Potato Broccoli Soup

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Potato broccoli soup is a classic cold-weather soup that has a creamy texture from the potatoes without tons of added cream!

We love a great broccoli soup and of course, a creamy potato soup is the ultimate comfort food. Together broccoli and potatoes make an amazing meal.

bowls of Potato Broccoli Soup with a spoon inside

Why We Love this Soup

  • It uses simple ingredients that I usually have on hand.
  • Most are inexpensive pantry ingredients meaning it’s a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.
  • Potatoes add to the creamy texture without adding a lot of extra fat.
  • This is a meatless main but great with added leftovers like shrimp or chicken.
  • It keeps for about 5 days in the fridge and reheats well for lunches.

Top it with homemade croutons or serve with garlic bread for dipping. Yes, please!

ingredients to make Potato Broccoli Soup

Ingredients and Variations

BROCCOLI Broccoli (and onions & celery) are cooked in a chicken broth base. If time is short, frozen broccoli works just as well!

POTATOES We love russet or baking potatoes in this recipe because they’re nice and starchy. Be sure to peel them first. Waxy thin skinned potatoes (like Yukon gold) will work and you can skip peeling.

CREAM Since the potatoes are blended, you only need a little bit of cream to make this rich soup! Non-dairy creams/milks work well too.

top view of ingredients in the pot to make Potato Broccoli Soup before adding broccoli and blending

How to Make Potato Broccoli Soup

  1. Sauté onion & celery in butter, add potatoes & broth. Cover & simmer, add broccoli, cover & cook again.
  2. Remove 1 cup of broccoli & potatoes; set aside.

process of blending potato and broccoli together in the pot

  1. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup in the pot until smooth.
  2. Return everything to pot, stir in both cheeses until melted.

adding final ingredients to pot to make Potato Broccoli Soup

PRO TIP: If an immersion blender (hand blender) is unavailable, pour the soup into a countertop blender instead. Be sure you don’t seal the lid and allow the steam to escape.

Crock Pot:

  1. Sauté onion & celery in butter in a pan until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to Crock Pot, stir, & cover. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Stir in cheeses & cover. Cook another 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted & soup is creamy.
  4. Garnish with extra cheese before serving.

Instant Pot:

  1. Set instant pot to sauté, cook onion & celery in butter until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheeses, cover, & set on high for 6 minutes. Allow a natural release of steam.
  3. Stir in both the cheeses until melted & the soup is creamy.
  4. Garnish with extra cheese before serving.


  • Keep soup in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 5 days or freeze soup in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside.
  • Lay them flat in the freezer and when they are frozen, store them upright to save freezer space.
  • Potato broccoli soup will keep in the freezer up to 6 months.

pot full of Potato Broccoli Soup with a laddle taking a scoop

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close up of bowl of Potato Broccoli Soup with a spoon
4.89 from 17 votes
Review Recipe

Potato Broccoli Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This filling & flavorful Potato Broccoli Soup is the perfect meatless meal for lunch or dinner!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 16 ounces baking potatoes peeled and diced, about 2 medium potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese fresh

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion & celery. Cook until softened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add potatoes and chicken broth. Cover and simmer 8 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove 1 cup of broccoli and potatoes and slightly chop. Set aside.
  • Using a hand blender, blend remaining soup in the pot until smooth. Add cream and simmer 1 minute. Stir in reserved broccoli, potatoes, and cheeses.
  • Garnish with additional cheese if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.25cup, Calories: 306, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 817mg, Potassium: 916mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1114IU, Vitamin C: 81mg, Calcium: 183mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best Potato Broccoli Soup, how to make Potato Broccoli Soup, Potato Broccoli Soup, Potato Broccoli Soup recipe
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
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  1. Hey there! Can you use veggie broth instead of chicken? Would that still taste good do you think?

    Also, I must say I am huge fan of your site! If I need an idea or recipe, I always come here first!

  2. I doubled the recipe! Fantastic soup. Will definitely make it again. I didn’t add any cream and it was creamy enough having used the immersion blender. Family enjoyed it. Thank you5 stars

  3. Hello again.
    You may have updated the recipe, but when you hit “Print”, neither the ingredient “garlic” or when you put it in IS NOT UPDATED. Nor is when you add the cream when you print it out.

    1. Hi Karellyn, I have checked this carefully and do see both of these in the recipe card and on the printed version. May I suggest that you try a different browser? The garlic is added in step 1 and the cream is added in step 5.

  4. You show a head of garlic in the picture of ingredients but it’s not in your recipe. I like the soup but it wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped.3 stars