Broccoli Cheddar Soup - Fall Favorite!

Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE#01445659 | San Francisco & Wine Country | Vanguard Properties

Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE#01445659 | San Francisco & Wine Country | Vanguard Properties

The recent fires in Northern California have sadly affected so many, including clients, friends and associates. While checking up, consoling and doing what I can to help...I'm reminded of how important our ties are; to our family, friends, neighbors and to the people who come into our lives every day to support us.  

I love to cook and share the food I prepare, so this recipe for you to enjoy with the people who are special to you!


Brocolli Cheddar Soup 


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C. Flour
  • 2 C. Half and half
  • 3 C. Chicken broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/4 t. Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Kosher salt, ground pepper
  • 4 7" Sourdough bread boules (round loaves)
  • 4 C. Broccoli florets (1 head)
  • 1 large Carrot, diced
  • 2 1/2 C. grated white & yellow cheddar (plus more for garnish)


Melt butter over medium heat in Dutch oven or soup pot. Add Onion, cook until tender, 5 min. Whisk in flour, cook till golden, 3-4 min., slowly whisk in half and half until smooth. Add chicken broth, bay leave, nutmeg, season with salt and pepper and simmer. Reduce heat to med-low, cook uncovered until thick, about 20 min.

Prepare bread bowls: cut a circle in top of each loaf leaving a 1" border. Remove bread top and hollow out middle leaving a thick bread shell.

Add broccoli and carrot to broth and simmer about 20 min. until tender. Discard bay leaves. Puree soup in batches in blender, or use immersion blender (When using hot liquid, let cool before transferring to blender - fill 1/2 way, leave corner of cover open, using kitchen towel over top to catch splatters and pulse till smooth).

Add cheese to soup and whisk until melted. Add 3/4 c. chicken broth or water if soup is to thick. Ladle into bread bowls and garnish with cheese. Enjoy!

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot City and a little bit Country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.