Freezing Broccoli and Cheese Soup (Prepartion & Expiration)

Broccoli cheese soup is a delicious way to get some tasty and healthy broccoli in a filling, satisfying soup.

I love to make a big batch when the weather starts to get chilly and store my leftovers in the freezer. This allows me to warm a quick meal to enjoy on days that I just want to stay cozy.

You can freeze broccoli cheese soup for up to two months. You will need to make sure that it is at room temperature before putting it into a freezer-safe plastic container or bag. Leave some extra room to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes.

Can You Freeze Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Broccoli cheese soup is easy to prepare in a large batch. The ingredients are economical, easy to find, and a breeze to prepare.

Freezing broccoli cheese soup is a bit more complicated due to the cream and cheese in the soup. When you freeze broth-based soups, such as chicken noodle soup, their ingredients don’t separate.

Dairy-based soups like broccoli cheese soup can separate as they freeze. You can still freeze the soup and enjoy it later, just make sure to follow our how-to steps.

Stocking Up On Costco Broccoli Cheese Soup

Popular warehouse retailer Costco has a broccoli cheddar soup that fans rave about and for good reason.

They prepare and market it under their in-house brand, Kirkland Signature. You can often find it in the prepared foods section, near the deli meats and cheeses.

Costco sells products in bulk, including their Kirkland broccoli cheddar soup. It often comes in a two-batch package, with each batch in a separate plastic container.

Unless you are feeding a large crowd, chances are that you will not need that much soup for one meal.

Freeze the right in the container that it comes in. In the 10 years that I have been shopping at Costco (and buying their delicious soup), I have always seen it come in a heavy-duty plastic container that is perfect for the freezer.

After finishing up the soup, I have even washed and saved the container to store my own homemade soups!

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Tip: Put one container of Kirkland broccoli cheddar soup in the freezer when you get home. Store the other in your fridge or heat it up for your next meal.

This way you will not forget and will have some soup on hand to enjoy on another day.

What To Do With Leftover Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheese soup from Panera Bread Company is another popular option. The steps to freeze Panera broccoli cheese soup will depend on where and how you order it.

Freezing Leftover Soup

If you find that you just aren’t able to finish the soup that you ordered at Panera, you can take it home and put it in the freezer.

Most of the time, Panera serves its soups in heavy-duty, wax-lined paper bowls. If you need one to take your leftover soup home, you can ask at the register for assistance.

Once you get home, transfer your leftover soup to a container meant for the freezer. Make sure that it is completely cool before you put the lid on the container. This is a critical step to freezing leftover broccoli cheese soup.

Get as much of the air out of the container as you can, while still leaving some room for the liquid to expand. Place the container in the freezer for another day.

Freezing Soup In A Bread Bowl

Panera also serves any of its soups in a sourdough bread bowl. Delicious! If you have ordered broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl, you will need to transfer it to a take-home container and later to a freezer-safe container to store it in the freezer.

You can store your leftover bread bowl in the freezer but don’t expect it to have as good of a flavor or consistency after being defrosted.

Because it is likely pretty saturated with soup before being frozen, it’s best to just finish it up. You can also cut it into squares and toast it to make croutons, which can then be stored.

Freezing Soup From The Store

Panera now sells their famous broccoli cheese soup in the supermarket. If you have picked up a container of soup and decided that you don’t want to eat it right away, you can freeze it. The plastic is freezer-safe but not as heavy-duty as the containers from Costco.

If you are worried about your container leaking or breaking, you can always transfer the soup to one made of heavier plastic.

Like when freezing any soup, make sure that there is a bit of space left at the top for the soup to expand.

If you have bought the soup and want to freeze it right away, there is probably already enough space at the top for this expansion.

Can You Freeze Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Freezing homemade broccoli cheese soup is a great way to store extra for another day. Broccoli cheese soup is easy to make in a large batch and is perfect for meal prep.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

When you are ready to freeze homemade broccoli cheese soup, make sure that it is completely cool before putting it into a freezer container. I like to transfer the soup from the pot that I cooked it to another bowl to help it cool faster.

How Long Can You Freeze Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Broccoli cheese soup will last in the freezer for up to two months. You should mark the container with the date that you froze the soup so that you know how long it will last.

Signs that your soup has gone bad can include a bad smell and visible mold. The cream in the soup is the most likely ingredient to go bad, whether the soup is stored in the fridge or the freezer.

If your soup smells sour, it’s best to throw it away rather than risk food poisoning.

Tip: Freeze soup in individual portions or meal-sized portions for your family. This makes it easier to defrost and reheat the soup and cuts down on waste.

How To Freeze Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Freezing broccoli cheese soup can be done by following these steps.

  1. Let the soup completely cool. It should be at room temperature when you are ready to freeze it.
  2. Transfer the soup to a freezer-safe container. If storing in an upright container, leave some room for the liquid to expand as it freezes. You can also store the soup in a heavy-duty plastic bag made for the freezer. Lay the bag of soup horizontally in your freezer until it has frozen solid. You can then store it vertically to save space.
  3. Store the soup for up to two months in the freezer.
  4. Defrost by placing the container or bag of frozen soup in the fridge for 24 hours.
  5. Reheat the soup on the stove or in the microwave and enjoy!

Does Cheesy Broccoli Soup Freeze Well?

Broccoli cheese soup is not the best soup to store in the freezer, although it can be done and will keep it fresh and safe to eat.

The biggest problem with broccoli cheese soup occurs when the cream in the broth separates.

This can result in broth that is both watery and chunky, since the cream’s solid parts may not easily mix back with the liquid portion.

To prevent this, make sure that your broccoli cheese soup is completely cool before transferring it to your freezer container or bag.

Preserving Broccoli Cheese Soup With Milk

Yes, broccoli cheese soup made with milk can be frozen following the same steps for broccoli cheese soup made with cream.

You should always make sure that your soup is at room temperature before placing it in its freezer container.

Can You Freeze Other Soups With Cheese?

Freezing any soup with cheese can be tricky. Broccoli cheese soup is a great example of the steps to follow for any dairy-based soup.

If your soup has cheese, cream, or milk as part of the base, follow our how-to guide to make sure that it is as delicious when you defrost it as it was before it was stored in the freezer.

If your soup has cheese as a garnish on top, such as tortilla soup with shredded cheese, the risk of the solid cheese separating is much lower.

It’s still a good idea to let the soup come to room temperature before freezing to keep it safe from harmful bacteria growth.

Final Thoughts

Storing broccoli cheese soup in the freezer is a fantastic way to take advantage of extra soup, whether you have made a big batch, bought it at the store, or brought it home as leftovers from a restaurant.

When freezing broccoli cheese soup, you should always make sure that it is at room temperature before placing it in a freezer-safe container (with some extra room for expansion) and enjoy it within two months of freezing.

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