copycat Panera Bread Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Linda Kauppinen


I absolutely LOVE Panera Bread's Broccolli and Cheese Soup. Even better when its in a bread bowl! I finally found a recipe that is sooo close that I cant even tell the difference!
Recipe courtesy of wynnebaer of GroupRecipes
Picture courtesy of CD Recipes
I totally forgot to take a picture of this awesome soup! It makes such a nice presentation in the bread bowl too! Not to mention that it is absolutely scrumptious!!

★★★★★ 1 vote
30 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1 Tbsp
butter, melted (for onions)
1/2 large
onion, finely chopped
1/4 c
1/4 c
butter, melted
2 c
half and half
2 c
chicken stock
1/2 lb
fresh broccolli
1 c
carrots, finely chopped
1/4 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
2 c
grated sharp cheddar cheese
bread bowls


1Saute onion in 1 tbls. butter
In another pan, cook melted butter and flour , whisking over medium heat for 3-4 minutes
Slowly add half & half while continuing to whisk
Add chicken stock, while continuing to whisk
Once it starts to simmer, let simmer for 20 minutes
2Add broccoli, carrots and onions
Cook over low heat until veggies are tender
Add salt and pepper
3Pour in batches into blender and mix or use immersion blender
Return to pot and over low heat, add cheese, stirring until well blended
Stir in the nutmeg
4Make or purchase individual sized bread rounds
Cut tops off of bread bowls
Hollow out
Pour soup into bowls

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Vegan, Low Sodium
Collection: Restaurant Inspired
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom