One of my all time favorite soups is broccoli cheddar and the restaurant chain Panera has an awesome version! This copycat recipe is so creamy and delicious just like the restaurant one. Pair it with a salad and some crusty bread, and you’ve got the perfect cold weather meal! Making your soup at home not only saves money, but it’s also really easy with these simple ingredients.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Copycat Recipe)
(Adapted from Food.com; Makes 4 servings)
* 1 tablespoon melted butter
* 1/2 medium chopped onion
* 1/4 cup melted butter
* 1/4 cup flour
* 2 cups (1 pint) half-and-half
* 2 cups chicken stock
* 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli
* 1 cup carrot, grated
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
* salt and pepper
Sauté 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 puréed in a blender . (I puréed only half because I like a few of the large pieces remaining.)
Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.
Serve in bowls or small bread bowls.
Yum! So warm and comforting. I love this soup and hope your family does too!
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.