This keto broccoli cheese soup recipe is so easy to make, low carb friendly, gluten free, full of cheesy cheddar flavor, and ready in under 30 minutes!
Here is another recipe that my family has been making for years. Maybe your family has their own version, too? I must say, though, this Broccoli Cheese Soup is nothing like my family has made. This one is keto and low carb friendly!
HOW TO MAKE KETO BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
To start on this soup we need to simmer the broccoli and carrots in the chicken broth. I used 4 cups of fresh broccoli that I chopped into bite size pieces, but you could use frozen if you like. We need to simmer the vegetables in the broth until they are fork tender.
Now it's time to add in the seasonings and the cheese. Let the liquid cool a bit before adding the cheese. Liquid above 150F will cause the cheese to not incorporate. Add in the cheese a handful at a time and let it melt completely before adding more.
As for the type of cheese, I like to use pre-shredded sharp cheddar. It incorporated into the soup perfectly.
After all of the cheese is incorporated, add in the heavy cream and cream cheese. Let that all melt in and your soup is ready!
Some other soup recipes you should definitely check out:
Leftover Steak Soup - You will want to make steak just for this beefy, mushroom and steak soup
Keto Tomato Soup - Made with Marinara sauce so it's ready in only 15 minutes
Cream of Cauliflower Soup - another creamy soup...this time with cauliflower!
Albondigas Soup - Another name for Mexican meatball soup...so packed with flavor.
Low Carb Chicken Soup - This one uses spaghetti squash as the noodles...genius!
The Best Keto Chili - I love chili but the beans are a no no on keto...I used extra meat in the recipe to make the chili extra hearty!
Cream of Mushroom Soup - So dreamy and creamy
Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup - Ready in 30 Minutes!
- 4 Cups Chicken broth
- 4 Cups Broccoli florets
- ½ Cup Shredded carrots
- ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Onion powder
- 4 Cups Shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 Cup Heavy cream
- 4 ounces Cream cheese
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- Add the chicken broth, broccoli, and carrots to a heavy bottom soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer until the vegetables are fork tender, about 6-8 minutes. Add in the garlic powder and onion powder.
- Let the liquid cool to below 150F before adding the cheese so it doesn't clump and sink to the bottom. Add in the cheese a handful at a time, making sure it is incorporated before adding more. When all of the cheese is incorporated, add in the heavy cream and the cream cheese.
- Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. The soup with thicken nicely as it sits. Serve with extra shredded cheese, if desired.
- I used 4 cups of fresh broccoli, but you could use frozen if you like.
- I like to use pre-shredded sharp cheddar. It incorporated into the soup perfectly.
- Let the liquid cool a bit before adding the cheese. Liquid above 150F will cause the cheese to not incorporate because it breaks down the protein bonds. Add in the cheese a handful at a time and let it melt completely before adding more.
Nutrition per serving
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy only. Please re-calculate on your own with the ingredients and amounts you used for the most accurate data.
I made this last night and it was perfect. I only made half a batch. I didnt use the preshredded cheese as I just shred my own. I printed this and added it to my keto recipe book.
Yummy soup!! Added crispy bacon and shredded cheese as a garnish..Yummy yummy
Berri webb says
I made this today and OMG it is Delicious! It was quick,easy and so good! Thank you Jennifer!
Janet Warriner says
Can this be frozen? No one else in my family eats low carb or keyo
I wouldn't freeze this because of the dairy
Excellent soup! Everybody in the house loved it and it was very easy to make. Only thing I did different was use real onions and garlic, sweated in the pot before adding the broth and broccoli.
I made tonight for our dinner and my family liked . I was able to finish cooking within 30 minutes.
Excellent! Made it in 15 minutes and with no xangtham gum!!!!
Why does this soup need cream cheese
To make it creamy
Stephanie W says
This is such a great soup! No need to go to Panera's now! Easy meal and everyone enjoyed it.
Do you have any suggestions on how this can be done in the slow cooker? We have late night game days during the week and I would love to have this soup ready when we hit the door. I was planning on using frozen broccoli.
LINDA SMITH says
Made for dinner tonight... delicious... only added 3 c of cheddar cheese and I put the cream cheese in first based on comments. Also used my immersion blender on the broccoli so it would be cream of broccoli... a keeper!
This is the best keto recipe I have ever tried!
Tastes delicious and easy to make
MYRNA NUSSBAUM says
RECIPE LOOKS EASY AND QUICK.CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT I CAN REPLACE HEAVY CREAM SINCE I AM ORGANIC PERSON THANKS
Debbie Harrison says
Loved the broccoli cheese soup! Yummy
Got it! It’s about a cup. Thank you!!
Awesome job once again. Thumbs up:)
This is wonderful! I made it in the crockpot with frozen broccoli. I reduced the chicken broth to 3 1/2 Cups. I cooked it on low for 4 hours. How long will leftovers keep in the fridge?
Probably a week
Jennifer Heidt says
Just made this and it’s fabulous! Thank you, I needed a comfort bowl of soup and this delivered.
How large is the serving size? 1 cup?
The above nutrition content is that per serving as it serves 8 or an overall amount for the whole dish
Could you add any meat to this? like maybe ham or chicken? Do you think it would be good that way?
I think ham or chicken would be really good!
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Patricia Robinson says
I see the recipe serves 8, but what is the size of 1 serving? I live alone and want to freeze the extra servings.
About 1 cup
Jennifer N says
Is it 8 carbs per 1 cup serving?
8 total carbs for 1/8th of the recipe
Made this last night for my lunches
So simple, so yummy!
Perfect wintery treat =)
BRIGITTE COFFMAN says
Want to try this. Have you tried in in IP?
BTW: What is that red pot you are cooking in? I love it. Plus that table top burner.
I don't think it would work in the IP because of all the dairy. The red pot is a Staub dutch oven. The burner is a Duxtop
I have that same beautiful pot in teal
I made this recipe but my cheese turned into little curds and never melted what did I do wrong
Did you use pre-shredded cheese or shred the cheese yourself? Pre-shredded is what has worked for me and adding the cheese a little at a time.
Just made this, came out great.
The cream cheese does take a while to melt.
Stephen Faber says
I made the soup according to the recipe instructions. After adding the heavy cream and cream cheese, the cream cheese would not melt. Do you have any reason for that?
How much time did you give it to melt?
I had the same issue. Next time I'm going to add to cream cheese first because I think the heavy whipping cream cooled the soup down too much and it didn't allow the cream cheese to melt.
Great soup! Try nuking the cream cheese for 30 second intervals (or less) in the microwave until softer or leave out at room temp. before using. This will reduce the "melt" time considerably.
Victoria Catt says
Enjoying your recipes so much. Thank you for sharing its so appreciated. Its so nice to be able to go to the grocery store and not a health food store to purchase the ingrediates. Your meals are so darn good!
That is my goal with my recipes and I am so glad you hear that!