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Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
192 reviews

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 49903
cook method: stovetop
Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe
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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!

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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.

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588 calories, 48 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrates, 21 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.
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I have been making this for years. Loved it and is a treat that the kids gobbled up. I double the recipe and freeze extra, reheat on stove top. I do not blend it. I like the bigger chunks of broccoli and I chop the carrots not julienne. I had also added sautéed cubed potatoes to bulk it up into more of a meal.
Although I have now gone low carb and grain free... I will be trying to make a roux with almond flour tonight and no potatoes.

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sooo good! i subbed veggie stock, and used cinnamin instead of nutmeg,, and had no onions so i subbed with garlic! sooooo good aven better than paneras!!!

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Perfect for the snowy winter weather we've been having!

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I agree that the texture when made as directed isn't quite like paneras version but the flavor and ingredients is dead on. will be making this again soon.

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The broccoli cheddar soup at Panera is my 12 y/o nieces favorite. Since it's not always convenient to run there when we want the soup, I was very happy to find this recipe. I'm even happier to rate it a 5 & say how very much we love it! This is the 2nd time I've made it & this time I doubled the recipe. I didn't use the nutmeg, only b/c I keep forgetting to buy it. I'm not sure why some are saying it is tasteless.... it's wonderful & tastes like Panera's. I probably cooked my roux a bit longer than it suggests but that's just laziness & lack of the discipline on my part to follow directions exactly. Maybe that imparts more flavor, who knows. I highly suggest this recipe. (oh I use an immersion blender & I left some bigger pieces of broccoli this time).

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Delicious! Tastes so similar and is just what you crave on a cold winter's night. I'll leave in the half and half when I want to splurge, but will probably switch to skim milk because I want to make this regularly (have my second pot cooking on the stove right now!).

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Have used this recipe several times. We love the flavor. It does resemble Panera's Broccoli Cheese soup. I puree most of the veggies, leaving some a little chunky. I love the tip about cooking the veggies in chicken broth before adding to soup. Great time saver. Thanks for giving us this recipe.

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Member since: January 19, 2014
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I made this for the first time with great expectations in mind. I normally make no changes to a recipe when preparing it for the first time. However, I had read many reviews that complained of "curdling" or other issues so I made a few modifications. First, when making the roux, I chose to add the chicken stock first instead of the half and half. I then added the half and half, onions, carrots and frozen broccoli (12 oz). I stirred quite frequently and never let the soup come above a simmer in order to keep from curdling. I removed about half of the broccoli mixture and pureed in my food processor and then returned to pot. Added in the cheese and I felt that it wasn't quite there yet, so I added another cup. Presto! It was fabulous and my daughter said that it was as good as Panera's. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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Just finished making this.......amazing!!!!! Didn't bother to purée since we love those big chunks of broccoli....didn't need to salt, enough coming from the cheese and broth.....perfect for a wintry N.Y. day.....thanks!

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Excellent recipe! I don't know if it's like Panera (never eaten there) but it is a delicious broccoli soup regardless.

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Very good! I suggest simmering the veggies in the chicken stock ahead to eliminate the second simmering. Otherwise it was perfect!!!

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I made his recipe for New Years eve and I and my husband think it is even better than Panera's version. I eliminated the nutmeg and didnt purée. I doubled the recipe and used 8 oz. of Cabot seriously sharp cheddar and 8oz. Of the regular sharp orange cheddar. Absolutely amazing.

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