Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup

There is nothing that evokes autumnal cozy vibes quite like this Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup! My family loves devouring this rich and velvety soup so much. We’ve been eating it at least once a week for the past month, despite the fact that it is still hot here. Can someone please send Mother Nature a memo that it is supposed to be fall here in Georgia?

{{ The recipe and post for this Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup was made in partnership with the Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon. We received product and compensation in exchange for it. Opinions are always our own. If we don’t love it, you don’t hear about it. Thanks for your continued support!}} 

4 cream colored bowls are sitting on a weathered wooden table top . The bowls are filled with a golden colored broccoli cheddar soup. The soup is garnished with bright green blanched broccoli florets. There is also a large metal stock pot with teh soup in it and yellow and white cloth napkins on the table.

This broccoli cheddar soup can be made ahead, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

There is nothing that my daughter loves more after a long day of school and practice than coming home to a warm pot of this gluten free broccoli cheddar soup. Currently, with volleyball in full swing, she doesn’t get home until at least 6:15-6:30. This can make gathering together for dinner some nights a real challenge, due to the fact that Kash’s baseball practice starts at 6.

There are white bowls sitting on a table, they are filled with golden colored broccoli cheddar soup and topped with bright green broccoli florets. In the background there is a large silver soup pot behind the pot is a woman in a green and black flannel shirt and a tan linen apron tied around her waist. She is ladling soup from the silver pot into another white bowl with a silver ladle. There is a drop of soup dripping from the bottom of the ladle back into the pot.

Honestly, feeding an extremely active family that is always on the run can be hard at times. It has been a real juggling act this year to get a warm dinner, like this broccoli cheddar soup, on the table for everyone.

That’s where my Durotherm comes in! Lately, on the evenings that Kash has baseball games, I’ve been breaking out my Durotherm Hold and Serve. I don’t normally endorse lots of extra kitchen gear. However, I have to say that this Durotherm ACTUALLY makes my life easier. A piping hot meal awaiting my daughter when she gets home, even though I’m not actually there, makes my mom guilt a little easier to tolerate. I don’t have to do anything special or learn any new tricks to work my Durotherm either. I simply cook in the pot, and then place the hold and serve on its hot plate. It keeps our meal piping hot for up 2 hours! That’s my kind of magic!

Another thing I really LOVE about the Durotherm Hold and Serve is that its handles stay nice and cool while our soup is bubbling hot inside. I don’t have to worry about Eliza’s hands getting burned if she grabs the lid or handles of the pot when she’s serving herself a bowl. I definitely can’t say that for any other soup pots I own.

A woman is grating a carrot on a metal grater that is sitting on top of a wooden chopping block. There are 2 orange carrots laying on teh chopping block as well as a pile of shredded carrots. The woman is wearing a green and black flannel shirt and has a tan linen apron tied around her waist.

Did someone say Christopher Kimball?!?

Besides my beloved Durotherm Hold and Serve, Christopher Kimball ( Yes, THE Christopher Kimball of 177 Milk Street) teamed up with Kuhn Rikon to create an entire line of kitchenware products. They are designed with you and me, the everyday cooks, in mind.  I’ve been searching for a decent all-purpose grater for a while now. Most of the ones I have tried are flimsy and don’t hold up to the abuse that I dish out in the kitchen. However, this all-purpose grater  is super sturdy and shows no sign of buckling under the pressure.

Want to see what other delicious things I’m whipping up in my Durotherm Hold and Serve? Just check out my Spicy Peanut Soup with Butternut & Collards!

If you’ve tried Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe, I would be so grateful if you would rate it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours!

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4 cream colored bowls are sitting on a weathered wooden table top . The bowls are filled with a golden colored broccoli cheddar soup. The soup is garnished with bright green blanched broccoli florets. There is also a large metal stock pot with teh soup in it and yellow and white cloth napkins on the table.

Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup


This weeknight warrior comes together in about 45 minutes, feeds a crowd, or fills a freezer! To freeze simply allow the soup to cool completely then transfer the soup to freezer bags, eliminate any air pockets, seal tight,  and lay flat on a sheet pan until frozen solid. This soup will keep for up to a week in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer.

Don’t forget to rate the recipe, and let me know what you think about this Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup in the comments below. I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours!



1 very large head or 3 small heads broccoli chopped into florets and stems

1/4 cup salted butter

1 medium white onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup shredded carrot

1/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour

1 quart vegetable stock

1 cup whole milk

1 cup half and half

2 cups (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper

For serving, Aleppo pepper flakes (optional), and flaky sea salt


1. Fill your DUROTHERM® Hold and Serve, 3/4 of the way with water and a few big pinches of salt, bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes until it is bright green and fork tender, but still slightly crispy.

2. Drain and transfer the broccoli from the Durotherm Hold and Serve to a bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled set aside about 1 cup of the florets for  garnish.

3. Wipe out the Durotherm Hold and Serve, place over medium heat, and melt the butter. Once melted, add the onions, garlic, and shredded carrot. Cook until veggies soften, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

4. Stir in the gluten free all-purpose flour. Cook for 1 minute to coat the vegetables, and then start to slowly pour in the vegetable stock. Stir constantly as you pour in the stock to avoid lumps. Once all of the stock is added, bring the soup up to a low simmer. Add the milk, half and half, and the remaining blanched broccoli. Place the lid on the Durotherm Hold and Serve and simmer for about 10 minutes over low heat.

5. Blend the soup with an immersion blender just until all of the big chunks are broken down but the soup still has lots of texture.

6 Add the grated cheese, salt, and pepper to the pureed soup and stir over low heat until the cheese has melted. Taste soup and season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.

7. Place the DUROTHERM® Hold and Serve on its heat retaining base with the lid on and the soup will stay nice and warm for up to 2 hours.

8. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with reserved broccoli florets, Aleppo pepper flakes if using, and flaky sea salt.


If you are making this soup in something other than a DUROTHERM Hold and Serve cook the soup as desired and serve immediately.

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