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Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

This cheesy vegetable chowder is packed with veggies and flavor! It’s one of my family’s all-time favorite dinner recipes. Perfect for chilly evenings.

One of my family's favorite dinners is this cheesy vegetable chowder packed with flavor!

This recipe has a long history with my little family. I got the original version from my sister-in-law when my husband and I were newlyweds. We had just moved into our condo with the bright red kitchen. I have such fond memories of that kitchen!

Anyway, the only veggies in the recipe back in those days were potatoes, and it called for turkey bacon. I remember thinking “heck no!” to turkey bacon and using regular bacon instead. It made the soup soooooo salty; it’s a wonder I kept making it after that, although I never again used bacon of any kind! And it originally only served 2, which was fine at the time but not really enough for a growing family.

Fast-forward seven years and it has morphed into a cheesy, comforting vegetable chowder packed with veggies that are good for you, and give the soup some much-needed color! It is one of our family favorites–even the kids love it–and now that the weather has cooled off a little, will resume its weekly appearance on our dinner menu.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder has consistently been one of the most popular recipes here on Lulu the Baker since I first shared it. I love hearing from readers who make it for their families once and love it so much that they add it to their own regular recipe rotation. I know you’ll love it too.

*If you’re looking for crockpot directions for Cheesy Vegetable Chowder, several commenters have left their instructions in the comments section below!

One of my family's favorite dinners is this cheesy vegetable chowder packed with flavor!

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

This is one of my family's all-time favorite dinner recipes! It is easy to make and tastes delicious.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped (feel free to add more celery if you like celery; I don't, so I don't add much)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth (I usually use a mixture of low-sodium chicken broth and broth made with chicken soup base because it gives it such nice flavor)
  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese


    Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender. Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through. Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.

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554 thoughts on “Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

  1. I processed all the vegetables (except the potatoes) in a mini food processor as my food challenged children are not big veggie fans! It certainly cut down on the cooking time. We loved this soup!

  2. Just finished my first batch in the crock pot. The cheddar cheese clumped up so I removed it ( stuck to the whisk so was easy to remove most of it). Added Velveeta instead and have to say it is awesome. Am going to try to freeze it and also will be having this for lunch at work. Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe.

  3. I substituted 12 ounces of the liquid (water & broth) for a can of beer and used vegetable broth base to make this vegetarian friendly. A household favorite after the first bite!

  4. Found this on Pinterest today and had it for dinner tonight…it was delicious!!! I added some potato flakes at the end because it didn’t thicken as much as I wanted it to. My husband said it was a keeper! (felt good on my sore throat too)

  5. Love this quick, easy & veggie filled soup! The kids ate it up with no complaints. I thickened my soup with a scoop of mashed potato flakes at the end, instead of the flour, and it turned out very well. Thanks for the “pinspiration”!

  6. Attention all crockpot lovers…i made a SUCCESSFUL pot of this DELICIOUS soup and here’s how:

    I placed 2 cans of vegetable broth (im a vegetarian) in the crockpot with all the other ingredients minus the water, flour, cheese and milk. I saw the previous recommendation of 4cups of broth being too much but i added a cup more of broccoli and OMITTED the water to “make up” for it – it was still kinda runny but ill explain more about that later. Instead of celery and carrots, i used a broccoli slaw mix sold in the produce section at the grocery store next to all the bagged lettuce etc. I cut up 2 medium potatoes (skin on-i like it better that way) I used frozen broccoli and fresh onion. I didn’t saute anything, just plopped it all in. im pretty lazy. I added salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and put crockpot on high for 5-6 hours. then once the potatoes were soft, i heated up fat free half and half in place of the milk to make it more creamy i added 1 tbsp of flour and stirred to make a rue. it didn’t quite make it and thicker so i added the runny rue to the crockpot and stirred as i put in cornstarch. i stirred until it was a consistency i wanted. then i added 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese stirred and stirred some more. i put it back to low for about a half an hour and then i ate it. i ate a lot of it. it was good and came out great. hope this solves everyone’s crockpot question. i took on the challenge and i succeeded happily šŸ™‚

  7. This soup is delicious! The weather is cooler and I have been looking for a great new soup. Thank You! You have a fun site and I’m looking forward to spending more time looking through it and making some more of your recipes. I totally agree about the Carmelitas… greatest dessert ever! And as my Mom used to say.. they have oatmeal in them so that makes them breakfast bars. Brilliant.

