I found many recipes for broccoli Cheddar soup. I changed many of the ingredients in those recipes. This is the recipe I came up with. It's the best one yet. You don't need all the extra ingredients to make it. Just basic ingredients. and it's delicious. I think it tastes just like Panera®.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a stock pot over medium-high heat; add onion and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in flour and continue to stir until mixture turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Slowly add half-and-half to onion mixture, stirring until mixture is smooth. Add chicken broth; season with salt and ground black pepper.

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  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add broccoli, carrot, and celery. Simmer until vegetables are tender yet crisp, about 20 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low. Add Cheddar cheese to soup and cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

This is just half of the original recipe. It works for me. I don't have a lot leftover. If you want more just double the ingredients.

If soup is too thick, add about 1/4 cup water to reach desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

344.7 calories; protein 13.1g 26% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; fat 27.8g 43% DV; cholesterol 84.6mg 28% DV; sodium 822.7mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2016
Sounds like Brenda is full of herself. Excellent recipe. It's five by itself. I'm sure Brenda brought it down to three stars. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2017
Poor Brenda lol Read More
(5)
652 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 562
  • 4 star values: 73
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2016
Sounds like Brenda is full of herself. Excellent recipe. It's five by itself. I'm sure Brenda brought it down to three stars. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2015
I did tweak this recipe and then it made it 5 stars! I used more onion and more carrots. I took some chicken stock and mixed it in with cream cheese to make it thick and creamy in place of using half and half. I used seriously sharp cheddar cheese and super sharp cheddar cheese and when the soup was done I pureed part of it to make a thick and creamy soup. This was an excellent soup with my changes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2015
Made this recipe a few days ago, everyone in the family loved it so much. First time I made it I used frozen broccoli, which was great, but the second time tried it with fresh, steamed broccoli and it was even better. Can't recommend enough for a simple delicious meal. Thanks for sharing this recipe with our family! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2015
Delicious! Everyone loved it. Didn't change a thing. Good thing I doubled the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2015
Better than any I've ordered at a restaurant!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
I really enjoyed this recipe as did my husband. The only change I made was to add some garlic with the onion. The soup is really flavorful and is surprisingly filling. I like that it can be made quickly with ingredients that are readily available all year long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
Wow just made this today! In love! I used vegetable broth as I am vegetarian and added some garlic cloves and cayenne pepper to spice it up a bit! So yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2016
I thought this was delicious even before I put the cheese in. I should have read the cook's notes and made a lot more though. As written, we had two not quite full bowls and would be good for a side. But I WILL be making more because it was so good and easy. The only change I made was using veggie stock since we're vegetarians. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2015
Easy to make and tastes so delicious. I really appreciate that all of the ingredients are fresh. So many other recipes I read used canned soups (such as cream of chicken) or processed cheese. I read others reviews and, as one suggested, added a bit of garlic to the mix and I omitted the carrots and celery (because I don't like them in rich soups). I then doubled the recipe as the author mentioned. We loved it and are thrilled to have leftovers. This one is going to get used again and again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2017
Poor Brenda lol Read More
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