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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup – Calling all Panera broccoli cheese soup lovers! I’m popping in with a healthy recipe for an easy Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup that takes less than 10 minutes to prep. This is one of the best crock pot recipes to make you feel just as warm and toasty as the Panera original.

white bowl of Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup garnished with shredded cheddar cheese

This easy slow cooker broccoli cheese soup recipe is perfect when you are in need of a healthy meal but have zero time to cook it, a position I find myself in often, and I suspect you do too.

A Quicker, Easier Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Nearly every broccoli and cheese soup recipe I’ve found calls for the initial step of making a base cheese sauce on the stove, including recipes designed for the crock pot.

Because I know we don’t always have time to fuss with this kind of prep, I decided to see if I could create a slow cooker broccoli and cheese soup entirely via the “dump and go” method: dump the ingredients into your crock pot; walk away; return hours later to a dinner that’s ready to serve.

the fresh ingredients in a slow cooker needed to make slow cooker broccoli cheese soup

I almost made it.

Although you can skip the cheese sauce, and I’d still bet my last spoonful that this is the easiest broccoli and cheese soup recipe you’ll find, you do need to blend the soup with an immersion blender or food processor prior to serving.

It’s a small extra step that’s well worth the effort for the texture and body it provides.

The flavor of this soup is a dead-ringer for Panera’s broccoli cheese soup, and although its texture is a bit thinner than I’d originally envisioned (a result of skipping that fussy cheese sauce base), I still found it to be plenty cheesy and satisfying.

a white soup bowl filled with Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup

If you love broccoli cheese soups like this, make sure to try this Broccoli Cauliflower Soup too!

More Comforting Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

2 white soup bowls of broccoli cheese soup made in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup

4.16 from 72 votes
The most easy and healthy recipe for Broccoli and Cheese Soup you’ll find! Made with lots of fresh veggies, cheddar, and your crock pot does all the work.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 4 hours 15 minutes
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups chopped broccoli florets about 16 ounces
  • 1 cup grated carrots, you can grate yourself or use bagged, pre-cut julienne carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese do not use fat free
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 can 2% evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated* (1 block)

Instructions
 

  • Place the broccoli, carrots, onion, and garlic in the bottom of 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Top with the cream cheese, oregano, nutmeg, and chicken broth. Stir to evenly distribute the ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours, until the broccoli is tender.
  • Remove the lid and stir in the evaporated milk. With an immersion blender, puree about 3/4 of the soup, so that it is mostly smooth but still has a few chunks of broccoli remaining. Alternatively, you can puree the soup in 1 cup-sized batches in a food processor or blender. (Be careful—it’s hot and prone to splatter!)
  • Recover the soup and let cook on low for 10 minutes until warmed through. Stir the salt, pepper, and grated cheese. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired. Recover and cook on high until the cheese is fully melted and the soup is hot, about 5 additional minutes. Serve warm.

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Notes

The type of cheese you use is very important to this recipe. I highly advise grating your own from the block, as many brands of pre-grated, bagged cheese are coated with starch to prevent sticking. While convenient, this starch can prevent the cheese from melting smoothly. I also recommend using regular, not light cheese for this reason—reduced fat cheese sometimes does not melt as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 6 (about 1 1/2 cups)Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 16gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 806mgFiber: 1g

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Absolutely disgusting. I followed the recommended “cook on high for 2 hours”, because who does love eating a bowl of flavorless raw carrots and onion? I had to cook the remaining ingredients for an additional 2 hours on high including adding more cream cheese and tons of spices for a little more flavor. Would not recommend1 star

    1. Hi Whitney, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with the recipe. The method and timing has worked well for myself (and others) but I know how frustrating it can be to try a new recipe and not have it work out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  2. This is not yummy!! Followed instructions to a T and I’m a dang good cook.. This was Not Good.. now what am I gonna do for dinner 😂😂😒1 star

    1. I’m sorry to hear that it wasn’t to your taste, Tara. The recipe has worked well for myself (and others) but I know how frustrating it can be to try a new recipe and not have it work out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  3. This was not good. My family wouldn’t eat it. It had too strong a taste of nutmeg. This was a huge disappointment.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that this recipe wasn’t to your tastes, Nj. I (and many other readers) have really enjoyed the flavors in this dish, so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

  4. I was really looking forward to this soup. It is a lower calorie version of one of my favorites. However, it was so gross. It never got creamy. It was watery with weird pureed chunks of veggies.1 star

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe, Andrea. I know it can be so disappointing to try a new recipe and it not turn out for you. It has worked well for myself (and others) and I wished it would of been a hit for you too.

  5. We have made this recipe several times and each time it was delicious. The only ingredient I add is fresh rosemary. I believe it takes the recipe one step higher. I do use a sharp cheddar block of cheese and of course freshly grated pepper. I like serving the soup in a bread bowl. I strongly recommend this recipe. It is absolutely delicious and super easy to cook.5 stars

  6. This was so gross. I couldn’t make myself eat it. There is an overwhelming taste of oregano and once you put too much in, it destroys the whole dish.1 star

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe Lauren. Typically a teaspoon is just enough to flavor it but doesn’t normally overpower the dish. Maybe it was the brand used?

  7. Can this slowcooker
    Broccoli cheddar soup be canned? Im by myself, and canning is a great way to put soups in portion sizes, to have when you want soup, for/ with dinner, and especially when one is by themselves.
    Thanks, Karen
    Grannyredhat67@gmail.com

    1. Hi Karen, I am not sure because I do not have any experience with canning. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

  8. Just made this. It was very good. Added a
    tablespoon of cornstarch when I added the cheese to thicken it up a bit. Very pleased with how it turned out.5 stars

  9. Very delicious and easy! I did add 2 TBSP of cornstarch and milk that I whisked together then whisked into the soup. Just for a little added thickness. Thanks so much for the recipe. Will definitely make again!5 stars

  10. I wouldn’t make this again. The flavor is ok but the texture is awful. Thank you for sharing though. As much as we like something it isn’t for everyone. We can only try I guess!!

    1. I’m sorry the texture wasn’t as expected, Diane. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed it, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! Thank you for giving it a try!

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