Jason’s Deli Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

When you think of Jason’s Deli, the first thing that comes to mind are probably their fresh, delicious sandwiches, crunchy salads, and cheesy loaded potatoes.

With so many tasty foods to choose from, we don’t blame you if you haven’t had the chance to try their traditional broccoli cheese soup, which is an absolute must-try.

Whether you’ve never tried this cheese soup at the Jason’s Deli and you’d like to give it a shot at home, or you’re already a fan but you’re looking to replicate it, you’ll love this copycat Jasons Deli broccoli cheese soup recipe.

How to make Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup

Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup is a great solution if you’re struggling with implementing greens into your diet and your cooking.

If you’re not too fond of broccoli, you may have a hard time preparing it in a way that won’t be too bland and flavorless.

When it comes to this broccoli cheddar soup, it is safe to say it is nothing short of delicious, and you will absolutely love the combo!

On top of it all, this broccoli soup is unbelievably easy to make, and it will keep you full for hours! Let’s dive right into the recipe.

Ingredients:

(8 servings)

  • 2 pieces broccoli (chopped)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp celery (chopped)
  • 2-3 baby carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

Step 1:

Grab a medium saucepan and add the butter, then allow it to melt over medium-high heat.

Once the butter has melted, you can add in the baby carrots and the onion, finely chopped.

Saute the veggies and stir frequently to prevent them from burning. You may also lower the heat if necessary.

Step 2:

Once the carrots and the onion have softened, it is time to pour in the chicken stock, and add the chopped celery, as well.

Give the mixture a good stir to allow all the textures and ingredients to combine.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to add in the star of the dish – chopped broccoli. Stir the broccoli soup one more time, then add in salt and pepper.

Cook the soup over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes, or until you’re satisfied with the consistency and the texture of the broccoli.

If you prefer the broccoli pieces to be a bit more tender, you may have to cook the soup a bit longer.

Step 4:

While the soup is cooking, you can use this time to prepare the cheesy component that makes this soup so irresistible.

For this cheddar cheese “gravy, you will need to combine cornstarch and mix into a nicely blended paste.

Add the milk and the cornstarch to a mixing bowl, then whisk them together or use a mixer to mix them together without any lumps.

Step 5:

Pour the milk and cornstarch mixture into the soup and lower the heat. Remember to stir the broccoli soup as you’re adding the mixture to avoid any lumps.

Once the milk mixture and the broccoli soup have married together, let the soup simmer on low for a few minutes before adding in the cheese.

Step 6:

Once the soup has reached the desired consistency, add in the cheddar cheese and allow it to melt into the soup.

Sprinkle some garlic powder for more flavor, then taste the soup and check if more seasoning is needed.

Step 7:

Cook the broccoli cheese soup for about 10 minutes over low heat, then remove from the heat and serve with chopped thyme, and some extra cheddar cheese on top.

Ingredient substitutions

In case you enjoy adding your own twist to any recipe, this broccoli cheddar soup recipe is definitely one of those dishes that allows you to experiment with certain elements.

Let’s take a look at some of the best substitutes for the main ingredients of this recipe.

1. Cauliflower

While broccoli is certainly the main element of this dish, when you’re simply not a fan, cauliflower would be a very good replacement.

Cauliflower and broccoli are quite similar when it comes to the flavor profile and the texture. The cheddar and cauliflower combination is also something you won’t regret.

2. Frozen broccoli

While the original recipe calls for fresh broccoli, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using frozen broccoli instead.

We recommend allowing the broccoli to defrost at room temperature, which will allow you to remove the excess water before adding the broccoli bits to the soup mixture.

Adding the frozen broccoli straight into the saucepan is also an option, but keep in mind that it will water down the soup base.

3. Colby cheese

Cheddar cheese isn’t the only option that will give you a creamy, sweet, flavorful soup.

If you currently have no cheddar, or you generally prefer Colby cheese, feel free to replace cheddar cheese in this recipe.

4. All-purpose flour

The best substitute for cornstarch when it comes to thickening your cheese “gravy” is certainly all-purpose flour.

Just like cornstarch, it is neutral-flavored, easy to implement into any dish, and one of the best thickening agents you could use.

What to serve with Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup

Does this cheesy, flavor-packed plate of soup require any additions?

Not necessarily, but we believe there is always something you can add or snack on to make this at-home Jason’s Deli experience even better.

