The Best Broccoli Soup You’ll Ever Have

Alex loves loves loves soup, and he always orders it at restaurants. (It’s like his thing.) So when Momfilter wrote about this delicious broccoli soup that kids also beg for, we knew we had to try it (wouldn’t it be perfect for winter lunches?)…

The Best Broccoli Soup You’ll Ever Have
Recipe by Ariel, written by Yolanda Edwards

Our friend Ariel makes the most delicious broccoli soup which our daughter inhaled (and keeps asking for). When I asked Ariel for the recipe, she said she wings it every time, depending on how much she has on hand, but here’s her very loosey-goosey recipe.

Recipe: Ariel’s Broccoli Soup

You’ll need:
1 onion
1 carrot
Olive oil
2 cups chopped potatoes
Lots of broccoli florets
Cauliflower florets (optional)
Vegetable stock
Salt, pepper, cumin
Grated parmesan or cheddar (optional)

Sauté 1 chopped onion and 1 large carrot in butter and a bit of olive oil. Add peeled potatoes that are quartered or eighthed depending on size of potato, resulting in 2 cups of chopped potatoes. Add broccoli florets and cauliflower if you like, loads of them. Add good quality vegetable stock (I like the Knorr pots). Top up with water so all ingredients are submerged. Add salt, pepper and a touch of cumin.

Simmer for 20 minutes. Puree in food processor. Serve with grated parmesan or cheddar on top.
Delicious! Thank you so much, Ariel and Yolanda.

P.S. More best recipes, including tomato soup and French vinaigrette. And the perfect winter lunch

(Photos by Rachel for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Shoko for help with this series)

  1. Kini123 says...

    I used chicken stock and replaced 1 carrot with parsnip (all I had left in the fridge). no cauliflower required. Just 1 decent sized broccoli. Used cumin 2tsp. It was delicious – so easy and so tasty…thanks

  2. Cheesesteak says...

    REALLY good with some Jalapeno Velvetta thrown in too.

  3. ginia says...

    The key is the amount of stock you add to the soup. I had a ridiculous amount of broccoli. Covering them completely did result in a bland soup. I had to boil it off for a couple hours and did add 3 garlic cloves, 3Tbs of cumin, 1/3 cup olive oil, lots of cracked pepper and 1 1/2 Tbs of Sea Salt(home made vegetable stock, no salt). I then blended it as it stated in the recipe and added fresh graded parmesan cheese! We ate it with a crusty whole grain baguette. It was delicious! My only change to the recipe was the garlic. Everything else I added was just a larger quantity of ingredients already listed in the original recipe to compensate for all the broccoli I used.

  4. Amanda says...

    After reading a few comments about the soup being bland, I roasted the potatoes and cauliflower first before following the rest of the directions. The flavor was great! I highly recommend it!

  5. This is it. I love the convenience of a one-dish meal simmering on the stovetop.

  6. Thanks for the recipe. It is the best soup :-)

  7. For people who think it’s bland, add salt and pepper. Lots. Then magic.

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  9. This was very good and soooo easy. Followed the recipe and it was delicious. Would definitely make again.

  10. Love the use of potatoes instead of cream or flour to thicken. Much healthier and yummier. Thanks for the recipe x

  11. i love the combination of this soup. I will definitely be trying it soon! thanks for sharing. I also like watchingvideos for cooking recipes, can you add videos on you blog..thanks

  12. Use only the Crowns for a Hearty Taste…. Microwave Broccoli with a bit of water and try Chicken Soup Base…. If you like broccoli you will
    Love this Soup !!

  13. Ok, just made this. Added stock and then enough water “to cover the vegetables”… it’s way too watery! Trying to boil it down right now. But it is quite bland, and I typically like soup! :( I’ll be attempting to doctor it.

  14. Husband just read that and said, “What! I really like it. It just needed a turkey leg or something with it.” So there you go.

  15. My baby loved it…Quite bland for me and my husband. Disappointing!

  16. I just made this. It’s EXTREMELY bland. I can’t even finish half of one bowl. Sorry, J, but I want to let everyone else know before they spend the time making it. :(

  17. I just gave this a go and while I like it I’d recommend being conservative with the water to match the texture above. I’d also say it’s better to let the potatoes cook a while and add the broccoli after several minutes so you get that nice bright green. Mine turned out more of a pea soup color.

    I could see where most people would find this bland. I don’t eat dairy so this was a good alternative to a creamy broccoli soup.

    • We had this tonight and really enjoyed it.

      That said, I agree about using less water, and also about letting the potatoes and other veggies cook a little before adding the broccoli and cauliflower. After pureeing, I added a generous handful of cheddar and stirred it through.

