This Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice is ready to serve in just over an hour!
Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice
Last weekend Nick asked me to buy some veggies he could eat for snacks, so when I was at Sam’s Club, I bought giant bags of Broccoli, Celery, and Carrots.
I knew the kids liked them too, and they eat A LOT, so I wasn’t worried about them going bad before they could eat them all.
Then I remembered the kids can’t eat them raw due to their braces.
They used to enjoy the Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup, but there isn’t a Panera that’s reasonably close to us, and they don’t like it in the Panera containers that Sam’s Club sells because it isn’t “fresh” enough for them.
So, I decided to make some at home, adding in a few other items to create an Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice.
I browsed the internet looking over a variety of recipes for Broccoli Cheese Soup.
None really met the parameters I had in mind, so I decided to just throw some stuff together and see what happened.
I considered putting it in bread bowls, but they were $5 each at the market this week, and $20 for bread alone for ONE MEAL was not in my budget, it got served in bowls 🙂
Normally when I try a new recipe, I’ll make it several times making adjustments here and there, and I won’t write it down until it’s perfect (for us).
I’ll be honest, I really did not expect this one to go well, because I had ingredients I was just throwing in, and it was a very easy broccoli cheese soup recipe.
At the end, I added chicken and rice, so maybe we’ll call it… Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice.
It was easy. I used only one pot. Broccoli. Cheddar Cheese. Chicken. Rice. Bam – it has a name 🙂
*Shown as an example so you know what the package looks like when shopping in-store. I purchased mine at a Wholesale Club in a bulk size, so the pricing was MUCH more affordable 🙂
I don’t have the ingredient or in process pictures, because I really wasn’t prepared to share the recipe just yet.
Once the family tested it, they proclaimed it AMAZING and insisted I share it immediately.
I shared it with a quick phone snapshot and had several messages asking for the recipe, so here it is.
No fancy picture set up, they let me use the last scoop of soup in a bowl to snap two pictures, then they ate it.
Not one drop was leftover for lunch the next day.
I may make it in the slow cooker next time too because I think it would work well on low for 6-8 hours.
Here’s is how I prepared this Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice Recipe:
I melted half a stick of butter in my Dutch Oven.
I already had my carrots, celery, broccoli, and onions peeled & diced and stuck in the freezer in a gallon freezer bag (I bought in bulk last week at Sam’s Club, prepped them when I got home bagged together & labeled for how I was using them).
I threw the frozen veggies in with the melted butter and let them unthaw, and cook until softened.
I added the garlic powder, salt & pepper, and Italian seasoning as they cooked.
Once they were ready, I poured in the cheese, chopped chicken, chicken broth, McCormick Slow Cookers Cheddar Broccoli Soup Seasoning, and brought the liquid to a boil.
I reduced heat and let it simmer, stirring every half hour.
When we were about 30 minutes away from eating, I added the rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Butter & Garlic Rice, the bags cook in the microwave for 90 seconds, but when using in a soup I do not microwave it, I just add it to the soup).
I let that simmer on medium-low for about 30 minutes then served with garlic bread sticks.
My original plan was bread bowls, but at my local market they were $5.99 each – I would’ve needed 4 and didn’t want to pay $24 for bread alone, so we passed on that.
Next time, I might bake my own, but they liked it really well with the breadsticks!
Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 5 medium-sized carrots sliced
- 3 cups broccoli chopped
- 1 celery stalk sliced
- 1 32 oz box chicken broth
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 pkg McCormick slow cooker seasoning - broccoli & cheese soup
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 cups chicken chopped
- 2 bags uncle bens butter & garlic rice
- 4 cups shredded cheese
- Melt butter in Dutch Oven
- Prepare veggies (slice, dice, etc) and add to melted butter in Dutch Oven. Cook until softened.
- Add garlic powder, salt & pepper, & Italian seasoning.
- Pour in Chicken Broth, Chopped Chicken, McCormick Seasoning, and Shredded Cheese.
- Stir while bringing to a boil.
- Reduce heat and let it simmer, stirring every half hour.
- About 30 minutes prior to desired serving time, add the rice. (I used Uncle Ben's Butter & Garlic Rice, the bags cook in the microwave for 90 seconds, but when using in a soup I do not microwave it, I just add it to the soup).
- Simmer on medium-low for about 30 minutes.
- Serve with Garlic Breadsticks. Enjoy!
These are a few items I use in my own kitchen when preparing this Easy One Pot Broccoli & Cheese Soup with Chicken & Rice Recipe:
PiggiesC Silicone Soup Funnel Kitchen Gadget Tools Water Deflector ToolRachael Ray Cucina Tools Lazy Ladle, Cranberry RedKOVOT Set of 4 Speckled Ceramic Soup Bowls With Spoons – 22-Ounces EachOXO Good Grips Y PeelerHOMWE Kitchen Cutting Board (3-Piece Set) | Juice Grooves w/ Easy-Grip Handles | BPA-Free, Non-Porous, Dishwasher Safe | Multiple Sizes (Set of Three, Gray)8-Inch Multipurpose Stainless Steel Chef Knife with ABS Handle by Utopia Kitchen