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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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