Easy Broccoli With Cheese Soup (Keto and Low Carb)

Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup in a white soup bowl topped with crumbled bacon and cheese.

Warm up with a delicious bowl of our favorite low carb soup recipe: Broccoli with Cheese Soup. Our low carb Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe packs a whopping 14g of protein and just 5 net carbs. If you like Broccoli Cheese Soup from Panera, you’ll love our keto-friendly version. This hearty bowl of goodness is ready in just 30 minutes.

How Do You Make Broccoli Cheese Soup From Scratch?

Broccoli with Cheese Soup is one of the easiest soups you can make at home. Just sauté butter, onions and garlic before adding the broccoli and broth. Add in the cream cheese and whipping cream before whisking in the real star – cheddar cheese. Blend it all together – and serve!

Can I Use Frozen Broccoli?

Yep. No edits are required.

How To Freeze Healthy Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Just transfer the cooled soup to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. You can reheat in either the microwave or stovetop, however we prefer stovetop over medium heat. It will require some stirring to re-incorporate the cheese. If the soup is too thick for your liking, just add water/ broth/cream, a tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Recipe Variation Ideas

  1. Vegan/Vegetarian: Use olive oil or vegan butter in place of the butter, use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and use either vegan cheese or a dash of nutritional yeast instead of the cheddar cheese.
  2. Switch up the cheese – smoked gouda, pepper jack or gruyere would be amazing.
  3. Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup does use carrots in their version, so dice up a few and add along with the onions to add more veggies (and more carbs).
  4. Chunk up the soup by removing a few pieces of the broccoli from the mix before blending. Once blended, just add them back in.
Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup in a white soup bowl topped with crumbled bacon and cheese.
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Low Carb Broccoli With Cheese Soup

Quick and easy Broccoli with Cheese Soup recipe. This soup recipe is low carb and ready in under 30 minutes. Grab a bowl and top with bacon and cheddar cheese. If you're looking for an easy low carb soup recipe this is it.
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli Recipes, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 371kcal
Cost $11.00

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Small Yellow or White Onion, Diced
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth (*Note 1)
  • 2 Cups Roughly Chopped Broccoli
  • Sea Salt (To Taste)
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper (To Taste)
  • 4 Tbsp Full Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (*Note 2)
  • 4 Slices Cooked Bacon, Crumbled

OPTIONAL:

  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum (*Note 3)

Instructions

  • Add the butter to a large soup pot and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until soft and translucent (about 4-5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds)
  • Turn the heat up to medium high and add the broth and broccoli. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is tender (about 15-20 minutes). Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Stir in the cream cheese and heavy whipping cream and cook until the cream cheese is melted and fully incorporated.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until melted.
  • Turn off the heat and let cool slightly before using an immersion blender to puree the soup (*Note 3 & 4)
  • Stir in Xanthan gum, if desired, and let sit a few minutes to thicken.
  • Transfer into individual soup bowls, and top with bacon crumbles and extra cheese. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Note 1: Feel free to use vegetable broth if you want to stay vegetarian. 
Note 2: Do not use pre-shredded cheese. Its coating prevents it from melting in a "normal" manner. You will not get good results.
Note 3: Use only if you like/want thicker soup. It's not required.
Note 4: Don’t have an immersion blender? No worries- just use a regular blender. No matter what blender you use, proceed with caution as soup will be hot. It will BURN. Take caution by letting it cool down before blending.
Note 5: Recipe adapted from food.com

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bowl | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1001mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1104IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 1mg

recipe cost

$9.80 ($1.63 Serving)

how-to photos

Tip 1.

We highly recommend the Cuisinart Hand Blender for all your soup puréeing needs.

Photo of Kirkland Sugarfree bacon from costco

Tip 2.

Use sugar-free bacon to ensure it's Keto approved! Kirkland from Costco is our favorite.

nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Broccoli With Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 Bowl)
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1001mg44%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1104IU22%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 319mg32%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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