Garlic bread

For some people, it is unimaginable to have a cheesy broccoli soup without a side of freshly baked garlic bread.

We completely agree that a warm, crunchy slice of bread dipped into Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup is the ultimate comfort food combo.

If you feel that the garlic powder in the soup itself is more than enough, you can swap garlic bread for any other kind of bread you prefer.

Bread bowl

Now, if you’d like to take your broccoli cheese soup to the next level, especially when it comes to presentation, replace your soup pot with a bread bowl!

Don’t worry, the bread used for a bread bowl does not get soggy, and once you’ve done with the soup, you can snack on the bowl itself.

Fried onion rings

This guilty pleasure snack is a top choice in many situations – and this is certainly one of them.

Fried onion rings just go with everything, and if your broccoli soup is lacking some crunch, this is the tastiest, yet easiest way to achieve it.

How to reheat Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup

Will you be able to enjoy your leftover homemade Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup? Absolutely – as long as you use the right reheating methods to preserve all the flavors and beautiful textures.

How to reheat Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup on the stovetop

The easiest way to reheat your broccoli cheddar soup is to transfer it to a saucepan and put it over low heat.

You also want to make sure you’re stirring constantly, but not aggressively, as you don’t want to turn the broccoli into mush.

If the soup is too thick, you can add a little bit of water, chicken stock, or milk to get the desired consistency.

How to reheat Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup in the microwave

You can also warm up the broccoli soup using the microwave, but the key is in using short intervals to get the desired temperature and consistency.

Transfer the leftover soup into a microwave-safe dish, then add in more liquid if necessary (water, milk, or chicken stock).

Microwave the soup in 20-second intervals until you’ve achieved the desired result.

How to store Jason’s Deli broccoli cheese soup

It is always a good idea to have some homemade broccoli cheese soup stored when you’re craving a warm plate of cheesy, savory broccoli soup.

Here’s how you can store the leftover soup safely.

Store in the fridge

Transfer the soup into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.

Store in the freezer

Freeze the leftover soup in an airtight container, making sure that it is properly sealed. Keep the broccoli cheese soup in the freezer for up to 2 months.

 

jason's deli broccoli cheese soup recipe

Jason’s Deli Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

If you simply can't seem to find a way to prepare broccoli to your liking, this copycat Jason's Deli broccoli cheese soup is the answer you've been looking for. It is full of savory, cheese flavors, milky aromas, and crunchy veggie textures.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 260 kcal
Equipment
  • saucepan
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk/mixer
Ingredients
  
  • 2 pieces broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 tsp celery chopped
  • 2-3 baby carrots chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • TT pepper
Instructions
 
  • Grab a medium saucepan and add the butter, then allow it to melt over medium-high heat.
    Once the butter has melted, you can add in the baby carrots and the onion, finely chopped.
    Saute the veggies and stir frequently to prevent them from burning. You may also lower the heat if necessary.
  • Once the carrots and the onion have softened, it is time to pour in the chicken stock, and add the chopped celery, as well.
    Give the mixture a good stir to allow all the textures and ingredients to combine.
  • Now it's time to add in the star of the dish - chopped broccoli. Stir the broccoli soup one more time, then add in salt and pepper.
    Cook the soup over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes, or until you're satisfied with the consistency and the texture of the broccoli.
    If you prefer the broccoli pieces to be a bit more tender, you may have to cook the soup a bit longer.
  • While the soup is cooking, you can use this time to prepare the cheesy component that makes this soup so irresistible.
    For this cheddar cheese "gravy", you will need to combine cornstarch and mix into a nicely blended paste.
    Add the milk and the cornstarch to a mixing bowl, then whisk them together or use a mixer to mix them together without any lumps.
  • Pour the milk and cornstarch mixture into the soup and lower the heat. Remember to stir the broccoli soup as you're adding the mixture to avoid any lumps.
    Once the milk mixture and the broccoli soup have married together, let the soup simmer on low for a few minutes before adding in the cheese.
  • Once the soup has reached the desired consistency, add in the cheddar cheese and allow it to melt into the soup.
    Sprinkle some garlic powder for more flavor, then taste the soup and check if more seasoning is needed.
  • Cook the broccoli cheese soup for about 10 minutes over low heat, then remove from the heat and serve with chopped thyme, and some extra cheddar cheese on top.
Nutrition
Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 14gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 1060mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g

 

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