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Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread Copycat Recipe)

Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Copycat Recipe)

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon and 1/4 cup butter, separated
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli florets (about 3 cups, chopped)
  • 1 large carrot, thinly grated (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups (1 pint) half & half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 bread bowls for serving (optional)

Directions

1

Heat a large pot on the stove to medium heat. Sauté onion in 1 tablespoon melted butter until soft & browned. Transfer and set aside in a small dish.

2

In the same pot as before, melt 1/4 cup butter and whisk in flour over medium heat until smooth. Then whisk in the chicken broth until smooth.

3

Add the broccoli, carrots, and sautéed onions. Reduce heat to low, and add in the half & half and milk.

4

Stir in the nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat for about 20-25 minutes, until broccoli is tender.

5

Optional Step: Remove from heat and use a hand blender to puree a little. If you prefer your soup chunky, then leave as is.

6

Return to low heat, add cheese to melt, and stir. Taste and add more salt/pepper if desired. Serve in bowls or small bread bowls.

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spoonful of panera copycat broccoli cheddar soup

Like Panera Bread’s broccoli cheddar soup? Try our easy copycat recipe!

Cooler weather is coming, and that means layering up in a cozy sweater and filling your belly with all your favorite comfort foods! For my family, this time of year means lots of hearty soups for lunch and dinner.

2 breadbowls with broccoli cheddar soup

One of my all-time favorite soups is broccoli cheddar, and Panera Bread has an awesome version! This copycat recipe is so creamy and delicious, and it tastes so much like the restaurant version. Making this soup at home not only saves money, but it’s also really easy with these simple ingredients.

Eating keto? We also have a low carb version of this Panera broccoli cheddar soup recipe on Hip2Keto.com!

broccoli cheddar soup ingredients

Tips for making this Panera Bread copycat broccoli cheddar soup:

  • To keep the texture of your soup smooth and creamy, I suggest shredding your own sharp cheddar cheese. It melts so much creamier and smoother. Pre-shredded can work in a pinch but can sometimes add a grainy texture to soups because of the additives.
  • I used an immersion hand blender like this one for a few seconds to puree it a bit, but that is definitely optional if you prefer a chunkier texture. You could also blend half of it using a blender.
  • Bread bowls are an optional but awesome addition to this recipe! I was able to buy some yummy sourdough bread bowls at my local grocery store in the bakery department. You can also actually buy bread bowls at Panera Bread, or make your own!
  • Consider grabbing Rhodes frozen bread dough and then using it to bake inexpensive bread bowls. For just around $2, you can make 4-6 bread bowls, and it could not be easier! Making your own freshly-baked bread bowls is the perfect complement to this hearty soup, plus there’s no better smell in the world than bread baking in your own kitchen, right?
  • Store any leftovers you may have in the fridge for up to 3 days as it’s yummy reheated the next day! Although I have not personally tried it, soup can be frozen for up to 3 months in a sealed container or bag.

shredding cheese for broccoli cheddar soup

whisking flour and butter together in a pot

adding sauteed onion to broccoli cheddar soup

pouring half and half into broccoli cheddar soup

using a stick blender to blend soup

adding cheese to broccoli

spoonful of broccoli cheddar soup

broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowl


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Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Copycat Recipe)

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

This Broccoli Cheddar Soup copycat recipe is so creamy and delicious just like the Panera restaurant version!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon and 1/4 cup butter, separated
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli florets (about 3 cups, chopped)
  • 1 large carrot, thinly grated (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups (1 pint) half & half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 bread bowls for serving (optional)

Directions

1

Heat a large pot on the stove to medium heat. Sauté onion in 1 tablespoon melted butter until soft & browned. Transfer and set aside in a small dish.

2

In the same pot as before, melt 1/4 cup butter and whisk in flour over medium heat until smooth. Then whisk in the chicken broth until smooth.

3

Add the broccoli, carrots, and sautéed onions. Reduce heat to low, and add in the half & half and milk.

4

Stir in the nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat for about 20-25 minutes, until broccoli is tender.

5

Optional Step: Remove from heat and use a hand blender to puree a little. If you prefer your soup chunky, then leave as is.

6

Return to low heat, add cheese to melt, and stir. Taste and add more salt/pepper if desired. Serve in bowls or small bread bowls.

Additional Notes

Adapted from Food.com.

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pot of broccoli cheddar soup next to bread bowl

There’s something special about a warm bowl of creamy soup to curl up with, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint! 

It’s still great even if you skip the bread bowl. You could instead pair your broccoli cheddar soup with a salad and some crusty bread. It’s a complete meal and the perfect comforting choice for a chilly day! This soup is always a hit with my family, and hope yours will love it, too.

broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowl on plate


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Comments 5

  1. Tonya S

    So excited for fall, y’all. Thanks for the yummy recipe. 😎

  2. Sallys

    Looks great… but I will also need the recipe for a really good bread bowl to go with it!
    I have tried a few recipes for the bread bowl but nothing was as good as Panera. I love the squash soup but hubby loves their broccoli cheddar. Sam’s has one in the fridge section it was pretty good.

  3. Betty

    I just made this yesterday. It was delicious and my son who loves broccoli just loved it! I added some cut up chicken and next time I plan on adding some potatoes that are already cooked after I blend some of the broccoli with my immersion blender. That would make it such a filling dinner app with a freshly baked roll!

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m officially hungry. Thanks, Betty! That does sound super good! Thanks for sharing the idea of items to add! YUM!

  4. Sarah

    Anyone know the weight watchers points for this?

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