering if could please add the Point Plus value for this soup? It sounds so good and I would love to try it!
    Thank You!

  96. This looks great. Can you give me the new points plus? So glad I found this site!

  97. Hi Gina — What is the serving size, please? Thanks!

  98. @ Sarah, I'm really not sure how that would taste. I've never used buttermilk in my soup.

  99. Do you think I could sub the 2% milk for low fat buttermilk and get the same result? I've got buttermilk in the fridge that needs to be consumed!

    • +1 I’d love to use a lighter lactose alternative. Wondering your thoughts on using buttermilk/cream/alternative milk.

      • I’m no skinny person but am trying. I am a good cook though. Seems to me according to taste you could leave out the sour cream and 2% milk and add fat free buttermilk. If it’s too thick, add more broth or 2% milk. I don’t know what that would do to the numbers though.

  100. Just made it tonight it was delicious! Love your blog!

  101. This sounds good. I’ve made the broccoli cheese soup. I may have to try this one as well! Thanks for the recipe. I will bookmark you & return!

  102. I am so gladd I found this site – now if you look at what I cook, you will see why DD started witght watchers 3 weeks ago! I have been trying to cook lighter versions of what I am cooking for her, but your site will be great for me and her!