5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup

November 16, 2013 by Ali

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We’ve reached the end of 5-Ingredient Soup Week here at Gimme Some Oven. And let me tell you, it has been delicious!

In case you missed it, we ladled up some black bean soup, potato soup, easy chili, and tomato soup, all made of course with just 5 tasty ingredients each. But today we conclude the series with a creamy and healthier take on a classic — 5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup.

I have to admit that I only recently developed a taste for this classic, having avoided it for years due to copious amounts of Velveeta and a not-so-fondness for broccoli. But this recipe is happily processed-cheese-free (just use regular cheddar!). And I’m slowly coming around on learning to like those little trees in my soup. I also included one of my healthier tricks for making the soup creamy, so read below to learn the magic five ingredients for this recipe!

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Ok, ok, actually the ingredients for this 5-ingredient broccoli cheese soup are pretty straightforward. You need:

  • broccoli (fresh or frozen)
  • a small onion
  • evaporated milk (my favorite healthier alternative to heavy cream)
  • chicken stock (or vegetable stock to make this vegetarian)
  • cheddar cheese (I recommend using sharp for more flavor. Also, some brands of pre-shredded cheddar cheese melt more easily than others. To play it safe, I actually recommend buying a block of cheddar and shredding it yourself. But I do find that Kraft’s shredded cheddar melts well consistently.)

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This recipe really couldn’t be easier. You literally toss all five ingredients together in a saucepan…

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…and slowly bring them to a simmer (not a boil), and cook until the onions are soft. Then this delicious soup is ready to go in no time.

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

I was amazed at how those five simple ingredients really do provide plenty of flavor. I will note that the soup is a little on the thin side. So if you want to thicken it, you are welcome to create a roux beforehand by heating 1 tablespoon each of butter and flour together in the saucepan, and stirring them for a minute until the flour is cooked and slightly golden. Then whisk in the chicken stock, and then add in the remaining ingredients and follow the recipe as indicated. If you prefer a pureed broccoli cheese soup instead of chunky, feel free to blend it using an immersion or traditional blender.

Other than that, this recipe is pretty straightforward. And if I do say so myself, it’s delicious!!

Thanks for tuning in for a week of so many soup recipes. We’ll move onto another culinary topic next week, I promise!

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

***UPDATE: Directions have been edited since the initial posting. A number of readers were having problems with the soup curdling. I re-tested the recipe a handful of times, and never had my cheese curdle. But this updated method should be more foolproof, just stirring the cheese in at the very end off the heat.

5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: About 2-4 servings


  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • 1 small white onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (**see note below**)


Stir together stock, diced onion and broccoli in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Stir in the evaporated milk and continue cooking for 3 minutes or until the mixture returns to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.

Season soup with salt and pepper if needed.

Serve warm.

**As I said above, some brands of shredded cheese melt more easily than others. To play it safe, I recommend buying a block of cheddar and shredding it yourself just before adding in the cheese. But I used Kraft brand for this recipe, and it melted perfectly!**

Be sure to check out my other 5-ingredient soup recipes too!

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- just five simple ingredients, and this delicious soup is ready to go in 20 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe

5-Ingredient Tomato Soup Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

5-Ingredient Tomato Soup Recipe

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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54 thoughts on “5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. Turned out delicious

    - Susie

  2. I usually don’t leave reviews but I had to thank you for this easy and delicious recipe. Thanks!

    - Jessica

  3. Just made this recipe and it is delicious!!! It’s not super thick (which is fine, there are suggestions to thicken it that would probably work great) but it has that wonder flavor of broccoli/cheddar soup and is wonderfully light. I used vegetable brooth. I used store brand sharp shredded cheddar and had no problems. Removed it from the heat, slowly stirred in the cheddar and it blended beautifully. Great recipe-thanks!!!

    - Susanne

  4. Thanks for the tips on how to stop the cheese from becoming a globular mess. On the other hand….we ate it…cheese curdled and all. It was delicious :-)

    - Charlotte

  5. Can you sub regular milk instead of evaporated?

    - Shannon

  6. Can you use chicken broth instead of stock? The only “stock” I have is in little packages so 3 cups is impossible.

    - Whitney

  7. How did this reheat? Anyone have any luck? I like making big batches for lunch for the whole week.

    - Paulette

  8. Thank you for delicious recipe! I followed the recipe with the exception that I blended it at the end so it was smooth. This is definitely a keeper! :)

    - Jennifer

  9. I made this & it was delicious! Only thing I didn’t have enough cream…threw in a can of cream of celery soup! It was wonderful!

    - Tonda

  10. I followed the directions except for adding the cheese. I bought finely shredded great value brand and added that last. Removed the pot from heat and slowly added the cheese until it was all melted and mixed. Found the soup ended up being thicker this way too. Turned out great!

    - Cyndi

  11. Can’t wait to try this out, looks yummy ;)

    - Kelly

  12. We are having this tonight. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for your hard work.

    - Martha

  13. This is so easy and so delicious. I live in Louisiana and like things kicked up a notch, so I added a little cayenne powder. Yum!

    - Ana K

  14. Hi, I just made this – it didn’t turn out well – but I was able to save it. (I don’t blame the recipe or the author, since I made some edits and didn’t know about keeping the heat low.)

    Here’s what I did:
    Sauteed some chopped onion, grated carrots and chopped mushrooms in garlic oil. Added the vegetable broth. Added 1 can of low-fat evaporated milk (which turned out to be 12 oz, so I added a bit of soy milk) Then I added two types of shredded cheddar cheese and then the broccoli and set on a low boil.

    Here’s what happened:
    It started to smell a bit sour, but I wasn’t sure if that’s what curdling meant. But then I saw the cheese become kind of chunky and the milky broth was a weird color so I knew something was wrong.

