Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup is delicious 'comfort food' soup made with broccoli, onion, cheese, & tasty seasonings. This Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a great family meal!
Add the broccoli, carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, nutmeg, dijon, chicken broth, and evaporated milk to the slow cooker. Stir. Cook on High for 2 1/2 hours or Low for 3 1/2 hours.
Remove the bay leaf and discard.
If you don't want the soup chunky, use a potato masher, or, if you like a creamier soup, use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the soup.
Mash the butter and flour together well to form a paste (If butter isn't soft enough, microwave it up to 15 seconds to soften). Stir the mixture into the soup until well incorporated.
Add 1/2 of the shredded cheese and stir. Put the lid back on and turn slow cooker to Low and let cook for 30 more minutes.
Stir in the remaining cheese and serve soup with some crusty bread!
1. Freshly grated cheese melts better than bagged shredded cheese (many are coated with cellulose).
2. Substitute 1/4 of the cheddar with 4 oz of cream cheese for a richer soup.
3. Use half and half or other milk if you want to.