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Slow-Cooker Three Cheese Broccoli Soup

slow-cooker three cheese broccoli soup Entree
Slow-Cooker Three Cheese Broccoli Soup
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 4 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

This crockpot broccoli cheese soup is a cheesy comfort food classic that’s warm and satisfying for everyone in the family. With just fifteen minutes of prep, your slow cooker does all of the work for you, and the result is a delicious soup that will have everyone spooning up seconds. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 13, 2019
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

1/4
cup butter
1
cup chopped onions
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth (4 cups)
1
bag (16 oz) frozen baby broccoli florets, thawed
8
oz Kraft™ Velveeta™ Original cheese product (from 16-oz box), cubed
1 1/2
cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz)
Additional shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, pepper and salt; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in evaporated milk until smooth. Pour mixture into slow cooker. Stir in broth and thawed broccoli.
  • 2
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until hot but not simmering.
  • 3
    Add cheese cubes to slow cooker; stir until melted. Add 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and the Parmesan cheese; stir until melted. Sprinkle individual servings with additional cheddar cheese.

Expert Tips

  • Always keep the slow cooker covered for the specified cook time. Removing the cover lets heat escape, adding 15 to 20 minutes to the cook time. Only remove the cover if a recipe specifies and only after the first 2 hours of cooking.
  • If you want to reheat any leftovers, do it over low heat or use the microwave on a low setting, being careful not to boil it.
  • Using some processed cheese with the natural cheeses helps keep the soup smooth, since sharp Cheddar can separate when heated.
  • Cut up a loaf of grainy sourdough bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss them with some melted butter and a sprinkle of dried basil and garlic salt. Spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and toast them at 375°F, stirring occasionally, until they’re golden croutons. Spoon some into each bowl of soup.
  • The base of the soup is a classic white sauce, but it’s being made in slow motion—thickening up over the low heat of the slow cooker. It’s convenient to use the frozen broccoli florets, but feel free to use fresh broccoli.
  • For easy cleanup, coat the inside of the insert or cooker with cooking spray.
  • Slow cookers work most efficiently when they are one-half to two-thirds full.
  • Want to take a slow-cooker meal to a party? Wrap the slow cooker in a towel or newspaper to keep it warm. Attach rubber bands around the handles to secure it for travel.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 1 1/4 cups
Calories
360
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
36%
Saturated Fat
14g
71%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
70mg
24%
Sodium
1290mg
54%
Potassium
330mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
18g
6%
Dietary Fiber
2g
7%
Sugars
7g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This recipe has become a go-to for cooks who observe meatless Mondays, who want a quick-prep option for a satisfying weeknight dinner or who want to recreate the taste of their favorite restaurant broccoli cheddar soup right at home. One of this soup’s reviewers said, “I can't get enough of this recipe … it is outstanding,” which pretty much sums up the way you and your family will feel about crock pot broccoli cheese soup. The three cheeses called for in broccoli cheddar soup for the slow cooker each play a part in making it so tasty. VELVEETA™ Original Cheese adds creaminess, extra-sharp Cheddar cheese adds snap, and Parmesan cheese provides those satisfying umami flavor notes. To add more broccoli to your meals, find traditional favorites, quick-and-easy shortcuts and fun new twists at Betty’s Best Broccoli Recipes.
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