Broccoli Bacon Cheese Soup

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I’ve decided to revamp my old Broccoli Cheese soup recipe. After years of tweaking, my new version is better and a bit healthier. I will share my improved recipe for Broccoli Bacon Cheese soup today.

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Did you know that Broccoli Cheese Soup was my very first recipe on this blog? Yeap, that is where it all began. I’m almost embarrassed to show you this first post but you can see it here. I’ve contemplated removing my old posts from the first year but once I start thinking about it, I realize that it shows where I came from and how far I’ve come. I used to share my recipes on Facebook with my friends, some suggested that I should start a blog. Bippity, boppity, boo…this little blog was born.

This soup was also my first experience with Velveeta cheese. I can’t even tell you how many years ago I started making this soup. I remember falling in love with it from the first bite. I’ve tried making different broccoli cheese soups through the years, trying different cheeses, but none were as good as using Velveeta. It’s now my family’s favorite soup and Velveeta is a big part of it. It makes the soup smooth and creamy while adding extra deliciousness.

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I mentioned many times before that my husband is anti-vegetable. Unlike the little man, he tried to avoid eating veggies at any cost. One time, I caught him giving his broccoli to the little man because he didn’t want to eat it.

So it was major when he ate this soup entirely and loved it. I’ve been making this soup ever since and always trying to make it a bit healthier and jam come extra veggies in it. I added some crispy bacon to make him happy and extra hidden veggies to make me happy.

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Broccoli Bacon Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of broccoli
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 5 crispy bacon strips
  • 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, block not shredded (I use 2%)
  • 4 oz Swiss, block not shredded
  • 6 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • salt
  • fresh cracked peppercorn
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Steam broccoli until soft. Mash about half the broccoli with a fork, set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat up the oil on medium heat. Add chopped onion and shredded carrot. Saute until the onion is transparent.
  3. Add minced garlic clove, stir well and saute until fragrant.
  4. Sprinkle with flour and mix until veggies are coated with flour.
  5. Slowly pour in the milk and veggie stock while constantly stirring.
  6. Let the soup heat through (still on medium heat.) Once it starts to boil, start adding cheese.
  7. Grate the cheddar and Swiss cheese into the pot. Stir slowly until melted. (I recommend using block cheese and grate it in yourself because it will melt much better. Pre-shredded cheese is coated in cornstarch while packaged, so it's a little harder to melt.)
  8. Chop the Velveeta into 1-inch cubes, for faster melting, and add it to the pot. Stir slowly and constantly until the cheese is melted.
  9. Stir in chopped bacon.
  10. Add salt and cracked peppercorns to taste. (Since Velveeta, bacon and other cheeses have salt in it, don't add salt until you add those ingredients.)
  11. Stir in the broccoli. Lower the heat to medium low, cover and cook for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Stir in the fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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Comments

  1. Yum! I havn’t had lunch yet. this looks so good! consider yourself “liked” on bloglovin. I love broccoli & cheddar soup. Bacon makes everything better so win win! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Adding bacon to broccoli cheese soup, why didn’t I ever think of that!! Sounds amazing.

  3. This sounds so good Lyuba! Now I’m totally craving soup!

  4. My favorite soup is Broccoli Soup! super pining this one for future reference! You are really a wizard in the kitchen Lyuba!
    Thanks for sharing this deliciousness!
    Came over this time from Nap time creation’s party
    Lizy

  5. I totally agree with the “removing the old posts” comment. I was thinking of just retaking all the pictures from my old posts. But it is really cool to look back and see how far I have come. {although its only been 5 months..haha.. but I still feel I’ve come far} All in all.. your very inspiring and encouraging! Love this recipe and definitely going to try it… pinning now! thanks Lyuba!

  6. I love broccoli cheese soup…. with bacon added? YUM! Looks fantastic! Pinned!

  7. I’m in love! Lyuba, you’ve inspired me to make this soup it’s one of my favorites and yours looks deeeelish

  8. I love anything with Velveeta! This looks sooo good – we love broccoli and cheese soup and my husband is a huge bacon lover. Have to make this soon!

  9. Amazing! I love broccoli soup and then you had to go and add bacon…YUM!!

  10. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling says:

    I love the addition of bacon to this….my husband is anti-veggie too! Unless the veggies are smothered in cheese….so this soup is perfect! :)

  11. I LOVE Broccoli Cheese soup. My first experience with it was when I ordered it through carryout at Bob Evans once, and it’s now one of my favorite soups.

  12. It’s the middle of winter here and that looks so amazing!

  13. I love how you sneak extra veggies in there. Genius!!

  14. This sounds deelish! Will be pinning to make when the weather cools down. Found you at Happy Hour Friday, thanks for sharing!!! Jill @ mamaging.com

  15. Great flavor for this soup and pure comfort! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Sounds awesome, Lyuba!! This will be going on my soup list for sure!!

  17. This soup looks amazing Lyuba! Love Velveeta!

  18. I saw bacon in the title and had to stop by–looks delicious.

  19. Yum! Broccoli cheese soup is one of my all time favorites! I love the addition of bacon. I would love for you to share this over at my link party, Ginger Jamboree. I’m also having a fun giveaway today!

  20. Do you think it would be weird to make this at 7:30am? LOL Visiting from Ducks in a Row.

  21. This looks so GOOD, I wish I had a bowl of it now! Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. This is one of my features on Week 95.

  22. YUM!! One of my fave soups so I must give your version a try! I’m so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week… this week I’m co-hosting a HUGE bash with 2 other bloggers! Come on over http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and share again! xoxo~ Ruthie

  23. This looks delicious! There’s nothing quite like cheesy goodness and bacon all in one warm and delicious bite. This soup is perfect for that chilly fall weather, a real treat for lovers of scrumptious soup and cheddar cheese.

  24. Thank you so much for posting this! I’m a beginning recipe blogger, so seeing the difference between the first post and where you are today is really inspiring for me. :) What’s your camera and lighting setup like? The pictures all look so good….

    • Thank you, Maria! I’m happy to inspire :)
      I use a Nikon D5100 and I always shoot in the natural light next to a window. Just make sure that it’s not a direct sunlight!

  25. LAUREN DILLON says:

    YOU MAKE SOME SPECTACULAR CRANBERRY JAM . I AM GOING TO TRY TO DO IT, BUT I AM NOT SO SURE I CAN . WISH ME LUCK !!!! I WOULD DIE TO TRY YOUR BROCCOLI SOUP !!!! YOU ARE A FANTASTIC COOK !!!!!! I JUST LOVE YOUR RECIPES !!!!

  26. LAUREN DILLON says:

    fantastic soup recipe, if I do say so myself !!!!!! your an amazing cook !!!!!

  27. Found this recipe through pinterest and just tried it tonight. Sooo yummy! I love how the Swiss gives it a little tang. I will be digging through your files for more recipes to try! Thanks!

  28. I stumbled upon your site the other day and couldn’t take my eyes off of this recipe. Never had broccoli soup before. Made this last night, using homemade vegetable stock. It turned out perfect. We all loved it. Looks just like the picture. One small shortcut I did make was I didn’t want to fry up bacon and I happened to have Hormel real bacon bits that I use for salads. Worked like a charm. Thank you so much. Will be trying your spicy chicken burger this weekend.

    • I am so happy that you liked it, Lisa! Thank you so much for coming back and telling me, I love hearing it!
      Thank you!

  29. Could you substitute something else for the Velveeta? I love broccoli cheese soup, but I’m not a super huge fan of velveeta…. This does look amazing though!

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