Foodie Friday: Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup #recipes #food

by Lori on February 21, 2014

We all love Panera Bread, yes?

It is one of my favorite little cafe type places to stop at. Their salads and soups really make me happy.

The broccoli cheese is one of those. This recipe is super close. SUPER. This is one of my daughters favorite soups and she squeals with delight when she hears that is what we are having for dinner.

Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
  • 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup carrots, julienne
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 oz. grated sharp cheddar
  1. Saute onion in butter. Set aside.
  2. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux).
  3. Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree.
  5. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until
  6. well blended.
  7. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

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mamaJean August 18, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Yummy – thanks for sharing! How many servings does this reciepe make? I can't wait to try it.


Lori August 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Ummm Jean…DH and I can have 2 bowls the night we make this, then maybe a bowl or two for leftovers the next day.


Tonya February 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Panera has the best broccoli soup! I can’t wait to try this at home.


Mel {MamaBuzz} February 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

That sounds so good right now, would warm me right up. I love creamy based soups.


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