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Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe [Gluten-free]

This Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe is supremely flavorful and comforting. It’s easily done in 30 minutes, and happens to be gluten-free. Your people will quickly gather around a pot of this cozy soup.

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Easy, Comforting Broccoli Cheese Soup

At first glance, Broccoli Cheese Soup appears almost too simple and humble to be worth a second look.

At least, that’s what I used to think in all my folly. I totally missed out on massive broccoli cheese soup deliciousness for too many years. One day I noticed some friends repeatedly ordering broccoli cheese soup on our lunch dates. That naturally meant I had to taste this luscious soup for myself.

Of course, that also means I had to rush back to my kitchen and recreate a recipe that would be just as good [if not even better] than restaurant versions.

It took a few tries to get the consistency and flavor just right, but once we hit the jackpot…we were instantly smitten. 💖

I’ve been faithfully making up for all those years without broccoli cheddar soup in my life and will happily continue the trend. There’s truly no turning back once you’ve tasted the steamy, velvety, savory goodness of this easy 30-minute soup in all its glory…

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Naturally creamy yet Gluten-Free

More and more of my friends are either vegetarian or gluten-free. Though I’m neither of those things, I’ve been making dishes that my vegetarian and gluten-free friends can thoroughly enjoy. This easy broccoli cheddar soup recipe is a winning victory with everyone. Women, men, kids, teens…everyone devoured this creamy cheesy goodness.

After much experimenting, I settled on thickening this broccoli cheddar soup with dissolved cornstarch, which means there’s no messing with the typical flour-butter-roux. Yes, applauses all around would be very appropriate.

This soup is rich and dreamy without much elbow grease at all. You don’t even have to chop veggies with this recipe. We opt for frozen broccoli floret, pre-cut matchstick carrots, and even pre-chopped onions if your grocery store carries it. This is the spectacular broccoli cheese soup that takes only 30 minutes from stove to table.

All your hungry people won’t be mad about that at all.

Grab a blanket and cozy up to the best broccoli cheese soup that’s ever hugged your bowl. Enjoy.

Love this soup? Try my shrimp bisque for more creamy flavors!

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A Bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup

Best Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe [Gluten-free]

4.70 from 10 ratings
This Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe is supremely flavorful and comforting. It's easily done in 30 minutes, and happens to be gluten-free. Your people will quickly gather around a pot of this cozy soup.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong


  • 4 TB salted butter
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp tarragon
  • 1 cup precut matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup half & half, or heavy cream
  • 4 cup good quality vegetable broth
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 4 TB cornstarch, dissolved in 4 TB water
  • 5 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated and lightly packed
  • Optional: extra broccoli florets and grated cheese for topping, breads or crackers (GF if desired) for dipping


  • In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring 2-3 minutes until tender. Add tarragon and carrots, and stir 3-4 minutes. Gently stir in the half & half, vegetable broth, bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, immediately stir in the fully dissolved cornstarch and keep stirring until mixture thickens (if you want it even thicker, add another 1-2 TB of dissolved cornstarch.)
  • Add broccoli florets, 1 tsp kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes uncovered. Pick out bay leaves and carefully place Dutch oven in empty sink, to make it easy to blend without mess. Using an immersion blender, carefully blend the soup a little at a time, just until soup reaches desired texture with some chunkiness; go slowly, as this soup can easily turn into puree.
  • Place pot back on stove over medium heat. Add freshly shredded cheese and stir just until melted. Serve with additional broccoli florets and/or cheese for garnish, if desired. Serve with crusty bread (GF optional) if desired. Leftovers keep well covered in fridge.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1225mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4139IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 478mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: soup
Method: Stovetop

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    • Alana
    • 5 stars

    Made this tonight and it was soo yummy! The whole family loved it. We followed the recipe exactly and served with bread for the kiddos. A quick, easy, and delicious recipe that will be in our rotation! Thanks for sharing.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Alana! So happy they all loved this 🙂

    • Moments Inspire

    This looks amazingly delicious and I might have to add this to my recipes to try….thank you for sharing.

    • Tiffany Yong

    As I read more blogs, I realised there’s so many people who can’t take gluten! thanks for sharing this gluten free recipe~ it will definitely help those people out there who needs it!

    • Garrile Blog

    Oh my god, that looks amazing! I usually love vegetable soup, so I’m wondering how tthis one would be minus the cheese hehehehehe

    • Lisa Rios

    Broccoli and cheese are a totally winning combination! This looks like a great soup.

    • NicoleShillings

    Mmm! I LOVE broccoli soup. It’s just like a hug in a bowl. This looks fantastic.

    • Stephanie Jeannot

    I had to save this recipe because it looks so good and I hope to try to make it sometime this weekend. Yummy!

    • Elizabeth O

    Wow wow wow this looks absolutely incredible! Thank you for sharing the recipe I will be saving this to try. Yum yum!

    • Path of Presence (@pathofpresence)

    I can already see this as a favorite in my household! Thanks for the recipe and showing me how easy it is to make! xo Evelyn

    • Kelley

    Broccoli soup is, hands down, one of my favourites – I’ll have to try adding bay leaves in my next batch. Deliciousness!

    • adstanfield25

    This broccoli cheddar soup looks sooo good, and I love the spices included in the recipe! I am going to pin and try this recipe out this weekend. Now I wont have to go to Panera Bread for my soup fix!

    • Ayana Christine Nell

    I love that it only takes 30 minutes! The less prep time, the better! It looks SO good…perfect for these cooler days!

    • Erica Swedish

    I am one of those weird people that never really got used to the taste of broccoli. I know it’s good for me, I force myself to eat it every now and then.

    • Monique Elise

    It’s been ages since I’ve had broccoli and cheese soup! This recipe sounds delicious.

    • Cheryl Loane

    I literally just read the title and my mouth started to water! Your broccoli cheese soup looks AMAZING! I definitely have to try this one – it being gluten free makes it so much better too! Your winter comfort soups look fab also – so hearty and healthy looking.

    • Alicia Taylor at

    Broccoli and cheese soup is one of my favorites – and my husband loves when I make it. I like to put a little nutmeg in mine 🙂 Your recipe looks tasty.

    • Megan B

    Sooo I need to try this like, right this second.

    • Emily Fata

    Broccoli cheese soup is my favourite soup of all time! Seeing your recipe has made me crave it — I think that means I’ll have to make it tonight. I’m going to try out your recipe this time 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you love it, Emily 🙂

    • Amy-Lynn Vautour

    thank you for posting this. i have stomach issues which require me to go on liquid and soft food diets at times and I usually just stick with canned soup. i don’t like the idea of what might be in those cans, though. so thank you for this amazing looking recipe for my literal favorite flavor.


      • chewoutloud

      Hope things with your stomach improve, Amy…it’s so hard to have to go on liquids. I’m so glad this is your favorite flavor! You’re right, homemade is so much healthier than storebought.

    • Sjay

    I haven’t had broccoli soup in a long time, but I never taste gluten free one before. I’m have to try this out for dinner tomorrow!

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