Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serves/Makes: 4
Ready In: 30-60 minutes

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt & pepper, to taste
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar

Saute onion in butter. Set aside.
Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.
Slowly add the half-and-half, continue stirring.
Add the chicken stock whisking all the time.
Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.
Add salt and pepper.
By now the soup should be thickened.
Pour in batches into blender and puree.
Return the puree to the pot and place over low heat, add the grated cheese; stir until well blended.
Stir in the nutmeg.

Serving Suggestion: Pick up some large crusty rolls to use as a bread bowl.

48 thoughts on “Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. Enid says:

    I just have to say that my father had radiation 10 months ago for cancer. The radiation area was from right below his eyes to his collar bone. Needless to say his taste buds are coming back very slow and nothing tastes right. I made this for him for his birthday in November and he has been talking about it ever since!!!! He loved it as the rest of us ‘heathly’ people did! We also used the “Rhodes” self rising bread to made the bread bowls and it was a perfect fit.

  2. Chuck Roast says:

    Served this both Christmas eve & New Years day parties and both times it was a big hit. In my family we call this a “keeper” recipe.

  3. Alicia says:

    This soup is fabulous. All four of my children (ages 9,7,5,3) loved it. My husband and I couldn’t believe how delicious this easy soup is! Keep the recipes coming!

  4. brett alyssa says:

    This blog is great.

    Can you get the Panera Bread recipe for pumpkin muffins? My grandbabies LOVE them.

    Thank you!

  5. sharon d salisbury says:

    Very thick and creamy.Was enjoyed by the entire family. Will continue to use this recipe over and over again,

  6. texasimom says:

    OMGosh…..this was awesome…I am a big fan of this soup and ate it at lease 2 times a week in Houston!
    Great Job! I know what soup we are having at Thanksgiving!

  7. Kellie says:

    Just delicious…I am making it again today.
    It is the one I crave.
    But where is the ‘print’?

  8. Hi,
    Just found this site and Im so glad i did, the recipe I was actually looking for is the secret KFC herbs and spices but each time i try to get to it wants me to buy the book! But i must admit the recipes I get from you are great!! thankyou so much. You wouldnt have Sara Lee’s cherry pie recipe would you?
    Thanks again and keep up the wonderful job.

  9. Martine says:

    Would-you please ,get the recipe of Starbucks Best
    “PUMPKIN LOAF WITH GREEN PUMPKIN SEEDS ON THE TOP” The Better slice I had in my enterely life.
    Thank-you and looking to read your recipe above,very soon!

  10. Missie says:

    I can’t believe you had this recipe….it is wonderful!!!!

    Now can you get the Cheesecake Factory’s Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp? This is my favorite…second to the Broccoli Cheese Soup.


  11. amita says:

    Fantastick & also really tasty soup.

    I never try thid read before.

    Yes , my family enjoy it.


  12. Candy A. says:

    I was a bit disappointed. I read a lot of great reviews about this soup so I decided to try it but it really didn’t come close to Panera Bread’s. I dont think this recipe deserves its title. Just to be fair, the soup was really tasty. My expectations were too high, I guess. I didn’t like it by itself but with sourdough bread I guess its alright.

  13. Love your recipe’s. I’m looking for the Pasta Sauce or Lazagna Sauce from Buca Restrauant. It is simple great and my son wants me to make it. Hope you can find it.

  14. Jan says:

    Thank you Thank you This is the one recipe I have been looking for I live in the south we don’t have Panera down and I always make sure that is the one thing I do when I go up north Thank you again

  15. Syeda Sana Rubab Kazmi says:

    Its to good recipe .Ilike it .You have wonderfull recipes.
    Please Send me more Delices Recipes

  16. After reading the rave reviews I can’t wait to try it, but I crave enlightenment; what is half-and-half?
    PS Enid said that her dad had lost his sense of taste as a result of radiation. Well my taste buds just stopped functioning about eight months ago. Any bright suggestions anybody?

  17. The panera bread brocoli and cheese soup is a 5 star winner.
    I just got the recipe this morning and remembered that I was having guest over lunch.
    This recipe was oh so easy and fantastic tasting that I had to make more for my guest to take some home with them.
    The only thing that I did change was I all spice instead of nutmeg.
    And believe me, it was just as good or better.

