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Southwestern Broccoli Cheese Soup

A friend gave me the recipe for this chunky vegetable soup, which I've been making for years. Recently, I changed the ingredients to give it some southwestern flair--and my husband liked it even better. -Peggy Hendrix of Richardson, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules or 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup chunky salsa


  • In a large saucepan, combine the water, bouillon cubes, vegetables, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Combine the flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into the soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add the salsa; cook and stir until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 143 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 856mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • JoanieK53
    Mar 3, 2018

    Really Good and Easy! Didn't have hash browns or Velvetta so used cubed potatoes and Mexican blend cheese.Might try a small pasta or cut spaghetti ( fideo) in place of potatoes. Used chicken broth instead of bouillon.

  • gunslinger
    Jan 17, 2018

    This was delicious! A very tasty on broccoli and potato soup the salsa gives it a great added flavor! I used frozen broccoli and it worked fine.

  • shecooksalot
    Jan 5, 2014

    Tried this soup and loved it. It's a great twist on broccoli cheese soup and a great meatless option. I used regular hash browns because apparently I can't read recipes right when making my shopping list and we used more of a pico de gallo type of salsa, and added some diced red bell pepper and it was very delicious. We will be making this again definitely!!

  • jdanz2010
    Mar 26, 2013

    This was delicious! Highly recommend it. I had about 3/4 lb of ground beef I needed to use up so I threw that in. I cubed 3 potatoes instead of using frozen hash browns, and I used frozen broccoli because that's what I had on hand. Definitely a keeper!

  • heg351
    Jan 13, 2013

    We added hamburger meat with taco season. Very GOOD!

  • sjanz
    Jan 7, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! I have made this serveral time!!

  • swagner
    Nov 13, 2011

    Very tasty and easy to make soup!

  • CFranklin879
    Oct 15, 2011

    This was a great soup! My entire family loved it! I added a chopped medium onion to the recipe. Will definitely make again!

  • khhouston
    Jul 22, 2011

    This was a huge hit with my family. My son asked for soup because his braces had just been adjusted. I only made half a recipe because I did not want to have lots left over if they didn't like it. I'm making a full recipe today because they cleaned the pot and wanted more. I did change three things because of what was on hand. I used chicken stock instead of bouillon because I do not use bouillon. I used a finely diced potato and Mexican Velveeta. Great way to get kids to eat vegetables.

  • akoehler79
    Apr 9, 2011

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this soup!! By far the best broccoli cheese soup recipe out there. Definitely a keeper!