Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

I’m a sucker for a good soup! I mean I swear I think I could eat it every single day, especially when it is cold! I also love Panera Bread, but I find it to be a little pricey especially to take the whole family.

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

So, I wanted to figure out how to make Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Bread Bowls a staple in our winter dinner recipes for a quarter of the cost!

 

After lots of trial and error, I have come up with the best Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup that my family loves to eat!

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup because of the fact that I usually have all the ingredients on hand for it! So that way if I need a quick weeknight dinner I just pull out the ingredients and start cooking!

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

 

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Ingredients

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

2 Tablespoons Butter

One small onion- chopped

2 cloves garlic – minced

½ cup butter

½ cup flour

2 cups milk

3 cups chicken broth

3 cups chopped broccoli

1 cup matchstick chopped carrots

2 stalks celery – chopped

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Instructions for making Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

First, you want to melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium heat. 

Then, add the onion and cook until tender and transparent. Add garlic and cook for one additional minute. When finished cooking, remove from the pan and set aside. 

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

In a large pot, (I love this one for soup) melt the ½ cup of butter in the pan and whisk in ½ cup of flour until thoroughly combined, for about one minute. 

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Once this becomes a roux, then slowly add the milk, stirring constantly. Mixture should be smooth and thick. 

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Next, add chicken broth, broccoli, carrots, celery, and cooked onions and garlic. Adding the broccoli, matchstick carrots and celery later in the recipe helps them keep a bit of their texture, so be sure to not add them in too soon. 

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for about 30 minutes or until the broccoli and carrots are tender.

Remove from heat and add the cheese, salt, and pepper and stir until melted and evenly distributed.

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Place half of the soup in a blender and give a few quick pulses, then return to pan. You can skip the blender part if you are short on time, but pureeing some of the vegetable chunks really gives it that smooth Panera texture.

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

Serve with a side of bread or in a bread bowl for a classic Panera style meal. 

I usually serve this copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup in bowls, but on special occasions, I drive to my nearest Panera Bread and by just the bread bowls! Oh yes, they sell just the bread bowls. Homemade soup in Panera Bread Bowls = Heaven on Earth!

Tips and Tricks for Making Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love winter because I love soup! This recipe is my favorite Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it is a quarter of the cost than buying it at Panera!

  1. You can skip the blender part if you are short on time, but pureeing some of the vegetable chunks really gives it that smooth Panera texture.
  2. Adding the broccoli, matchstick carrots and celery later in the recipe helps them keep a bit of their texture. 
  3. You can adjust the sodium level of this recipe by using low sodium chicken broth and omitting the salt. 
  4. Make sure to use matchstick carrots for this recipe to ensure they cook through. 

How did this recipe compare to Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup? Share in the comments!

 

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Yield: Serves 8

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • One small onion- chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup matchstick chopped carrots
  • 2 stalks celery - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

    1. Melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium heat. 
    2. Add the onion and cook until tender and transparent. Add garlic and cook for one additional minute. When finished cooking, remove from the pan and set aside. 
    3. Melt the ½ cup of butter in the pan and whisk in ½ cup of flour until thoroughly combined, for about one minute. 
    4. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly. Mixture should be smooth and thick. 
    5. Add chicken broth, broccoli, carrots, celery and cooked onions and garlic. 
    6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for about 30 minutes or until the broccoli and carrots are tender.
    7. Remove from heat and add the cheese, salt and pepper and stir until melted and evenly distributed.
    8. Place half of the soup in a blender and give a few quick pulses, then return to pan. 
    9. Serve with a side of bread or in a bread bowl for a classic Panera style meal. 

Notes

  1. You can skip the blender part if you are short on time, but pureeing some of the vegetable chunks really gives it that smooth Panera texture.
  2. Adding the broccoli, matchstick carrots and celery later in the recipe helps them keep a bit of their texture. 
  3. You can adjust the sodium level of this recipe by using low sodium chicken broth and omitting the salt. 
  4. Make sure to use matchstick carrots for this recipe to ensure they cook through.

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17 Comments

  • Makayla Kane

    OMG this looks and SOUNDS AMAZING!!! thank you for this recipe. perfect for fall. im going to see if my kids will eat it!

    October 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Hope you and your kids love the broccoli cheddar soup! My kids devour it! 🙂

      October 16, 2019 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Amber

    Broccoli cheddar soup is my all time favorite! Wish I could find a good gluten and dairy free version though.

    October 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Oh man! That would be a good find!

      October 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Flossie

    OK, my dear, I don’t do broccoli. BUT the rest of my family loves it – and cheese, too – so maybe I’ll suggest this as dinner the next time I have to be out that evening for a church meeting lol! 🙂

    October 14, 2019 at 7:45 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Trust me! Your family will LOVE this broccoli cheddar soup!

      October 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • brighamknowsbest

    This looks so good! Definitely making this sometime this week!

    October 14, 2019 at 6:48 pm Reply
    • Michele

      You won’t regret trying this delicious broccoli cheddar soup. It’s so good!

      October 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Ainsley

    Oh yum! I love anything broccoli cheddar, so this would be awesome. Can’t wait for it to cool down some so I can make it.

    October 14, 2019 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Michele

      It’s seriously the best broccoli cheddar soup ever! Can’t wait for you to try it when the weather finally decides to let you have some yummy soup weather. 🙂

      October 14, 2019 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Anonymous

    This looks delicious I definitely need to try this recipe ASAP Thanks for sharing!

    October 13, 2019 at 8:36 pm Reply
    • Michele

      This broccoli cheddar soup is a family favorite! Hope you love it!

      October 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • sincerelymissj

    This looks super tasty. Your pictures are making mt mouth water. Thanks for sharing.

    October 13, 2019 at 7:28 am Reply
    • Michele

      We love this broccoli cheddar soup! Yum!

      October 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm Reply
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  • Marti (Bookish Treats)

    This soup looks yummy! I’ll try it out for sure.

    January 18, 2019 at 11:44 am Reply
    • Michele

      Broccoli Cheddar Soup is definitely a family favorite around here. I can’t wait for you to try it out. 🙂

      January 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm Reply

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