    Great and easy recipes. This Xmas I think that I will purchase the cook book for myself. Thanks, Bobby Hicks

  18. eleni says:

    this soup is a huge favorite of my daughter cat, and myself.
    you can get it at costco, but its very expensive,
    so to find it to make myself is such a treat..and much less expensive.
    i have sent it (the recipe ) to her at college,,and i know she will be thrilled.
    it is the very best cheese abd brocolli soup that we have ever had.
    noting compares
    thnak you thank you.. it makes us both very very happy
    served in a sourdough bowl..(gotten at whole foods)..
    makes it fantastic
    .like i said..its the best ever
    we have tried canned, boxed..homemade, etc… but nothing is better!
    thank you for making it available to us,

  19. CG says:

    Very Delicious!!
    Instead of julienne-ing the carrots, we put them through our Salad Shooter (with the grater attachment) and grated the carrots. This saved a ton of time from carefully cutting the carrots into thin strips.
    Instead of using different pots, we sauteed the onions in some of the 1/4 butter the recipe calls for and then removed the onion and then put the rest of the butter in the pot and continued with the recipe. This way you only have to heat one pot, and we ommited the extra one tablespoon of butter for calorie reduction that would only be used in the rue anyway.
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  20. Loved this recipe–it will save our family a ton of $ on trips to panera (and we have 6!) Anyway, it was great–only thing I would change to make it EXACTLY like Panera’s is to omit the blender step–the puree made it too thick and took away the tasty texture of the broccoli chunks! Other than that–it is EXCELLENT!

  21. I live in the Uk . I love the description of panera bread brocolli cheese soup , But what do you mean by 2 cups of half & half. Half & half of what? I want to try this recipe please
    Sincerely R A W Carey

  22. Kevin says:

    Panera’s soups are awful. Hopefully this tastes nothing like there’s (but a lot better) or I am losing faith in humanity. What’s wrong with peoples taste buds these days. Too much processed crap out there.

  23. Naomi Gutierrez says:

    They just recently built a Panera in my neighborhood and a friend bought me this soup for lunch. The minute I ate it I knew I had to have this! I made it for lunch today and it was so good. But I didn’t peuree it. I kind of like something to chew in my soup lol. Thanks alot

  24. erin says:

    Kevin, if you don’t have anything pleasant to say then keep your “world views” to yourself. This recipe was very tasty, my family really enjoyed it. Thanks for figuring it out. I would have never ever guessed the nutmeg part.

  25. Cathy says:

    Use fat free 1/2 & 1/2. It’s just as creamy and much better for your waistline! Soup is wonderful!

  26. lee says:

    I made this, but when I pureed it, it became more like a split pea soup … and when I go to our 2 local Panera’s, and to the Panera in Kentucky where my sister lives, they have the broccoli and carrots still in pieces. So I’s skip that step!!

  27. breanna says:

    I love this soup and im so glad you have provided the recipe! Although when i tried to make it i messed up from the very beginning i dont understand how youre supposed to whisk such a little amount of flour and butter there wasnt anything to whisk it just turned into a dough form! What did i do wrong and do i start in a saucepan or a skillet for the roux? Please help!

  28. Miss M says:

    Breanna- This recipe IS a little confusing. The first 1T. Of butter is to sauté and soften the onions, which are then set aside. The 1/4 C. of butter, melted and 1/2 C. of flour, mixed into it with a whisk makes a roux, which thickens soups and gravies. Cook it a bit to help the flour taste less raw and more toast-y. Be careful not to let it “toast” too much, just a nutty, baked bread smell, with a lovely tan color. A good roux is a bit time consuming, You can make several recipes of it as well by itself and cool it, then freeze it in little balls the size of a walnut and use it in any soup or gravy that needs thickening. It will make them taste long-cooked and rich. Hope that helps.

  29. Miss M says:

    Oops! 1/4 c. Butter and 1/4 c. Flour. The proportions are usually 1 to 1. Skillet or sauce pan doesn’t matter. Just use what ever you’ll be using for the rest of the dish. I like to make bigger batches in a heavy skillet with a flat whisk or a spatula.

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