    Here’s How I fixed it:
    I saw online some sites said to whisk in some lemon juice. That didn’t help.

    So I started over.

    I made a roux – I don’t know the measurements, I just know how to make it – melted butter, add flour gradually, once that’s mixed in and getting thick, add milk, gradually. It’ll get thick then thin out. I added a good amount of milk until I had a sauce, then I slowly added cheese. All the time the heat was on 2 on my burner.

    Then I spooned out the veggies from my other pot with a little broth and blended them up. I added that bit by bit to my cheese sauce, whisking it along. Then I had a relatively creamy broccoli cheese soup.

    I quickly boiled some extra carrots and broccoli in veg broth, drained them, then poured them into the soup and let it sit a bit on low heat.

    Turned out delish.

    - Neesh

  15. One trick for fixing a curdled cheese sauce (for it is heartbreaking when a cheese sauce breaks) is to use an immersion blender and blend it smooth. I broke a mac and cheese sauce by getting it too hot and saved it with my stick blender. It won’t be prefect, but it can be the difference in edible and not.

    - Aimee

  16. I saw the comments about the cheese curdling. Try slowly heating the stock and evap milk and/or roux. Then add the cheese and allow it to melt on medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted, add the other ingredients to your cheese sauce. That will keep the cheese from curdling and create a smoother texture. To be fair, Ali did warn not to let it get to hot to avoid curdling. Hope yours turns out delicious!

    - Jennifer McKinney

    • I made two batches at the same time. Made them exactly alike–homemade veggie stock, onion, broccoli, evaporated milk and kraft shredded cheese. One pot curdled and one pot was perfect. Go figure!

      - Rozz

  17. Absolutely delicious! Added cheese after the 15 minute simmer and whisked it in until it was melted-no curdling here!

    - gina

  18. Made this tonight! In previous comments, I see people had troubles with the cheese curdling. I suggest using the new shredded cheese by Velveeta (called “Velveeta Shreds”). It melted perfectly, and the soup turned out great! Thanks for this quick and easy recipe!

    - BrittanyJoh

  19. The cheese curdled and the soup was super thin. Almost impossible to get it warm enough to soften the broccoli and onions without curdling the cheese. Wouldn’t recommend.

    - Katy

  20. Amazing recipe :D we had this tonight was very yummy! Will definitely make it again. WE didn’t put the cheese in until the end though, melted quickly and was so yummy!

    - Amanda Fowler

  21. The recipe seemed to be coming together and then it curled. Not sure what I did wrong. Unfortunate because it smelled great :(

    - katie

  22. I love practically “anything” with broccoli…so I’m planning to try this recipe! Thanks!

    - Rhonda

  23. this recipe is BS, no matter what the cheese curdles.

    - eric

  24. Hi Ali,

    My friends and I have had the same problem with the cheese curdling, and we found that the cheaper brands(store brands such as walmart great value, shoprite, pricechopper etc) of cheeses work best when making soups or mac and cheese in the crockpot. For some reason when using these brands everything comes out perfect everytime.

    - Amy

  25. Can this be frozen? It is delicious.

    - Jeannie

  26. I love this, I have all of this in my house already :) it looks so comforting!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  27. All of these 5-ingredient soups look so good! Thank you!

    - Carrie

  28. My cheese curdled! :( What gives? Followed the recipe and even shredded my own cheese. Any tips would be appreciated :)

    - Jenni

    • Hi…this happened to me too, so I asked my friend who is a chef. She said the cheese will curdle if the soup is too hot. Never boil or get too hot. Make sure to only “simmer” it and take it off the heat when adding the cheese. Whisk constantly while adding the cheese. Also just a note, “sharp” cheddar seems to curdle very easily. Try using mild cheddar, jack, etc. I tried it again and it worked perfectly. Good luck!

      - Tia Elizabeth

  29. Can you over cook this? Could it be made in the crock pot instead of the stove? How would you recommend doing this? I assume on low…but for how long? Thank you! :)

    - Sidonie H.

  30. So good and easy. Though it might have ruined the point of five ingredients, I added a few cups of cooked rice right before adding the cheese. Perfectly delicious..

    - Rachel

  31. Love this recipe Ali! I can definitely get on board the 5 ingredient soup train :D and you can’t beat a good broccoli cheese soup! Pinning! :)

    - Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

  32. Maybe your next series could be about what sides (such as bread) to have with these simple soups. Enjoyed this series, keep them coming!

    - Buck Weber

  33. I was SO looking forward to this soup! Then I made it and followed the directions to a T– and my shredded cheese curdled :(:( wrecked the recipe. I don’t know what I did wrong?

    - Liz

  34. 5?.. like on one hand 5? Amazing, I could even do this, or my kids!

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  35. Sounds so yummy! I’m going to share this on Facebook today..the world needs to know about it:).

    - Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

  36. I have really enjoyed these soup recipes!! Soup doesn’t have to be complicated!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  37. Broccoli cheddar is my all time favorite. I love the combo of broccoli and cheddar. This looks awesome, Ali!

    - Tieghan

  38. I love broccoli! I’ll try this recipe when I have the time. Thank you!

    - Nadia

  39. This soup is straight up exciting! I love broccoli and cheese soup!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  40. I made this and used skim milk instead of condensed, used a bit less chicken stock, then added some quinoa which thickened it up a bit and added a nice texture. So easy and YUM!

    - Kristin

  41. Thank you for this series; it’s nice to be reminded how few ingredients are really needed to make a comforting dish.

    I’m planning on making your potato soup tonight or tomorrow. Because I’m like cookie monster for potatoes, and it looks just right for this weather.

    - CAH // TheCarboholic