  18. No offense but this is one of the most boring soups I have ever made. It makes a great BASE for the best broccoli soup ever but needs some serious doctoring up to stand on it’s own. So so so plain and flavorless.

  19. It looks really yummy but its not, i just tried it… Really, not even 1kg cheese would make it better. And i do like brocoli… Sorry…

  20. It LOOKS GOOD!. I feel the same when I eat out

  21. Sounds so tasty! Going to make this weekend.

  22. I don’t even like broccoli and this still sounds good! Yum x

  23. wow, i’ve never had broccoli soup before but this recipe looks simple enough! i’ll be trying it out for dinner soon :)

  24. Looks like a dream! I’m definitely trying this. Never made soup before but you make it seem easy. Thank you so much for posting!

  25. Wow, that looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks.

  26. This really looks like something my kids would eat, all smooth and creamy and no chunks. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I was a little hesitant at first but this looks and sounds yummy. I might have to try this out. Thanks. :)

  28. Looks yummy! And way healthier than canned soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  29. I love broccoli soup. I have a similar recipe and I’ve made the soup about 4 times this fall. So hearty and filling and so good for you. YUM!

  30. I am on such a soup kick. I love love love it so! I made a tomato soup for the week and finished it today. It’s so nice to have a big bowl of soup for lunch, especially on a cold, dark, wintery day like those we’re already getting here in Toronto!

    Adding this to my Pinterest account :)

  31. Looks absolutely divine…. and perfect! It’s lunch time.


  32. yummy. i’d add some hot sauce to tang it up a bit. perfect for cold days.

  33. love the simplicity! this is my favorite kind of recipe.

  34. Love it, Joanna! I was having a rough time last night, and my boyfriend went out and picked up some broccoli soup and a baguette– the cure for all that ails you! Eager to try the homemade version… will probably be even more comforting and delicious!

  35. This looks amazing!! Definitely going to have to try this. :)


  36. I know what I’m making this Sunday evening! Perfect for a fall/winter lazy Sunday!!!

  37. I could just eat this, with lots of bread and butter! x

  38. MMmmmmmm. I love soup. One of my favorite meals … it matters not what kind, if it’s soup, I’m in! So, thanks for this recipe!

  39. I know its a loosey goosey recipe but can we get some idea of how much vegetable stock to add?

  40. This is exactly my mom’s recipe for brocoli soup… for any vegetable soup actually.

    This works with cauliflower, carrots, zucchinis, turnips, leeks (just let them caramelize a bit)… almost everything. Great for a “clean the kitchen” round ;)

    You can also add a bit ok milk to make the soup less dense and give it a great silkiness, and play with different cheeses and spices…

  41. I’m on a soup kick right now (It’s raining like crazy in Vancouver!) Tried a broccoli soup last week and it was just okay…looking forward to trying this recipe out. Thanks!

  42. Yummy! I’ll have to try it for the holidays…it looks hearty.

  43. oooh this looks delicious.

  44. Such a simple recipe, def. going to try it. Luckily I have tons of Broccoli in my refrigerator : )

  45. aaah can’t wait to try this when i go home and have a real kitchen.

    xandra ★

  46. Broccoli soup? I’ve never had it… I’m recently becoming a big soup person so I’ll give it a whirl!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  47. It looks delicious and so simple to make, I’ve got to try it!

  48. That looks delicious (and I loooove that it’s potato based…mmmmm). I’m a soup lover too, like Diana, in autumn and winter. It’s funny though, bc I don’t often order it at restaurants just because i feel like it’s a “waste”: almost as expensive as an entree, and you can’t really share it with the table like an appetizer.

  49. I tend to Asianize classic soups like this by adding a spoonful of Thai green curry paste and swirling in a wee bit of coconut cream…the kick is stupendous.

    It’s getting cold here in Holland and my beloved Le Creuset pot is getting paraded out quite a bit for soup!

  50. Holy yummm! I need this since I’m sick right now.

  51. I make something similar but add silken tofu for some protein…yummy!

  52. I make something similar but add silken tofu for some protein…yummy!

  53. This looks so wonderful! I am a huge soup fan and think I may just make this Friday night for dinner for a girlfriend and I.

    Thanks for sharing.

  54. yum! i’ve never made broccoli soup before, but this one looks like it’s worth a shot.

    • This Soup is EASY and Extremely Good………. You will not believe how Great it Tastes , You can’t go Wrong !! ENJOY !!

  55. I love eating soups too especially the creamy-thick-kind during autumn and winter. They just make everything so much better on those cold gloomy days. Thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious:) xo

  56. I am also a soup orderer at restaurants and it is funny how many people find it odd! This looks great will have to try for our soup Thursday’s which is a common thing over here in Sweden!

  57. looks so delicious and easy!! Thanks for passing it along!