Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Chowder is comfort food at its finest…made from scratch quickly and easily in 30 minutes.

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Chowder is comfort food at its finest! ~

This sublime warming soup is made with lots of fresh broccoli (no frozen mushy stuff, please), yukon gold potatoes, and sweet onion.  There’s a light creamy broth, a good amount of sharp cheddar cheese, and a few special ingredients that, at least for me, make it a personal favorite.  It’s patterned after my beloved Corn and Cheddar Cheese Chowder.

Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Chowder is a warm and comforting meal that everybody loves! ~

This Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Chowder is a quick soup that can be ready in 30 minutes, if you’re organized.  I saute chopped onions in butter for several minutes, and then stir in flour to make a roux.  I add the first of the secret ingredients ~ white wine ~ to the pan and then some half and half.  While this is going on, the chopped broccoli gets a splash of water and 3 minutes in the microwave ~ it comes out perfectly tender but not mushy.  I briefly boil chopped Yukon gold potatoes with a bay leaf, cumin seeds, and ground sage, three more of my secret ingredients.  The flavor combination is unique and wonderful.

TIP: Don’t throw away the broccoli stems, they’re delicious.  I chop them up and saute them with the onions.

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Chowder is a wonderfully comforting meal made in 30 minutes! ~

Once everything is combined I add the last secret ingredient, a good sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.  The flavor is subtle but sets off the creamy soup perfectly.  I pull the pan off the heat and whisk in the cheese to finish it off.

TIP: Which cheese to choose?  You can use white or yellow cheddar, sharp or mild.  I like to use fully flavored aged cheddar, but it doesn’t melt as smoothly as a milder cheese…you’ll need to decide whether flavor or texture is more important to you.

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Chowder is a quick and easy comforting meal ~

TIP: This soup actually improves overnight, but you have to reheat it gently so you don’t curdle the cheese.  Set it, covered, on the stove over super low heat and stir it every so often while it comes up to temperature.  Don’t rush it.

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Chowder

Yield: serves 6

Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Chowder


  • 1 lb broccoli, chopped into 1/2 pieces, florets, and stems
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes, washed and diced (don't peel)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • a splash (1/4 cup) white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus more for garnish


  1. Put the broccoli florets (not the stems) in a microwave safe bowl and add 3 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Set aside
  2. Melt the butter in a stock pot and saute the onions and chopped broccoli stems for about 7 minutes until softened but not browned.
  3. Meanwhile put the potatoes, bay leaves, cumin seeds and sage in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Don't over cook them.
  4. Add the flour to the onions and cook, stirring, for one minute. Add the wine to the pan and stir to combine everything. Stir in the half and half and chicken stock. Add the potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of their cooking water, along with the broccoli.
  5. Bring everything up to a simmer and cook gently for about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the soup is smooth.
  7. Ladle into bowls and serve with some additional cheese for garnish.


  • If you love creamy chowders, you will probably also love my Shrimp Bisque.  It has a wonderful flavor because I made the stock using the shrimp shells.

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Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Chowder is a warm and comforting 30 minute meal! ~


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19 Responses to Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Chowder

  1. manu says:

    Oh this soup is delicious and perfect for Autumn.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alexandra says:

    This is a so very good chowder Sue. Just made it last night -when the wind was so strong thought the whole house were to take off- and it was such a success! My husband and I had it for dinner again earlier today and yes! you are right – next day is even better. I only added light cream for a bit of respect to our cholesterols…..

  3. Oh yes, this is the ultimate bowl of comfort! Love that touch of nutmeg too – it makes all the difference!

  4. LOL, I don’t like the mushy frozen stuff either, Sue. And I’m definitely a fan of sharp cheddar. I use the broccoli stems as well and when I use them raw in salads, I peel them first so they’re a little softer – loads of nutrients in those things!
    This chowder is so fabulous. We’re both on a chowder kick this week! Hope your weekend is fabulous :)

  5. Margaret says:

    I assume the florets are added in step five…

  6. Adina says:

    I made something similar this week, just differently spiced, it was so delicious! I will try the cumin and nutmeg next time. Love that flowery bowl!

  7. Mmmm I love how the Autumn brings all these lovely warming dishes upon the blogs :D This chowder looks amazing! x

  8. Bharat ratna says:

    This looks fantastic!! I want a cupful today. <3

  9. Wow this is the perfect time for a creamy soup like this broccoli and cheese – Love it !! And love the chowder idea – :)

  10. It’s cool, cloudy and a bit dreary here today. This wonderful looking soup would be fantastic. Sage is a wonderful addition!

  11. Broccoli and cheddar cheese is a wonderful combo! I’ve had the two in soup before, but have never made one. Love the idea of a chowder! Really good — thanks.

  12. Beautiful! I think a comforting soup is definitely in order today ;)

  13. Summer says:

    This is so rich and looks so tasty ?

  14. My favorite creamy soup! This sounds and looks like a great recipe. Love the addition of sage and wine. Pinning :)

  15. So creamy, comforting and flavourful….absolutely perfect, Sue.

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