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broccoli cheese soup recipe

Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Amy Palanjian
With plant-based protein, veggies, and cheese, this soup is a wonderful way to serve up healthy comfort food to the whole family. (Adapted from FamilyFun magazine.)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6
Calories 463 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 large leek chopped and rinsed (or 1 large onion, peeled and chopped)
  • 1 quart reduced-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup green split peas
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese


  • Heat the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add the leek, stir to coat, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the split peas.
  • Add the broth, salt, garlic powder, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli and milk and cover. Turn the heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the cover. Puree with an immersion blender (or let cool slightly and puree with a regular blender).
  • Stir in the cheese and serve warm.


  • Store leftovers, once cooled, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Add a little water if needed to thin slightly when reheating.
  • Look for split peas in the bulk aisle or near the rice and beans in your store.
  • You can use 2% milk if you prefer.
  • Serve with bread or crackers so the kids can dip and dunk as needed—which may make them more interested in eating it!
  • Adults may enjoy their servings topped with hot sauce.


Calories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 28gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 1577mgPotassium: 971mgFiber: 15gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1661IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 435mgIron: 4mg
Keyword broccoli cheese soup, broccoli soup, split pea soup
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