Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

Base

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Broccoli

  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into small florets (about 4 cups)

Cheese Sauce

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened (full-fat or reduced-fat both work)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk (any milk you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour (optional, for a thicker sauce)

Instructions

1. Prep the Vegetables: Peel and dice the potatoes, onion, celery, and carrots. Mince the garlic and chop the broccoli into small florets.

2. Slow Cooker Start: Add the potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, broth, thyme, salt, and pepper to your slow cooker. Give everything a good stir.

3. Cook Base: Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, until the potatoes are fork-tender.

4. Add Broccoli: During the last 30-45 minutes of cooking time, stir in the broccoli florets.

5. Make the Cheese Sauce (two methods):

6. Blender: In a blender, combine softened cream cheese, milk, and about 1/3 of the cooked vegetables from the slow cooker. Blend until smooth, then stir the creamy mixture back into the soup.

7. Handheld Mixer/Whisk: In a separate bowl, whisk softened cream cheese and milk until smooth. Gradually add about 1/3 of the cooked vegetables and incorporate thoroughly. Return the mixture to the slow cooker.

8. Melt the Cheese: Add the shredded cheddar cheese to the slow cooker a handful at a time, stirring until melted before adding more.

9. Optional – Thicken: If you prefer a thicker soup, whisk the flour into the remaining milk in a small bowl, then whisk into the soup.

10. Final Touches: Cook for another 10-15 minutes on LOW to heat through and thicken slightly if desired. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

11. Serve: Ladle into bowls and garnish with additional cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions, or your favorite toppings.

Tips And Customizations

Make it creamy: For a super creamy texture, blend all or most of the soup before adding cheese.

Spice it up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.

Meat lovers: Include cooked, crumbled bacon or sausage.

Vegan/Dairy-free: Substitute vegetable broth, vegan cream cheese, and a nut-based milk. Add nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

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