  8. Just made this a couple nights ago and it was a hit! I added zuchinni to mine. I also used cornstarch instead of flour. I used my immersion blender and blended it just a little bit to help thicken it a little more. It was really good the next day as well! Thanks a bunch. My meat loving DH even said it was delicious!

  9. I found this on Pinterest, thank you for sharing it! It was so good! I also added some cauliflower (I used frozen broccoli and cauliflower for convenience and it worked perfect) and served it with crusty bread, it was perfect for dipping! It didn’t thicken like I would like when I used flour so I added a little cornstarch too and it was just right. Love how easy it is to customize!

  10. I found this on Pinterest and am SOOOOO happy I did. I followed the directions exactly and it turned out amazing! I paired with some homemade biscuits and it was the perfect dinner for a cold night. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow šŸ™‚ Thanks Lulu the Baker!

  11. How many people will this exact recipe feed? I am making it tonight for dinner. Though I wanted to try the crock pot way it sounds like more people aren’t having good luck that route, so on the stove I will go. I would like to know if I need to double this though.

  12. I just made this && am sat down enjoying a bowl now!!! I added cauliflower & a dash of red pepper flakes & Frank’s Red Hot (because I love a little zing!) It is absolutely delicious!!!!! Thanks for the recipe! Will definatley be making this again!!!!

  13. YUM! I had a few of the items listed to use but had to exchange and mix and match. It worked though!! I only had some stir fry frozen veggies so I simmered those in the butter to thaw and make them softer and precooked. (I am not totally finished cooking, but at my rate of taste testing I may not have any left for dinner! (; ) I added some frozen peas and carrots I also had left over and cooked them in with the stir fry veggies. I set the cooked veggies aside and cooked the onions and celery as directed. Shredded monterey cheese while the celery/onions were cooking. I did add one chicken boullion cube in some of the hot broth and then added it to the mix. It gave it a bit extra salted and chicken flavor. I got a spoonful of the soup and tried it out with the monterey cheese and Mmmmmmmm! If my kids dont like it,they are nuts but that will mean more for me! Thanks!

  14. I could not get this to work out right in the crockpot. I left the cheese and milk out until 20 minutes prior to serving and the cheese just fell to the bottom. I used additional cheese for serving and that helped. I did not see the comment about reducing the broth, but mine was really thin, so I suggest trying to use half. Also, I cooked mine on low for 6 hrs and the potatoes were not done. I recommend sticking to the stove top recipe.

  15. So, so, so, so good and easy once everything’s chopped! Will up the broccoli next time around and it seems like you could use any veggie!. We had a can of crab meat to use and put it in….tasty! Used veg broth and quinoa flour and both were fine substitutes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Saw this on Pinterest a while back and finally got around to making it tonight, since the cold dreary weather outside made it a perfect time. I cooked it just as directed, minus the onion (boyfriend used my last onion which I had planned to use without telling me lol) but it still turned out really good. I’m a slow veggie chopper and I chopped my carrots pieces in 4ths and the celery slices in half. Potato pieces were about 1/2″ size, give or take. I started by cutting up all the veggies which took about an hour, then prepared it according to the directions. Since the potatoes were so small, it only took about 15-20 minutes for them to cook all the way thru. I was able to find some frozen chopped broccoli at the store. I added a small amount of salt & pepper to the pot (TBSP each?) and served with just a loaf of toasted deli garlic-buttered bread. Total time from chopping to eating was about 2 hours. Will definitely be adding this to my regular menu items, only next time I will have to double since this was such a big hit!!

  17. I added the zucchini to it too and loved it…only one thing…adding the flour with the butter is the only way I found to blend the flour in smoothly. No matter how well I whisked the soup when adding the flour/water mixture it still ended up with flour bits. I would suggest then adding the flour after the garlic, then simmer your potatoes.

  18. I find this recipe bland as well. I can’t understand why so many people like it that much…no spices at all? Meh, I won’t be making this again.

  19. I made this last night for dinner and am eating leftovers right this moment for lunch. Oh.My.YUM! great recipe that I will definitely make again. My wife doesn’t even like soup and she said this one was really good!
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. I made this today in a slow cooker. I sauted the onion, carrot and celery in the butter, then added all to the crockpot. Added the broth and potatoes and cooked on low for 7 – 8 hours. I added 2 extra potatoes, sliced about an 1/2 inch thick. After the potatoes were cooked, I took the sliced potatoes out. I used my stick blender and mashed the sliced potatoes with the milk. I then addded the mixture back into the crockpot and stirred. This thickened the soup without having to use flour. Added the broccoli (from frozen) and heated until the broccoli was warm. Added the cheese and stirred until blended. It turned out well, but is bland for us. Will add seasonings next time.

