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Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup is a great recipe that is easy enough to make at home and tastes just like the famous restaurant soup. Broccoli and cheddar soup is the perfect winter meal for the family. 

Broccoli cheddar soup in a white bowl

I’m hard-pressed to think of a better place to eat than Panera Bread. It’s like comfort meets trendy and my taste buds get all excited. I love to dip their French bread into broccoli cheddar cheese soup

But alas, going often can take a toll on my pocketbook, so I thought it would be fun to try and figure out a way to eat it for less, right in my cozy kitchen. 

Nervous about trying, you say? Think it won’t turn out the same, you say? I feel ya. I was a little worried, too. If you mess it up, it’s no biggie. 

Follow the recipe, and you’ll be sitting in your kitchen thinking you were kickin’ it in the midst of the store eating their soup and listening to some classical music.

Oh, and you’ll have enough to share with the entire family for just about the same price as one bowl at the restaurant.

What do I need to make the broccoli cheese soup recipe?

  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup broccoli (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup carrots (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Saucepan
  • Cuisinart or blender
  • Extra-large bowl

How do I make the Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup?

  1. Sautee the onions in half of the butter in a saucepan. Once they are sautéed, remove them and set them aside. 
  2. Add the remainder of the butter to the saucepan. Next, add the flour and mix the two ingredients together. 
  3. Now, add the half-and-half and the chicken broth and stir together with a whisk. Cook for twenty minutes on low. 
  4. Add the onions back to the liquid base, then add the carrots and broccoli and cook for another twenty minutes.
  5. Pour a portion of the soup into the Cuisinart or blender and blend for a moment then pour it into the large bowl. Continue repeating until all of the soup has been blended. 
  6. Next, pour the blended soup back into the saucepan and add the cheese and nutmeg. Cook on low until the cheese melts. Serve with French bread. 

Full recipe and printable instructions listed below

This meal costs approximately $11.00

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Start by adding the butter to a medium-sized saucepan. (Everything good starts with butter). After the butter melts, add the onions and saute them until they get a little bit of a brown color.

Once they are light brown, take them out of the saucepan and set them to the side.

 

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Add the remainder of the butter and the flour to the saucepan and mix. This will help thicken your soup once you add the liquids.

 

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Next, add the half and half, and then the chicken broth. Let it cook on low for about 20 minutes, so it will start to thicken a little. 

The butter and half and half are always going to give flavor and depth to your recipes. So anytime you see a recipe with those two items, snatch that baby up and start cookin’.

 

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Finally, add the diced onions, carrots, and broccoli to the saucepan and cook for about 20 more minutes on low.

This chopper will chop and dice your ingredients faster than you can say, “Panera.” I have one like this, and I love mine.

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Pour about half of the soup from the saucepan into the Cuisinart and pulse it a few times to get the veggies to blend in a little more (especially if you have those kiddos that don’t want the veggies–they will never know–mwahahaha).

TIP: I poured about half of the soup into the Cuisinart at a time. I was afraid if I put too much I would have a monumental spill on my hands.

Broccoli cheddar soup in a saucepan

Return the soup to your saucepan and add the shredded cheese and ground nutmeg.

Cook the soup on low, while occasionally stirring, until the cheese is melted, and serve! It’s that simple!

We have a couple of stores around here that sell French bread, cooked daily. Grab a loaf and add it to the side. 

There are so many ways to eat dishes from your favorite restaurants, and save money.

Don’t stress over perfection, just follow the recipe, and you will end up with a delicious bowl of Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

 

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Yield: 6 servings

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup in a white bowl

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup is a great recipe that is easy enough to make at home, and tastes just like the famous restaurant soup. Broccoli and cheddar soup is the perfect winter meal for the family. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup broccoli (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup carrots (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Saute onions in half of the butter in a medium saucepan. Once sautéed, remove the onions and set them to the side.
  2. Add the remainder of the butter. Add the flour and mix.
  3. Next, add the half-and-half, and the chicken broth and mix. Cook for 20 minutes on low.
  4. Now, add the onions, broccoli, and carrots back to the soup base and cook for 20 minutes on low.
  5. Add the soup to the Cuisinart or blender in batches. Once you've pureed all of the soup, add it back to the saucepan.
  6. Finally, add the cheese and nutmeg and cook on low until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 995mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Christina McNeal

Monday 18th of May 2020

Could you also use an immersion blender for the soup, if you don't have a food processor.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 18th of May 2020

Hi Christina,

I think an immersion blender would work fine. A lot of people don't even use a blender at all and have the larger chunks of broccoli, carrots, and onion in their soup.

Hope you enjoy it! Julie