Smoked paprika and smoked Gouda give this broccoli-and-cheese soup recipe a double hit of smoky flavor. If you can't find smoked Gouda, smoked Cheddar gives delicious results as well.

Christine Burns Rudalevige
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut 1 1/2 cups bite-size broccoli florets and set aside. Coarsely chop the remaining broccoli.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add flour and paprika; stir to coat. Add broth and the chopped broccoli. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make croutons: Toss bread with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  • Puree the soup in a blender, in batches if necessary, or use an immersion blender. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Return the soup to the pan over low heat. Add cheese a little at a time, stirring constantly until it melts before adding more. Stir in the reserved broccoli florets. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they are bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar, salt and white pepper. Serve hot, topped with the croutons.

Nutrition Facts

316 calories; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 30.9g; dietary fiber 6.5g; sugars 6.2g; fat 15.7g; saturated fat 5.4g; cholesterol 24.2mg; vitamin a iu 1217.3IU; vitamin c 155.3mg; folate 157.1mcg; calcium 267.3mg; iron 2.7mg; magnesium 58mg; potassium 873.3mg; sodium 723.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
I didn t use the croutons but it was great just the same. I don't have an immersion blender and put too much in my Ninja. It went everywhere! I salvaged what was left and it was smooth creamy and delicious. I had been looking for a good Broccoli Soup recipe and this is a keeper. Thank you for sharing it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The first time I made this soup I followed the recipe exactly. It was DELICIOUS!. My granddaughter a picky eater asked for seconds and thirds. The next time I made it I didn't have enough broccoli but did have some cauliflower so I mixed the two and used Apple smoked cheddar cheese. It was just as big a hit with the family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is the first time I have tried this recipe and it was quite good. The only changes I made were using white wine in place of the vinegar and no croutons. My husband loved it also. It will be saved to my favorites for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Totally would make again the cheese was balanced Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this is delicious i just finished a bowl!! i only made 2 changes i omitted the croutons and i pureed all of the broccoli. i wasn't a fan of the chunky florets in the soup. it's amazing to get such a creamy consistency without using cream! the cheese and bit of flour do that nicely. i will most definately make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great! The only thing I did different was use the Better Than Boullion broth. I skipped the croutons. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! Made it as specified. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My Dutch husband lover of cheese really liked it. We had to use a different smoked cheese here in South Africa but right afterwards I did find a smoked Gouda of course. I didn't make the croutons but it was good without it. I thought it needed a bit more smoked paprika that I added at the end and tasted better the second day. My smoked paprika might need replacing as I think about it and that might help also. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This soup is fabulous! Great flavor and a silky texture. I will definitely make this again. Read More