  21. Have made this a few times already. We LOVE it. It is my 7month old’s favorite meal hands down! I freeze some for her to have later. Today I’m making it and am going to double it, there is never enough and it is just my hubby, baby and I eating it! Thanks for sharing!

  22. I made this but my cheese didn’t melt into the soup it just chunked up and stuck to the broccoli. Any idea what I might have done wrong. I did buy a block of cheese and shred it myself because I don’t buy shredded cheese. Could that be why?

    1. Hi Stacy. I’ve used both pre-shredded cheese and cheese that I shredded myself. I think the cheese clumps when the chowder isn’t quite thick enough. You can add more flour/water or try some cornstarch/water. Other commenters have said they’ve added instant potato flakes to thicken it, and I always try to use really starchy potatoes.

  23. Made this tonight and it was excellent! Don’t forget to add salt and pepper to taste. This made 6 one cup servings for us and the Weight Watchers Points Plus Value came to 7 per cup.

  24. I made this tonight and I wasn’t that impressed. I was really hopeful due to everyone’s great comments. The cheese seperated into chunks. The flavor was just eh… it was decent but I don’t think I’ll try it again.

  25. Made this tonight!! Left the celery out and added more potatoes! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It was excellent!

  26. I have made this twice now in the crock pot, not over the stove top. It was a hit with my family of SIX… and I have some picky eaters. I can’t say I followed the recipe exactly, but fairly close. In addition to using a crock pot, I used brown rice flour to make this a gluten free meal. I had to add more flour to thicken it up, but we thought it was great. The cheese does clump a bit in the crock pot, but I turned the temp up to high and stirred as much as I could. I found that when I reheated it, the cheese wasn’t so clumpy–maybe because it doesn’t get as hot in the crock? Also, I used much less garlic the first time and about half the suggested garlic the second time. For us, it was too much even with half, so that would be something I would add to taste. I just can’t get over how delicious this meal is. It tastes like something you’d get when you go out to eat. It’s very rich and hearty and perfect for a cool fall or winter day. Oh, and it’s fantastic left over. Bonus!!

  27. I agree it was thin so I will try mashing the potato’s a bit next time. Otherwise it was good and left overs the next day were excellent.

  28. Ok, I thought it only right to leave a comment since I’ll be making this…again…for like, the 5th time!
    I cook according to the recipe, almost always doubling this!
    I freeze it for quick meals and it reheats just great!

  29. I made this for dinner tonight, DELICIOUS!!

    I used vegan Better than Bouillon instead of chicken base, and so added my own salt. I used a little too much base and salt, so it overpowered the dish a little. I’ll go easier on that next time, but otherwise the recipe was amazing, that part was my fault!!

    I was concerned that 4 cups of liquid wouldn’t be enough while boiling down the potatoes, but it ended up being plenty. Anyone else who is concerned about that, worry no more, it will be fine! =)

    THANK YOU for the delicious recipe!

  30. Dinner tonight and it smells delicious! I made some homemade breadsticks to go along with it. I can’t wait for dinner!! Thank you for this recipe.

  31. Found this on Pinterest as well and thought it sounded yummy. Added some grilled chicken breasts cubed to add to the chicken pot pie taste and up the protein. Delish! An instant family favorite, one I am sure I will make often. Thanks so much!

  32. Followed a link from Katrina’s blog at This looks delicious – can’t wait to try it!

  33. Just made this & added some frozen sweet corn, half of a zuchinni & cooked 2 slices of bacon & crumbled on top. It was delicious! Even if I hadn’t added a few things I’m sure it would be awesome. I’ll be making this often!

  34. I just worked out the calories, and wanted to share. I don’t count carbs, sodium or anything else, and this required a ton of math, so I just stuck with calories. Hope it is helpful to some!

    A few notes on what I used:
    chicken bullion (1tsp=10 cal)
    2% milk
    1.5 huge potatoes were used, as mine were turning green- not healthy! (384 grams of potatoes total)
    medium cheddar regular, NOT 2%

    Total calories in the pot: 1300
    Total: 6 cups
    1 cup = 217 calories

    And yes, this is so good! The broth is a little thinner than I’d like but it is so full of delicious vegetables, I’ve made my lunches for the week! I have made many broccoli cheddar type soups, and they all turn out grainy from the cheese (as I refuse to try those with Velveeta!) This is so smooth, try it!

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