Gordon Ramsay’s Broccoli Soup
March 13th, 2009 by Foodie

Gordon Ramsay made this soup in a competition against the owner/head chef of Clubway 41. Clubway 41 had a broccoli soup which consisted of 20 different ingredients, whereas Gordon Ramsay’s broccoli soup consisted of just 5! This soup really only contains 3 ingredients, should you choose to not count water and garnish as ingredients; “most importantly, this soup actually tastes of broccoli”!

Chef Ramsay has since expanded on this recipe to include goat cheese and walnuts. I’ve tasted the simpler version of this soup from Kitchen Nightmares and I can’t wait to try it with the two extra ingredients, it looks fabulous and my mouth is watering from writing this article!

There is a video at the end of the article if you would prefer to watch Gordon Ramsay prepare his Broccoli Soup.


  • 1 large or two medium broccoli clusters (as fresh as possible)
  • Salt (3 tsp.)
  • Ground Black Pepper (4-5 turns on the grind wheel)
  • Water
  • Olive Oil

if you want to make the fancy version in the video, you’ll also need two more ingredients:

  • Goat Cheese (2 slices per bowl)
  • Walnuts (about 5 per bowl)

Cooking Gordon Ramsay’s Broccoli Soup:

Bring water to a boil in a large stock pot. Add a large pinch of salt (1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp.). Add broccoli and boil rapidly.

You will want to slice your goat cheese at this point if you’re making the fancy version. Dip the knife into the boiling hot water before each slice for even smooth cuts. Cut two slices of goat cheese per bowl being served. After cutting, use the hot smooth side of your knife to smooth one side of the cheese slices for appearance.

Your broccoli is finished cooking when you can pierce it with little or no effort. Remove the stock pan from the stove burner. DO NOT POUR THE WATER OUT! Use a slotted spoon to add broccoli to a blender but be careful because it’s boiling hot! Pour enough of the water left over from cooking the broccoli to fill the blender half way. Add a pinch (or more) of salt. Use several pulses on your blender to break the broccoli up and then puree for several seconds.

If you are making the fancy version, add five walnuts to the bottom of a shallow bowl and then place pieces of goat cheese on top of them.

Pour soup into shallow bowl. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and serve at once! Delicious!

Please leave comments and let me know how this turns out for you.

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88 Responses  
  • Nancy writes:
    January 21st, 20127:26 pmat

    Just fantastic’!!!!!!!!!
    I have made this at least 10 times and it never disappoints. Have experimented with the broth. I have used a thinned Pho broth…….cubes I have found in Asian markets.

  • Sylvia writes:
    February 16th, 20122:43 amat

    I made the soup last night. It was absolutely marvelous, no need to add anything but what the recipe says, its creamy, tasty and smooth. Loved it!

  • Mugdha writes:
    February 20th, 20129:33 amat

    This is the easiest and yummy soup ever tried. Thank you so much.

  • yoven writes:
    March 4th, 20127:42 pmat

    lovely yummy :9 thanks for posting.. :)

  • Crystal writes:
    March 26th, 20127:16 amat

    How long can I keep this? If I want to make it for the week should I freeze it? And if I do freeze it, should I let it thaw before microwaving it? AMAZING soup by the way!

  • Chris writes:
    April 13th, 20128:22 pmat

    My hubby loved it. But I thought it was too runny- due to too large of broccoli chunks in the blender, so added too much water (half-way up the broccoli in the blender jar). Will probably try it again. We didn’t have your type cheese, but thought our feta cheese was good in it.

  • Full Sheets writes:
    April 13th, 20129:07 pmat

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  • Sharon writes:
    April 18th, 20123:22 pmat

    This was so delicious! Very quick and simple to make.

  • Khushboo writes:
    April 30th, 201210:30 amat


    The soup is lovely. Is there a replacement for goat’s cheese? What about mozarella?

    Thanks for posting


  • Amin Ali writes:
    May 14th, 20121:59 pmat

    Simple, fast and delicious!

  • Dante r kosasih writes:
    May 20th, 201210:14 amat

    You rock, Cheff Ramsay!!! Great soup for vegetarians for sure. Thank you

  • Sana writes:
    May 20th, 20121:45 pmat

    Just made it.. it is so easy and delicious.
    I was paying 4$ for this soup everyday for the past month.
    SAvings $$$$$ yay!

  • Foodie writes:
    May 22nd, 20126:18 pmat

    That would work, but it wont be as flavorful. Goat cheese has a distinct, powerful flavor. Maybe try a good French Feta, Cream Cheese, or Mascarpone.

  • Mary NZ writes:
    June 14th, 20121:12 amat

    was a bit skeptical, but this is actually really good! (and my husband (who doesn’t like un-souped broccoli) ate his whole bowl. Didn’t have goats cheese or walnuts, so put a little pile of ‘Tasty’ cheese on top and a generous sprinkle of sliced almonds and finished each bowl off under the grill, was delish!

  • Oby writes:
    June 17th, 20127:04 amat

    simple, scrumptious, satisfying!

  • Matt writes:
    July 12th, 20126:09 pmat

    I know Gordon Ramsay is famous, and there are many positive comments. And the video was excellent.

    But this recipe is awful. Granted, the goat cheese is a nice touch, but this is basically broccoli, water, salt and pepper. I don’t care how artful you are with salt and pepper, it’s just not going to compare with a soup that has 20 ingredients (or at least more than 4). I’ll try others on the the site, but this is not the best start.

