Cream of broccoli soup
A cream of broccoli soup prepared with purée de broccoli
Broccoli is a main ingredient in cream of broccoli soup.

Cream of broccoli soup is a soup prepared with broccoli, stock, and milk or cream as primary ingredients. Ingredient variations exist, as do vegan versions. It is also a commercially, mass-produced soup, often sold in cans. Several recipes use canned cream of broccoli soup as an ingredient,[1] such as its use with cooked chicken dishes and as a sauce.[2]

Ingredients and preparation methods

Primary ingredients are broccoli, stock and milk or cream.[3][4][5] The broccoli used may be chopped, sliced into small florets or puréed,[5][6][7][8] and some preparations combine both chopped and pureed broccoli.[8] Some versions may use frozen broccoli,[9] and the soup may be thickened using a roux.[10] Additional ingredients may include onion, celery, chicken broth, half and half,[4] egg yolk, herbs such as parsley, thyme and bay leaf, salt, pepper[3] and others. It is sometimes served garnished with croutons or broccoli florets.[3][5]

Mass production

Mass-produced commercial varieties of cream of broccoli soup are produced by various food manufacturers, such as the Campbell Soup Company, which debuted the soup in 1990.[1][2][11] The Campbell Soup Company devised it to be used as a soup and as an ingredient to be used in other dishes.[12] During the time of its debut in 1990, The Campbell Soup Company published a booklet of broccoli dishes that are prepared using their canned cream of broccoli soup, which was offered free to consumers through the provision of a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the company.[12] Some of the dishes in the booklet included "Easy broccoli bake" and "Two-step chicken broccoli divan".[12] After this soup's debut, the company devised and marketed additional cream of broccoli-style soups, such as broccoli cheese soup, chunky chicken broccoli cheese soup and cream of chicken and broccoli soup.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Winning Recipe May Change President's Vote on Broccoli". Beaver County Times. October 30, 1991. p. C4. Retrieved September 8, 2014 – via Google News.
  2. ^ a b "Campbell's Cooks Up Another Winner". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, UT. October 9, 1990. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c De Gouy, Louis P. (1974). The Soup Book: Over 800 Recipes. New York: Dover. pp. 145–146. ISBN 978-0-4861-4449-8 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b Hanson, BJ; Hanson, Jeanne (2008). The Everything Soup Cookbook. Avon: Adams Media. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-6055-0571-8 – via Google Books.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Gisslen, Wayne; Griffin, Mary Ellen (2006). Professional Cooking for Canadian Chefs (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-4716-6377-5 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Pitman, Lynda (2009). Aunt Lynda's Cookbook. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-4389-7598-6 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Scott, Liz (2003). The Sober Kitchen. Boston: Harvard Common Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-5583-2220-2 – via Internet Archive.
  8. ^ a b Bensen, Kim (2010). Finally Thin!: How I Lost over 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off—And How You Can Too. New York: Broadway Books. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-7679-2951-6 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Beacom, Barry (2011). More Than Your First Cookbook. Mustang, OK: Tate Pub. & Enterprises. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-6134-6104-4 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Browned Roux Cream of Broccoli Soup". Miami Herald. February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Shea, Lisa (2014) [2010]. Microwave Low Carb Recipes (Revised ed.). Lulu. p. 29. ISBN 978-1-257-99963-7 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ a b c "Campbell's offers booklet of quick broccoli dishes". The Item. Sumter, SC. October 24, 1990. p. 8C. Retrieved September 8, 2014 – via Google News.
  13. ^ "Tidbits: Popcorn". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. February 10, 1998. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.