Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup
This clone of Panera Bread's broccoli cheese soup is one of our more popular recipes. It's a thick, rich soup made with fresh broccoli and lots of tasty Cheddar cheese. Try it today and see how close you can get to the version from Panera!
recipe at a glance
5 stars - 199 reviews
ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes: 4recipe id: 49903cook method: stovetop
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 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
Saute onion in butter. Set aside. 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). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
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. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.
588 calories, 48 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrates, 21 grams protein per serving
. This recipe is low in carbs.
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ratings & reviews
|Dec 1, 2013 holly
I really liked it but would suggest not pureeing ALL the broccoli.Leave some nice hearty pieces. It'll make it less pasty and more soupy.
Nov 30, 2013 summersun
This is so delicious! It tastes pretty close to Panera but the texture is a bit different. Doesn't matter though, it's so delicious you won't care. The calories are kinda high so it's not an every day meal choice for me but I will definitely be making it again, probably sooner rather than later.
Nov 24, 2013 Guest Foodie
What is half and half?
It's a common American ingredient (basically half milk and half cream). I believe a decent substitute is light or single cream.
Nov 23, 2013 sophie83Member since: November 23, 2013
My 8 year old daughter and I made this and it was exactly like Panera's soup. She loved it:) Next time am gonna double the batch. Awesome recipe!!!
Nov 21, 2013 Sarah
Fabulous recipe!! I puréed the veggies before I added them so I didn't have to blend at the end. Just as delicious!
Nov 4, 2013 Angela
So much like panera! Rich and yummy! Perfect for cold winter nights!
Oct 8, 2013 Kara
Delicious soup! I did omit the carrots and used a little more onion just because I like the oniony flavor more. I only had mild cheddar on hand so that's what I used instead of the sharp chedder.
Sep 3, 2013 Lovely246Member since: September 3, 2013
This was a very good recipe! I did cringe when I saw the calories (588 a serving!) so I substituted 2% milk for the half and half, added more broccoli and, used low fat cheese. I think this probably got the calories down to closer to 350-400. The result was a thicker rich tasting and delicious soup that was devoured by my family!
Jul 29, 2013 Ruthless
This is a great soup! I've never had Panera's but regardless, if you want a really awesome broccoli cheese soup then this is it.
Jul 11, 2013 Guest Foodie
I just made this and have to say it is exactly like Panera's! WOW!
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