Kicked Up Broccoli-Cheese Soup

 Kicked Up Broccoli Cheese Soup from Noble Pig
Having a kid in high school is kicking my butt. It seems like the "busy factor" in our lives has increased ten-fold ever since 9th grade began. On the other hand, I encouraged him wholeheartedly to get involved in as many things as possible. Amazingly, he listened and now I am his personal chauffeur. It's okay though, he's loving it and that's all you really want for your kids.

However, all this running around has made dinnertime a little crazy. We don't often eat together and I need meals that warm up easily and don't take forever to put together. Since the weather is a bit cooler, soups, especially this Kicked Up Broccoli-Cheese version has definitely been on the menu.

And while I have always loved broccoli-cheese soup, it can be a bit bland. I was looking to increase the spice of the dish without having to add a bunch of ingredients. I decided to use pepper jack cheese to give it the zing I was looking to create.

Do you serve soup as a main meal in your household? During the cooler months they are definitely a mainstay for us. And for the most part they are very easy to make.

Kicked Up Broccoli Cheese Soup from Noble Pig
I am also not a fan of totally pureed broccoli-cheese soup. I love the texture of pieces of broccoli left intact. I only use a potato masher to break up the really large pieces into smaller ones. It also means less cleanup as I don't have to get my blender out.

When I serve soup, I like to have crusty bread available. There is nothing better than dunking in a piece of warm bread into a cream-based soup. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Kicked Up Broccoli Cheese Soup from Noble Pig

Kicked Up Broccoli Cheese Soup from Noble Pig
I promise you will love my "kicked up" version. It's an easy weeknight meal to throw together. I have found everyone wants a second bowl of this soup and I am always happy to oblige that request.

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Kicked Up Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 6-8


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock (has more flavor than broth)
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 heaping cups broccoli florets
  • 24 oz shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 8 oz shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 Tablespoon finely ground black pepper
  • sliced green onion for garnish


  • In a large, heavy bottomed pot (I used a 7 quart Dutch Oven), melt butter over low heat. Add shallots and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, sauteing for 1 minute more, still over low heat.
  • Add flour and whisk in until fully incorporated. Slowly pour in milk, whisking away any lumps. Add chicken stock, cream and nutmeg, stirring until fully combined. Add broccoli. Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until broccoli is softened. Stir several times during cooking process so bottom of pan does not burn. Continue to cook over low heat. Once broccoli is softened, use a potato masher to mash the broccoli into smaller pieces. Add pepper jack and cheddar, stirring until melted. Stir in black pepper. Serve immediately.

Other easy, weeknight soups you might enjoy:
Mashed Potato Cheese Soup
Dill Pickle Soup 
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Sausage Tortellini Soup
Creamy Broccoli Soup

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15 Comments and 6 Replies

  1. I love your kicked up soup! I remember when my girls were in high school, it was insane how busy I was. Once the oldest got her license – things eased up a lot!

  2. Frank Mosher 3

    Love your blog, and I am a small grape grower on the east coast of Canada, (Nova Scotia). However, in spite of your many great recipes I have gleaned from your site, this one puzzles me. What is really “kicked up“ about this recipe. PS. If I ever get to the west coast, will absolutely drive down from Vancouver!

    • Cathy 4

      “Kicked Up” is another way of saying something has a bit of spice or heat. Using mostly pepper jack cheese instead of the usual just cheddar cheese did just that…kicked up the heat that is.

  3. Katie 5

    Made this tonight and served it in a bread bowl. Delicious! Will make again.

  4. Sabra Mathot 7

    Hey Cathy …. how much garlic?

  5. Classic broccoli cheese soup is the best, and this kicked up version sounds even better!! LOVE!

  6. I love me a broccoli cheese soup, and then you took it OVA the EDGE and now I want it for dinner. Forever!

  7. I love broccoli cheese soup, it’s my favorite! I can’t wait to try your recipe soon, pinned! :)

  8. Mmmm… perfect for a chilly fall evening. I know what I’ll be making tonight to watch baseball post season!

  9. Broccoli soup is my favorite! I love the addition of spicy cheese.

  10. I hear ya on the busyness of high school! Some nights are pure crazy driving all over! Love this kicked up soup though! It looks perfect for this cool rainy day!!!

  11. Becky 15

    I can’t wait for the weather to cool off here so I can enjoy some of this soup. Sounds awesome and I love that it has some heat.

  12. What a great idea! I’m totally with you on the chunky broccoli cheese soup, too. I usually puree some of mine and then toss in some more at the end. Broccoli cheese is my favorite! My kids love it with chicken breast over noodles. Great post!

  13. Pepper-jack is just the thing my broccoli cheese soup needs! This is my kind of comfort food!


  14. Great idea, I love this soup. I tried a recipe with a butternut squash base that added tons of flavor and made it a lot healthier too!

  15. Norri Beckelhymer 20

    Love this soup so much. Making it for the third time. It’s soup weather!


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