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Copycat Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant menu items at home with my version of Panera’s Broccoli & Cheese Soup.

 Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant menu items at home with my version of Panera's Broccoli & Cheese Soup.

I have my own version of Broccoli & Cheese Soup in my cookbook, but so many people asked me about Panera Bread’s version that I had to seek out their recipe and try it myself. I found this version of Panera’s Broccoli & Cheese Soup made with half and half and it was very similar to my own recipe.

Copycat Panera Broccoli and Cheese Soup

This soup was deliciously creamy and certainly warmed me up on a cold day. I did make a few adjustments to the original recipe by using low fat half and half and reduced fat cheddar cheese instead of the regular versions and frozen broccoli florets instead of fresh to save some time.

Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant menu items at home with my version of Panera's Broccoli & Cheese Soup.

The family really loved this soup; though they complained mentioned they would have preferred it better if I served it in a bread bowl. Maybe next time~Enjoy!

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Copycat Panera Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Copycat Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Enjoy one of your favorite restaurant menu items at home with my version of Panera's Broccoli & Cheese Soup.
Course: Soup
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1/4 c . Butter
  • 1/4 c . All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 c . Low Fat Half & Half
  • 2 c . Fat Free Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp . Butter
  • 1/4 c . Chopped Red Onion
  • 1/2 c . Chopped Carrots
  • 12 oz . Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 2 c . Reduced Fat Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp . Ground Nutmeg
  1. Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; then whisk in the flour forming a roux.
  2. Gradually whisk in the half and half until the roux has dissolved; then whisk in the chicken broth. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the liquid is simmering, melt the 1 teaspoon of butter in a small pan; then stir in the onions and carrots. Saute 2-3 minutes until the onions start to soften. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add the broccoli, onions and carrots to the liquid mixture, cover the pot with a lid and simmer over low heat for an additional 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the soup from the heat. Use either an immersion blender or a blender to puree the ingredients until smooth; then return the soup to the pan.
  6. Stir in the cheese and nutmeg until the cheese has melted.
Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Protein 19g 38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kmac
    December 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    This was great, even without the onion which I realized too late that I didn’t have! Thank you!

    • Carrie Farias
      December 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping back to let me know. Happy Holidays!

  2. Brianna
    June 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    This soup is delicious.! I added kale and red potatoes in mine and tripped the recipe (big hungry family) and it came out perfect.!!!

      June 12, 2014 at 8:37 am - Reply

      What a great way to add more substance. I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for coming back to let me know I truly appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Lclair
    August 11, 2015 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    How many servings does this make & what size are they?

  4. Mary Czerczyk
    December 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I love Panera’s Broccoli & cheese soup. I will try this recipe . Thank you!

  5. Frank Markham
    January 25, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Is this the original Panara Bread broccoli cheddar? I loved that soup, but they changed the recipe to ” make it cleaner”. I do not care for the new version, and have met no one that does. For all those who loved the original soup, you can get one just as good if not better at Sprouts Market, only buy the fresh version. They usually have it at least one day a week. How about a copy cat version of that soup? Love it!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      January 25, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Hi Frank, I live on the East Coast (NJ) and we don’t have a Sprouts Market in the area. I made this soup four years ago so I guess it would be the old recipe. I haven’t had it at Panera in a while so I can’t say how the new version tastes, but we LOVE this one. I hope you enjoy it as well!

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