Panera Bread’s Copycat Broccoli Cheese Soup

by Dinner Hero on January 28, 2013

Love Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheese Soup?  Yeah, me too.

broccoli cheese soup

This is perfect for a quick dinner at home before heading out to soccer practice!

Serve it with some Hot-Doggy Breadstix!

Panera Bread’s Copycat Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Serves: 4
 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
  • ½ lb. fresh broccoli florettes, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions
  1. Saute onion in 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside. Cook ¼ cup melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half. Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now.
  3. If you want the veggies to be smooth, pour the soup into blender and puree (do this in several batches). (I did not puree mine.) Otherwise, skip to the next step.
  4. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

 

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