This broccoli soup recipe is one of the best ways to sneak more veggies into your diet.
To me, the smell and taste of steamed/boiled broccoli just kindles joy. It’s a little earthy, fresh, wholesome, and simply heart-warming. On those days when I don’t feel like cooking much, a bowl of cooked rice with steamed broccoli and soy sauce dip is our go-to. It’s not the most healthy meal, but it’s definitely on my comfort food list and offers a variety of nutrients.
In today’s recipe, we beef up broccoli with potatoes, bacon, cheese, cream, and broth, in short, tons of flavors, and blend it all to make a rich, decadent bowl of soup.
Made with quite a handful of ingredients, our broccoli soup adds an assortment of nutrients to the meal:
Bacon may not be considered a healthy food, but it does provide the soup with some protein.
Our soup contains salt, bacon, milk, cream, and cheese. These ingredients are either high in saturated fat or sodium, or both, and they are among the things we are recommended to consume less of.
However, since we know how much of these ingredients is reasonable for one serving, we managed to keep the figures at:
181 calories per serving,
4 g saturated fats per serving,
300 mg sodium per serving.
This soup can serve as an appetizer or as a side with cooked meats. We’re thinking lemon butter salmon or chicken piccata with extra capers, something tangy or sour to balance out the richness.
Ingredients for Our Soup
For this broccoli soup recipe, you’ll need broccoli, bacon that’s baked and torn into pieces, crunchy croutons, potatoes, grated cheddar, cream, broth, and a few other ingredients.
You can use a branded chicken broth for convenience, but if you’re up to it, making your own broth is also very simple. Boil together celery, carrots, and onions with roasted chicken carcass, and you’ll have a delicious broth in just 30 minutes.
You can prepare the croutons while your soup is simmering. We cooked ours at 350°F for 3 minutes in the air fryer. You can also cook the bacon in the same manner but in a pan to collect the bacon fat for later use.
How to Prepare Broccoli for Soups
First off, cut into where the hard base starts to separate from the florets, then submerge the head in a solution of salted water. The head has a natural wax coat that prevents water from getting in, so running the head under tap water isn’t going to remove dirt or bacteria on the inside.
You can soak the hard base, too. Both need about 5 minutes.
Although we’re going to blend everything anyway, it’s better to cut the broccoli into small pieces (and the potatoes) so it cooks more quickly. Keeping the florets large also makes it difficult for you to stir, especially if the pot you’re using isn’t large enough.
So once the broccoli’s cleaned, cut into the base of each floret then cut anything larger than the rest in half. For the base, shave it to remove the fibrous outer layer, then slice it into thin discs.
Divide the leftover soup into serving-size portions and plate them into Ziploc bags. Store the bags in the fridge for 4 days or the freezer for about 3 months. Keep the toppings in the fridge.
Heat the soup in a pot or put it in a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and microwave on medium power for 3 minutes. For the toppings, croutons and bacon, air-fry them at 450°F for 5 minutes or bake them at 450°F for 10 minutes right before serving.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.