Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup


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Broccoli Cheese Soup is the perfect slow cooker meal for cold weather days. Your whole family is sure to enjoy this cheesy soup that’s packed with fresh broccoli florets and carrots. Add this broccoli cheese soup to your next meal plan for an irresistible soup everyone will love.

Broccoli adds the perfect touch to crock pot meals, and if you’re looking for unique ways to cook with it, try my Chicken Broccoli Stuffing Casserole or my Slow Cooker Cheesy Broccoli Chicken.

broccoli cheese soup in the slow cooker with a wooden spoon.
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Why you should try this crock pot broccoli cheese soup recipe

If you’ve ever had a bowl of Panera Bread broccoli cheddar soup, then you know how good this recipe will taste. With minimal kitchen staples, you’re about to create your own version of creamy broccoli cheese soup. Once your broccoli florets are chopped, the onion is diced, and the carrots are shredded, you’ll dump, go, and have a tasty crockpot broccoli cheese soup.


Ingredients for broccoli cheese soup with text of ingredients.
  • Broccoli: I use 2 heads of broccoli or about 6 cups after being cut.
  • Carrots: Shred these with a cheese grater or dice.
  • Onion: The yellow onion will be diced and added for texture and flavor.
  • Chicken broth: Chicken stock or broth can add a blast of flavor to any soup. If you want to make this crock pot broccoli cheese soup vegetarian, use vegetable broth.
  • Thickening agent: I whisk cornstarch into the chicken broth above.
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder and pepper.
  • Cheese: I use Velveeta, which makes a velvety smooth soup, instead of shredded cheddar cheese which can make a grainy consistency.
  • Heavy Cream: This helps thicken the soup too. You can use a light cream such as half and half, milk or whipping cream, though you will have a much thinner consistency.

Step-by-Step Directions

4 images showing how to make broccoli cheeese soup in the crockpot.

Step One – Place the chopped broccoli (head and stems), shredded carrots, onion, garlic powder, and pepper into the slow cooker.

Step Two – Pour chicken broth and cornstarch that have been whisked together over the vegetables. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

Step Three – When cooking time is up, pour in the heavy cream and cubed Velveeta cheese.

Step Four – Stir until well combined and cook for an additional 20 minutes on HIGH. Serve warm and enjoy!

cooked brococli cheese soup in a slow cooker.

How to serve:

  • Serve as-is in a bowl or in a sourdough bread bowl.
  • Add a few toppings, such as shredded cheese, freshly cracked pepper, and chopped green onions.
  • Serve alongside crusty bread, garlic bread or a couple of scoops inside of bread bowls.
  • This soup also pairs well with a sandwich or side salad.
  • This soup is wonderful over a baked potato as well.
broccoli cheese soup in a crockpot and on a spoon.

Recipe FAQs

Can I omit the cornstarch to make this lower in carbs?

Yes, omit the cornstarch to make this lower in carbs. The soup won’t be as thick but still have great flavor. You can sub cream cheese for the heavy cream to help thicken a bit more if desired.

Can I use shredded cheese instead of Velveeta?

Yes, but follow these directions: Sharp cheddar cheese will give the most flavor, and other milder cheeses won’t flavor the soup correctly. Use 3 cups freshly grated cheese, pre-shredded will not melt as well. Stir only one cup at a time.

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes. And if you choose to, don’t worry about adding any extra.

Do I need to use an immersion blender?

No, unless you want to puree the soup. The broccoli will break into smaller pieces as it cooks, so there really is no reason to use an immersion blender.

Are there other broths I can use for the base?

Some people like to use vegetable stock or chicken bone broth. You can really use any of your favorite broths (but I wouldn’t recommend beef for this recipe).

How do I store leftover slow cooker broccoli cheese soup?

Pour any remaining soup in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove top over medium to medium low heat.

bowl of broccoli cheese soup with spoon in it.

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cooked broccoli cheese soup with wooden spoon in it.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

4.75 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 8
May be the easiest soup ever to make! Ultra cheesy and creamy broccoli cheese soup made in the crockpot.


  • 2 heads broccoli, 6-8 cups after being cut or can use 14-16 ounces of frozen broccoli
  • 2 carrots, shred with a cheese grater or dice small.
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup corn starch


  • 1 lb. velveeta cheese, (this is the smaller box)
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Cut the heads of broccoli by cutting off each floret. Cut the stem into medium size pieces. Add to the slow cooker. If using frozen, no need to cut up more.
  • Add the carrots, onion, garlic powder and pepper.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the chicken broth and cornstarch. The chicken broth must be at room temperature or cold for this not to clump. Pour over the vegetables in the slow cooker.
  • Stir.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  • When the cooking time is up pour in the heavy cream and velveeta (cut into cubes). Stir.
  • Replace the lid and cook for 20 more minutes on HIGH.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Sarah’s Notes

Can I omit the cornstarch to make this lower in carbs?
Yes! But doing so will produce a thinner soup. I suggest using cream cheese instead of heavy cream and that will help thicken the soup.
Can I use regular cheese instead of Velveeta?
  • Yes, but follow these directions:
  • Sharp cheese will give the most flavor, other milder cheeses won’t flavor the soup correctly.
  • Use 3 cups freshly grated cheese, pre-shredded will not melt as well.
  • Stir only one cup at a time.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1387mg | Potassium: 838mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4489IU | Vitamin C: 145mg | Calcium: 428mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. jodyel says:

    5 stars
    I make this all the time especially in the winter months and always a double batch.

    I omit the carrot and add some extra corn starch to make it thicker. Might try adding the extra cheese next time to see how that makes it. I also use frozen broccoli and frozen white onions. I don’t dice onions. 🙂

    It’s def a winner in our house.

  2. Shari Villani says:

    5 stars
    I used a can of evaporated milk instead of the heavy cream. (I couldn’t get to the grocery store) It was delicious!!

    1. Alison Parker says:

      5 stars
      I added cream of onion soup and soup greens Delish

  3. Timothy Klassen says:

    4 stars
    My 4 1/2 qt slow cooker had plenty of room. The wife and I agreed it was good as-is but not quite cheesy enough for our tastes. I added 4 oz of freshly grated pepper jack cheese to the still hot crockpot and perfecto! It even thickened it up to the consistency we wanted. So, this goes into my recipe folder with just that one change. I’ll probably make this a couple times a year during the cold months. Thank you.

  4. Jeffrey says:

    Can I sub vegetable broth for chicken broth?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes! Vegetable broth will work well.