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!
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.
189 reviews Guest: MrsBrooks526
This is perfect!! LOVE this recipe, and it totally tastes like Panera's! I multiplied the batch by 4 and made a stock pot full of soup, delicious! I highly recommend this, and it doesn't even cost much to make.
Guest: Soup Lover
This recipe was great. The flavor was great. But when I read the part about blending everything up I decided not to. I think not blending it made it much better.
My kids loved it too. Thanks for the recipe. [edited by CDKitchen]
Made this for a baby shower and they all went crazy! It was fantastic. I used extra sharp cheddar (so tasty) and I chopped the broccoli very fine so it cooked perfectly in the soup within a few minutes. I made the roux after I put the half and half and broth in. That way I could control it and stir it better. (The first time I did it as per the directions and I had an issue with it sticking and "balling up".) No salt needed if you use swanson's broth (already salty) but did add pepper for taste. Thank you all for your comments - they are so helpful when we attempt thing like this.
This turned out FANTASTIC! I didn't blend it since I, too, enjoy the chunks of broccoli. I chopped the broccoli into bite sized pieces. I julienned the carrots so they were very thin. Added 4 cloves of garlic with the onion (gotta have garlic)! I did end up adding about 1/2 cup of extra broth before adding the cheese because it was a bit too thick. Added just a dash of nutmeg, not the whole 1/4 tsp. This really does taste like Panera's! We devoured it and I think I'm gonna have a hard time NOT making it at least once a week!
Guest: Tayson Family
This was our New Years Day lunch, along with a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich which was also inspired by Panera Bread. Yummy beginning to 2013!
I was looking dor a broccoli cheese soup recipe and this is the first one i ran across. I made this soup as submitted minus the carrots and nutmeg. It turned out excellent and i would not change a thing!
Guest: Kitchen Mama
I used 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk, and a half cup of milk, one can of chicken broth and a spoonful of flour. Then i chopped up about 3 fresh heads of broccoli and shredded a large peeled carrot. I boiled the broccoli and carrots together in one pot until they were tender. In another pot i low boiled the milks, broth and flower until all the flour was well blended then I melted Velveeta cheese (16 oz) chopped up in this pot. Then I drained the broccoli and carrots and mixed then into the other pot and brought to a boil. After I brought it to a boil I let i simmer on low heat until it thickened and it was almost ready then i poured the porti... read more
I made this yesterday and it was amazing, just like Panera!! I already entered a review but forgot some key info... I made a few changes based on what I had on hand, they are as follows: less carrot and onion than called for (only by a bit), used 14 oz frozen florets, let simmer between steps for longer than called for (think it made it a bit creamier), didn't have half and half so I subbed out with 1C heavy whipping cream and 1C 2% milk, and opted to use 8oz shredded Velveeta PLUS a little over half a cup shredded mild cheddar (since I was using frozen florets, I wanted to make sure that there was enough creamy, cheesy consistency when the ... read more
I just finished making this and have already begun texting pictures and raves to friends and family- it's delicious & tastes just like panera. I made a few changes (based on what I had on hand), they are as follows: didn't have half & half so I subbed with 1C 2% milk & 1C heavy cream, used 14 oz bag frozen florets that I let "thaw" on the counter for about 10-15 mins, a little less carrot & onion than called for, and didn't blend it since my bf does not have a blender. It turned out seriously amazing, I can't wait to try it blended next time!!
I am a Panera broccoli soup addict. When I saw this recipe online and all the great reviews I had to try....and so glad I did!! This recipe is absolutely delicious. I high recommend it! I can finally give my wallet a break from all the Panera visits I make :-D
My girlfriend and I cooked this last night, it was amazing! I added a little over a teaspoon of minced garlic when you add the vegetables, and skipped the nutmeg at the end. Otherwise, I followed the directions. I highly recommend you try this recipe!
Hey this is Gorjusgirl and i love this recipe fone was trippin so i came to this site for my fave recipe
Loved this recipe! I added a spoon of crushed garlic when sautee'ing the onions. I also substituted milk for h&h. It was great even with the variations.
I have made this soup so much that the recipe I printed is all beat up...so I came to print a new one....and just had to write a review....THIS IS THE BEST BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP EVER !! If you are looking...look no further...this is delicious ..the only changes I made were I used 1 cup milk and 1 cup half and half..it was still very creamy..instead of blender..I used an immersion blender for a couple of times....leave a little whole broccoli..and big shredded the carrots... so easier...enjoy!