Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons

I think it’s now officially soup season!

How about some Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons and Ham Dippers?  I originally posted this soup in 2013, but it is so good it’s worth sharing again…

broccoli soup

Fresh broccoli, onions, carrots, broth, milk and extra sharp cheddar, how could this not be delicious~


Don’t you think the best part of soup is having a tasty dipper?


Saute the onions and carrots


Add the sauteed vegetables to the slow cooker with broccoli cut into florets


Pour in broth


You can put this together in the morning or the night before and put the ceramic insert from your slow cooker in the refrigerator

Then in the afternoon,  put it into the slow cooker to cook.  I started it on high for about an hour since it was chilled, then turned it to low for the next 3 hours.  About 30-60 minutes before serving, blend in the milk, flour and cheese


Puree the soup with an immersion blender right before adding the cheese~


While the cheese is melting and the milk and flour are doing their magic to the soup, toss the cornbread croutons  into a skillet.  Add a drizzle of oil and  2T butter.  Increase heat to medium high so you can get a little brown on them before they soak up all the butter


Set the cornbread aside and add the ham to the skillet to warm and caramelize a bit

broccoli soup

Place a crouton and a piece of ham on top for garnish with additional cheese and serve more on the side for nibbling and dunking

Slow Cooker Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons and Ham Dippers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course, slow cooker, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • slow cooker


  • 6 cups fresh broccoli
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups very sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup reserved
  • olive oil
  • nutmeg S&P
  • 3 T butter
  • baked cornbread {I got mine in the bakery at Publix}
  • cooked ham cut into 1-2 inch pieces


  • Cut off thick tough stems of broccoli and rough chop the florets. Toss into an oil sprayed slow cooker. Cook the carrots and onion in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add to slow cooker. Pour in stock. At this point you can refrigerate if desired.
  • Set slow cooker to low and cook for 3 1/2 hours {or if soup is cold, start it on high for 1 hour and then reduce to low}. Puree soup with an immersion blender until it is the texture that you like. Season with S&P and some freshly grated nutmeg. Whisk milk with flour and add to soup. Add 3/4 of the cheese, reserving some for garnish. Stir and cover pot and continue to cook on low for 30-45 more minutes. Serves 4-6


Cornbread Croutons and ham:
Cut prepared cornbread into 1-2 inch cubes. Saute in a hot skillet over medium high heat with butter and olive oil quickly to crisp. Set aside and quickly fry ham pieces to heat and caramelize.
Keyword Broccoli Soup, Cornbread croutons, slow cooker broccoli soup

A perfect meal for a fall evening! 

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21 Responses to “Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons”
  1. Lynn says:

    Yep, 41 degrees in Philly right now, definitely soup season! This sounds good:@)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Did I miss how much broccoli in the recipe? I have only had a few sips of my coffee.

  3. Jodi says:

    I want to come live and cook and paint with you!! 🙂

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    Yum, I can smell and taste this dish already.

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Broccoli and cheese soup is my favorite soup! I can’t wait to try this. I love any excuse to eat soup. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  6. Yes it is soup season, and broccoli cheddar is one of my favorites. Add a slow cooker to the mix, and this is my kind of recipe. I love the addition of ham and croutons.

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    Yes, to soup season! 😋 The best part of cooler weather is soup in my opinion. 🍲 Yours looks delish, love broccoli-cheese soup! 🥦 And love your drawing too! 💗

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my! YUM to this! Bring it on! Thank You Jenna! 😄 Pinned!

  9. Mary says:

    Sound delicious Jenna and I’m THRILLED it is finally soup weather!! ♥

  10. Yay for soup season Jenna! I need to prepare this broccoli soup for my dad, he loves broccoli-cheese soup. It looks so yummy with the cornbread croutons and ham. Have a wonderful day❤️

  11. Rita C. says:

    That’s a classic, Jenna. I usually buy Panera’s, but love having this recipe to pin so I can make my own, Thank you!

  12. Snap says:

    Yummy! It is definitely soup time. Your recipe is very similar to a cauliflower soup recipe that I love. I’m going to try yours … love broccoli!

  13. Jenny Sparmo says:

    This looks delicious! Plus I love slow cooker recipes, pinning to try! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday

  14. Miz Helen says:

    Yummy Broccoli Soup and I really love the idea of your cornbread croutons! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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