  • sadia writes:
    August 8th, 201212:58 pmat

    I loved the soup its very simple and elegant. But I added a little salmon inside to make things different and instead of goat cheese I added sour cream it was amazingly good.

  • Janey writes:
    September 22nd, 20122:26 pmat

    Awesome soup ! I didn’t have walnuts, but did add the goat cheese. It was so quick and easy.. Def on my list for fall/winter. Thanks for posting !

  • Brian writes:
    September 22nd, 20124:08 pmat

    Cheap, easy, and filling, but I didn’t find the non-fancy version very tasty. I might be biased though, I don’t care for broccoli.

  • Brighid45 writes:
    October 6th, 20123:04 pmat

    Just made this tonight . . . I’ll never make broccoli soup any other way from now on, this is hands down the best I’ve ever had.

    Re: cheese, I’d suggest a hard sheep’s-milk cheese like pecorino or manchego to sub for the goat’s cheese. They’re tangy enough to have a presence but used sparingly, wouldn’t overpower the bright creaminess of the broccoli. A little dollop of real sour cream or Greek yogurt would be good too in place of the cheese.

  • Soup Lover writes:
    October 10th, 20125:11 amat

    Read the recipe and was a skeptic. Just made the soup and it is amazingly simple, fast and tastes lovely (and for broccoli lovers like myself, it really does taste like broccoli)! will probably make this once a month or every two months!!!

  • Parrish writes:
    October 11th, 20126:53 amat

    A friend of mine made me try this soup at work. I was leary because it looked like the green slime from the old Nickelodeon show “You Can’t Do That On Television”. After one taste….I was hooked. EXCELLENT and Simple! My only suggestion…throw in a little bit of garlic.

  • Terrie writes:
    December 8th, 201210:45 amat

    Just made the soup only with broccoli water,salt and pepper! My trainer recommended Chef Ramsay’s website as there are lots of recipes for clean foods!!! It is amazing! Love it! Will be making it all the time now!

  • Cyril writes:
    December 14th, 20123:37 pmat


  • Joachim writes:
    January 10th, 20131:50 pmat

    I just Made this ANd i dont know, was good in the beginning. But after around 10 spoons it was not good anymoore. Maybe norwagian broccoli isnt like those in USA…

  • The best cheap soup recipes >> a peek inside the fishbowl writes:
    January 11th, 201311:20 amat

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  • Tony writes:
    January 16th, 20136:23 amat

    I saw this made on one of his shows and could believe that something so simple could meet his exacting standards until I tried it. It is awesome! I make up a batch every so often, take it to work and people flip whe they find out how simple and nutritions it is. Oh, did I mention delicious?

  • sarah writes:
    January 28th, 20136:16 amat

    I have made this beofre and love it.I eat healthy and cook healthy i love the fact that theres nothing to it. and better then the soup i was making with milk and about 10 other things in it. I add old cheddar to it. also i added about half an onion when cooking the brocolli. soooo good.

  • Rebecca writes:
    February 6th, 20137:30 pmat

    Loved this soup the first time i tried it….made it for guests and they loved it…i couldnt get my hands on goats cheese so i use plain old full cream instead…still came out well. Now its my go to recipe for dinner parties…Love the idea of walnuts…its a nice surprise in the soup.Thanks a ton!!

  • Sarah writes:
    April 1st, 20132:51 pmat

    Just tried this tonight! So easy and flavorful. Although, I think I over did it on the water…will keep trying until I get a good mix, but the flavor is great!

  • Yvette writes:
    April 5th, 20135:31 pmat

    What a fabulous find. So simple yet so delicious! Can the same method be used with other vegetables? Loved, loved it as is, without the chèvre . A little splash of good olive oil and some croutons works as well. Thank you Chef Ramsay!

  • jerlap writes:
    April 13th, 201310:06 amat

    would like to know amount of servings per recipe.


  • Elizabeth writes:
    May 1st, 20137:21 pmat

    Looked at this and decided to make it. My husband loved it and I must admit it was really good. Will make it again and recommend it to anyone. I made it with the goats cheese extras.

  • Aussie Pete writes:
    June 30th, 201312:54 amat

    I saw that broccoli was on special for on $2/kg do have this recipie a run. Had some left over chicken stick so used that instead of water and added leek, ginger, garlic and tumeric. Man it was good.

  • Mary writes:
    July 21st, 20138:56 amat

    This looks so delicious and healthy. I will leave out the goat’s cheese, puree most of it -leaving some small chunks of broccoli. I’ll sprinkle the top of the soup with walnuts. Thanks for this simple and scrumptious recipe.

  • bette ann writes:
    July 25th, 20138:06 pmat

    is it really YOU that responds to these comments? I am such a BIG fan of yours, watch ALL of your shows and pray I get to meet my favorite Chef someday. You are my inspiration to cook, Your recipes are so simple and easy to follow. I feel food/recipes do not have to be complicated to be yummy. Thank you for sharing your talent with us wannabe chefs.

  • bette ann writes:
    July 25th, 20138:07 pmat

    oh, yes, by the way, I do love the broccoli soup.

  • Michael writes:
    August 19th, 201311:45 pmat

    You neglect to mention when to add the pepper. However, one can figure that out easily. Also, filling the blender 1/2 full results is watered own soup. I tried with about 1/4 full and it’s much better.

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