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Under 30 Minutes

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Although broccoli can be found in grocery stores throughout the year, it is at its peak from October through April.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Creamy Broccoli Soup

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, florets separated, stems peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add nutmeg; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.

  2. Stir in broth, 1 1/2 cups water, oats, and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until broccoli is tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Puree soup in batches, filling blender halfway. Return to pot. Season with salt and pepper.

Reviews (25)

  • felideabreu 12 Feb, 2015

    love this recipe, i added a grated garlic clove and instead of chicken broth i used meat broth because i didn't have any . I think this recipe can perfectly serve 5 persons. Perfect winter soup

  • carolynfm 10 Nov, 2012

    I first made this soup a couple of years ago. Both my boys love it! I use it as a sauce for pasta as well. Perhaps the other people used too many oats. Big thumbs up from my 3year old and my 7 year old!

  • charitylong 14 Jan, 2012

    This recipe was awful. I added two blocks of cheddar cheese and still all it tasted like was oats!

  • charitylong 14 Jan, 2012

    This recipe was awful. I added two blocks of cheddar cheese and still all it tasted like was oats!

  • Moxie3314 13 Dec, 2011

    I went to make this last night and was unable to find the nutmeg so to give it some flavor I added minced garlic, paprika, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Turned out delicious! My boyfriend, who doesn't care for broccoli, enjoyed it because it had a bit of a kick to it. I also added shredded carrots that I had for the salad with had with the meal. Thought it added a nice color to the soup.

  • vwittmann 3 Jul, 2011

    I cooked it the other day, and even my fussy brother liked it

  • junkforann 19 Jan, 2011

    Wow, I'm really surprised at how well this turned out! Frankly, I didn't expect to like it. But the oatmeal really does work as a thickener and gives the soup a nice color. It's very mild, so there needs to be some spice or strong flavors in the rest of the meal. Overall, though, it's quick, nutritious, and pleasant.

  • LindaEM 12 Jan, 2011

    I made this soup last night and it was delicious. I did sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheese on top before I ate it.

  • v-wojcik 19 May, 2010

    The soup was great. I think I would add a bit less liquid next time to make it a bit thicker.
    Also, diets don't work. Only a change in lifestyle will help you to lose weight and keep it off - and restricting broccoli and onions (the only two things on this ingredient list that likely won't come with nutrition labels) is not a recipe for a healthy lifestyle.

  • ehguy11 2 Jan, 2010

    Change out the chicken broth for vegetable broth and you have a vegan soup! Easy and delicious! You can't beat creaminess without the cream!!

  • DLVMommy 23 May, 2008

    This soup was very easy to make. I found it to be very bland for my familys
    taste. I added minced garlic while the onions were cooking

  • asjoy 13 May, 2008

    This is a good soup. I added a little cayenne and garlic powder just to liven it up. As far as the nutritional info goes - yes, it is nice to have it included but we are all better off if we learn to know what is good for us rather than to depend on something printed on a label. There have been several cases of misinformation printed on labels.

  • DoloresZiegler 7 Mar, 2008

    Pretty awesome!

  • lauriedutcher 23 Feb, 2008

    I agree with the last comment. Do we have to be told everything...can't we think for ourselves anymore.? Good grief people. I for one have better things to do with my time than make nasty comments about what numbers are lacking in a great recipe.

  • KnitCrazyDeborah 22 Feb, 2008

    Oh Lazy, Lazy people! We Americans always want someone ELSE to do it!
    We all need to LEARN the food value of what goes into our mouths! DON"T DO IT, EDF!! Leave out the little numbers at the bottom of your recipes. Everyone should be able to read a recipe and KNOW that Broccoli is good for you, that oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol and is a GOOD fiber, that reduced sodium chicken broth is also GOOD,

  • bbrockhoff 22 Feb, 2008

    Can't you determine the nutritional values by reading the labels from your broth, etc.? The values are going change anyway if you make substitutes for the ingredients that are listed. I find the nutritional info most helpful when I'm buying things to stock my pantry.

  • nancycdavis 21 Feb, 2008

    I, too, agree that nutritional info should be on every recipe! If the authors ran it and put it on, that would save all of us from doing it--what a pain. I want to know what's I'm eating before I make it because, aren't we all on some kind of "diet", either for calories and fat or need fiber content, etc. Wake up, MSL!

  • Maplecreek 21 Feb, 2008

    Okinee - I was just going to write a similar complaint. I won't even try the recipes on the site or in the Everyday Foods or the MSL magazine because they lack nutritional info. I'm on a diet and hey, I'm working too hard to risk it on a "treat!" It's so frustrating because I am a long-time MSL fan and am finding myself drifting farther and farther away just because of this one stupid thing! I think before you guys add a new "service" you need to give a little our way!

  • laurens67 21 Feb, 2008

    don't know why my post cut off - also 10.5g protein per serving. This may vary depending on the ingredients you use.

  • laurens67 21 Feb, 2008

    okinee - based on info at, this has about 1.2g fat, 19g carb (mostly fiber), 2g sugar,

  • okinee 20 Feb, 2008

    I am a juvenile diabetic and so is my son. This recipe LOOKS great, but I can't even try it because you always FAIL to give the nutritional info with the carb content. How about getting into the 21st century and including nutrition info wiith the recipes!!!!

  • last_september 20 Feb, 2008

    this is wonderful soup! it is much lighter than a creamy soup made with cheese or milk. i also used veg broth, an easy and effective substitute.

  • arleneharris35 20 Feb, 2008

    Never thought of using oatmeal instead of milk to make creamy broccoli soup. I am a vegetarian so I will use a vegetiable broth insead of the chicken broth


  • paceca 20 Feb, 2008

    I used instant potato flakes in the past and it was tasty.

  • onepapillon 19 Feb, 2008

    Never thought of using oatmeal to thicken a soup. Will try this, but I'll use my stick blender instead.

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