Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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This broccoli Cheddar soup recipe is easy to make and delicious! My husband loves Panera broccoli Cheddar soup but it's so expensive now so we set out to create our perfect version at home. Here is what we came up with. Serve topped with cheese.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
8
top-down view of a white ceramic soup bowl filled with chunky-looking soup garnished with broccoli florets and shredded cheese
Tim Jeghers

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets

  • 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

  • 2 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Whisk 1/4 cup melted butter and flour together in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to whisk and cook, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk if necessary to keep the flour from burning, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Gradually add milk while whisking constantly; stir in chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until mixture is thickened, about 20 minutes. Add broccoli, carrots, celery, and sautéed onion; simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

  4. Stir in Cheddar cheese until melted; season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

    top-down view of a white ceramic soup bowl filled with chunky-looking soup garnished with broccoli florets and shredded cheese
    Tim Jeghers

Tips

There are tons of variations and options to make this soup your own. You can add extra veggies, different cheeses, garlic to your onions, a little nutmeg to the finished soup, green onions, sour cream, etc. The list goes on and on!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
23g Fat
11g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 624mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 403mg 31%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 277mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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