Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

This tastes exactly like Panera Bread’s soup. This is the best recipe for broccoli soup I have come across!! Yummmmmmmy. Just amazing!!

Even if it didn’t taste exactly like Panera who cares, it’s fantastic. It thickened up great and tasted amazing!

I just wish I had made bread bowls to go with it! At least I served it with some crusty bread. Delicious!

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Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup


1 tablespoon melted butter
1⁄2 medium chopped onion
1⁄4 cup melted butter
1⁄4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half cream
2 cups chicken stock
1⁄2 lb fresh broccoli (chopped into bite size pieces)
1 cup carrot, julienned
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
crusty bread


Saute onion in butter. Set aside.

Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half. Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions.

Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.

Add salt and pepper. Can be pureed in a blender but I don’t. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.

Serve with crusty bread and Enjoy :).

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