Uncle Bill’s Broccoli Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • About This Recipe

    “A delicious creamy soup and very easy to make. I developed this soup over 20 years ago and it has been a favorite.”

    Ingredients

  • 3tablespoonsbutter
  • 1mediumonion, chopped
  • 4largecarrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2clovesgarlic, chopped
  • 4cupswater
  • 4tablespoonschicken soup base
  • 1lbbroccoli floret, divided
  • 2cupshalf-and-half cream
  • 3tablespoonsall-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cupcold water
  • 1tablespoonsoy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoonblack pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 cupchopped fresh parsley
  • Directions

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter.
  • Add onions, carrots, garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • In a medium size cooking pot, add water and chicken soup base and bring to boil.
  • Add precooked onion/carrot/garlic to soup.
  • Add broccoli florets, reserving (6- 8 pieces) of broccoli florets to be added near the end of cooking.
  • Reduce heat and simmer covered, until broccoli is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a blender or food processor, puree’ soup in batches and return to cooking pot.
  • Stir in half and half cream and remaining broccoli florets.
  • In a cup, mix together flour and 1/4 cup water to form a thin liquid.
  • Bring soup to boil; add flour mixture to thicken soup as desired, stirring constantly.
  • Add soy sauce, black pepper and stir well.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley when serving.
  • You can also use some carrot curls for garnish.
  • Serve soup hot or cold.
  • Reviews

  • “This was a really great homemade soup.I shredded my carrots instead of chopping them and added a bit more pepper – truly delicious!!”

  • “I liked this soup but I felt that it was over seasoned and a bit heavy. The beauty of making soup from scratch is that you don’t have to use that much sodium. The soup base was way overpowering as was the soy sauce, and I didnt like the sweetness the carrots added. You could barely taste the subtle flavor combination of garlic, onion, and broccoli that are so signature in cream of broccoli soup. This recipe is great if you love flavor packed foods, but I cook to avoid foods like this, so I was pretty disappointed overall. A tasty soup for those who can’t taste. Don’t make this soup unless you want cream of broccoli with a flare.”

  • “How come I don’t uncles with recipes like this 😉 It was delicious and satisfying on a cold winter night. Yum! The only small change I might try next time is to reduce the carrots to 2 or 3 since the color was a little bit too “orangey”, but that could have been due to my definition of “large” 🙂 Thank you.”

  • “Wonderful soup thank you so much for sharing your recipe I loved the soy sauce!”

  • “This is the most delicious broccoli soup I have ever tried in my life. This is definitely a keeper.”

  • “As with all Uncle Bill recipes, this one is delicious.Four tablespoons of chicken soup base seemed like it might make very salty soup, but I have learned to trust Bill’s culinary instincts.So glad I didn’t improvise–the flavor was perfect if you follow Bill’s exact directions.MichelleAnne’s suggestion about using a stick blender was very helpful too.So easy, so quick, so good.”

  • “As a family broccoli is probably our favorite green vegetable so I was excited to make this.I have never made cream of broccoli soup, only broccoli cheddar soup so I was hesitant would we like just Broccoli.I made only minor changes like less vegetable soup base do to salt and I used whole milk.To start off it is the most beautiful color green, and then when I took the first bite it was bliss, so velvety smooth I can only describe it as Sensational.I will make this again and again maybe try a different way of thickening it up, for friends that can’t have flour.Thanks for another great health soup.”

  • “Uncle Bill always come through!I had alot of broccoli that needed to be cooked…soup was another way to sneak veggies into the kids!I added a small diced potato to help thicken the soup (omitted the flour and water), used some ready made broth and used my stick bender to puree the soup.Do not omit the soy sauce and black pepper, the take the flavours to another level!!Thanks,Michelle”

  • “THE MOST DELICIOUS SOUP we have ever tasted. We’ve made it twice now- once substituting 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk for the half and half, and the second time using evaporated milk in an atempt to be more healthy (I don’t know what half and half is- I don’t think we have it in Australia). I say forget being healthy and go for the cream. It was still fantastic either way, though.”

  • “Thank you for a broccoli soup without cheese, cheese is great, but it is refreshing to have a recipe listed that is different and good.”

  • “What a great recipe!I love the carrot base, yet with no ‘carrot’ flavor.I added 1/2 tsp. garam masala per another recipe’s recommendation.I also used home made, unsalted, chicken stock so, I had to add about a 1/2 tsp. salt to the finished product.My family LOVED this and I will definetly be making it again!”

  • “Yum!A super tasting soup.Strayed from the recipe in only one way….I didn’t add the extra 1/4 c. water and the flour.Instead added another 1/4 c. of half ‘n half then thickened it with potato buds. It’s a real winner in any case.Thanks Uncle Bill.”

  • “Very tasty!Great soup!”

  • “Uncle Bill….ANOTHER WINNER!Just made a big old pot of this and I’m on my 2nd bowl.I bet it will be better tomorrow too.THANK YOU for another great addition to my file.”

  • “Myself and my husband enjoyed this soup on a chillySunday evening.I quite honestly threw this soup together while he was at the store.Absolutely delicious!Easy and quick if you decide not to puree the cooked vegetables in the beginning.I happen to like the “parts”, and it was quite tasty in spite of the lack of puree. Thanks for a lovely recipe, and a quick way to get rid of a bit of broccoli and half an onion.I did by the way cut the recipe in half….we are only two…Way to go! “

  • “Rich and delicious soup! Perfect alone or with a sandwich on a cold day. I cleaned out my crisper with this one, using about a cup and a half more broccoli florets and chopped baby carrots. Mine did not require thickening, I would assume because of the extra veg. Using a hand blender in the cooking pot made this even easier. Would also be wonderful with a low fat sub for the half and half since the soup is quite substantial with a lovely blend of flavors. Thanks, Uncle Bill, I’ll make this one again!”

  • “Great soup! I made this exactly as the recipe states, except that I added most of the liquid after I pureed the vegetable mixture to make it easier to transfer from the pot to the blender and back. It worked very well and the results were delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!”

  • “I have now made huge batches of this soup. And frozen into portion serves so I can have this lovely soup whenever the urge takes me.Yummmm!Bella”

  • “I am on a low-fat diet, and had remove some of the “good stuff”, but even by substituting low-fat broth and skim milk, I found it to be very enjoyable…Thanks for submitting this, and will definitely make this soup again… SharonP.”

  • “Uncle Bill this soup was great.This was very easy to make.It had a great fresh taste. I will be making this again. Thank you for a great soup recipe.”

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