Copycat Recipe: Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What is one of your favorite soups from Panera Bread? Mine is their Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Creamy cheese broth with bits of broccoli. What’s better than that? Ah, the crusty baguette dipped in the soup makes for a fantastic lunch or dinner. I have a little confession to make. I dine at Panera Bread just a little too much. There is one next to my job. And when I say next to my job I don’t mean down the road a bit. I mean next to it. I don’t have to go on the main road to get there. In fact, I could walk there. I can even see the plaza it’s in from my window at work. But we all know that it gets pretty expensive to dine out every day. I had to find a solution to enjoy Panera’s great soup without spending too much money. I headed to my trusty pal the internet and went to searching. I found a copycat recipe on (you can see the recipe here) and decided to try it. I doubled the recipe so we could have leftovers for a couple of days. It turned out pretty well although I feel that it had too strong of a carrot flavor to it. I will try it again but next time I will reduce the amount of carrot from 2 cups to 1 cup. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Copycat Panera Bread Cheddar Broccoli Soup

makes about 8 servings
  • 2 tbsp butter – for sauteing onion
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 2 C milk
  • 2 C half and half
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 1 lb fresh broccoli, florets only
  • 2 C baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 C grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Saute the onion in the 2 tbsp of butter. Set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, melt the 1/2 C butter and and whisk in the flour
  • Gradually add the half and half and milk to the butter/flour mixture. Whisk together until thickened.
  • Add the milk/butter/flour mixture to the onions and then add the chicken broth.
  • Add the broccoli and carrots and simmer over medium low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  • Puree the mixture with an immersion blender or a stand up blender. I used an immersion blender but use whatever you have or whatever works best for you.
  • Stir in the cheese and nutmeg.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
I’d love to hear what you think about this recipe. Leave a comment to share your thoughts!
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  1. Nicole Buckingham says

    that looks so delicious. I think I could dive right into that soup with this little chill we have in our sweet Hawaii air.

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  2. Diana - FreeStyleMama says

    Yummy! I've pinned this. I'd love for you to link this at my party, Julie. Find it here.

  3. Kari Lindsay says

    I love the broccoli soup at Panera as well. And the bread…oooee, I could eat their baguette everyday! Great recipe Julie!

  4. Teri@thefreshmancook says

    This soup is one of my favorites from Panera! Can't wait to try this!! New follower from the grow your blog hop. I am loving all your recipes. Thanks!

  5. Kathe says

    Oh I had a Panera near my work too! I loved getting the Broccoli Cheese soup. I'll be pinning this to make on the next cold day!

  6. says

    This is my son's absolute favorite soup from Panera! :) We have tried one other copycat recipe for it, & it turned out well. We will have to give this one a shot too!

  7. says

    You wouldn't believe this – but I just had Panera for the first time the other day and ordered this soup! So yummy – I definitely need to try this :) Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week, Julie!

  8. Adelina Priddis says

    Mmmm, this looks so good. I was wanting some cheddar broccoli soup yesterday, but I usually use a mix and I was all out. Now I won't need one!
    I'm featuring you on this weeks Foodie Friday Linky

  9. Diana - FreeStyleMama says

    Came back to get the ingredients on my shopping so I can make this weekend!

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