Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

1 tablespoon butter (softened)
1/4cup melted butter
1/2medium onion
1/4cup flour
3cups broth or stock
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/2-1pound broccoli, chopped
1cup carrots, julienned
Salt and pepper, to taste
8ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated


Sauté onion in softened butter. Set aside.

Steadily whisk together flour and melted butter together over medium heat for 3-6 minutes, being careful to not burn the mixture.

To make a roux (the base of your soup), continue to whisk mixture, while slowly adding half-and-half. Mix well until smooth.

Add broth and continue to whisk. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add broccoli, carrots and onions.

Cook over low heat until all vegetables are tender; 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the soup has thickened, use a blender to puree the soup and make it smooth. Once smooth, add grated cheese and stir into soup to incorporate.

Serves 2-3

That looks really delicious, I love broccoli cheddar soup.