Panera Bread Inspired Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera Bread Inspired Broccoli Cheese Soup

Our weekend was wonderful but wet, gray and dreary ~ Perfect soup weather. I always like to make soup and stews in double {or triple} batches so that we can easily enjoy it for a few days following without much work. This recipe is creamy, delicious and very filling. The idea of pureeing the soup is great for hiding the sight of veggies that normally would not get eaten {my husband still has no idea carrots were anywhere near this soup} plus I think it adds to the thickness and creaminess too! I’ve modified the original recipe just a bit by adding in additional broccoli florets as we like the extra texture of whole broccoli pieces, however, this step could be skipped. Either way this is sure to please and comfort your soul!

Panera Bread Inspired Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Ingredients Needed:
1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
1/2 Medium Onion, Chopped
1/4 Cup of Flour
2 Cups of Half and Half
2 Cups of Chicken Stock
1 Pound of Fresh Broccoli
1 Cup of Carrots, Julienned
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
8 Ounces Grated Sharp Cheddar

Sauté chopped onion in 1 tablespoon of melted butter and set aside.

Using a whisk combine 1/4 cup of butter and flour over medium heat cooking for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half and half to make a roux.
Still constantly stirring, add in the chicken broth and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add in 1/2 of the broccoli {1/2 Pound – cut in pieces}, carrots, and sautéed onions.
Cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes until the veggies are tender. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder. The soup should be thickened by now.
Pour soup in batches into a blender and puree.
Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese, stirring until well blended. Steam the remaining 1/2 of the fresh broccoli {cut into pieces} and add to soup. Stir in nutmeg.
Top with additional grated cheese and serve…Enjoy!


  1. That is seriously my favorite soup! For my birthday every year, my husband gets me panera bread gift cards because I love eating there!
    Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious!

  2. I am saving this recipe, I love panera bread soups, thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow…I’ve added this recipe to my collection…I love Broccoli Cheese soup! This looks so good may have to go make it tonight. Thanks

  4. This is going on my menu very soon. Looks so good.

  5. I’m definately going to put this on the menu for the next rainy day! THANKS! It looks DELIGHTFULLY delish!

  6. YUM! And your pictures are great, too! Makes me want this soup even more…thanks (says my waistline! haha)

    Found you @ SYST – glad you linked up!

  7. Sounds delicious!!

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  8. I tried this recipe and it was delicious! One of the best soups that I’ve ever had. 🙂


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