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Broccoli Cheese Soup (Just like Panera Bread)

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Description

Copycat of Broccoli Cheese Soup from Panera. Thick, cheesy, delicious!

Ingredients

  • ½ whole Onion, Minced
  • ¼ cups Butter, Melted, Plus 1 Tablespoon For Sauteing Onions
  • ¼ cups Flour
  • 2 cups Half-and-Half Or Milk
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • ½ pounds Broccoli, Chopped
  • 1 cup Carrots, Shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Salt To Taste
  • 1 dash Pepper To Taste
  • 2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg

Preparation

Saute onion in 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat until onions turn translucent. Set aside.

In another pan, cook the remaining 1/4 cup melted butter and flour, whisking over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Slowly add half-and-half while continuing to whisk. Add chicken stock, continuing to whisk. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

Add broccoli, carrots and the sauteed onions. Cook over low heat until veggies are tender. Add salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture in batches into a blender and or use an immersion blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Return to the pot and over low heat, add cheese, stirring until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg until combined. Serve!

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erinz on 2.24.2011

Made this soup TWICE this week. Delicious!!!

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terrilw on 1.7.2013

LOVED IT!! It was so yummy and creamy. I even used skim milk and I don’t believe it reduced any creaminess whole milk may have provided. We liked it on the smoother side so the immersion blender worked great for that. I’ve never had the Panera version, but now I don’t believe I need to since I can make something so wonderful at home. I thought it was pretty easy to make, too.

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MomToOne on 11.4.2011

Delicious. I used an immersion blender, and half sharp cheddar and half white sharp cheddar. It was maybe a little too thick after setting for alittle bit but that could easily be thinned with a little more stock. Very similar to Panera. I’m looking foward to the leftovers for luch tomorrow. Thanks!

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Laura2 on 10.21.2011

I loved this! Panera is so expensive, it was breaking my wallet. I agree, I will not blend as long, if at all. Thanks!

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Mary Gippner on 10.21.2011

Wonderful recipe and it truly does taste like Panara’s. I am not going to blend it as long because I like bigger chunks of broccoli. Thanks for the recipe!

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erinz on 2.27.2011

Delicious! I added one 4 oz can of diced green chiles, 1.5 cups of chopped (rotisserie) chicken, and a 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese instead of 2 cups cheddar and 1 pint whipping cream instead of half & half. This is a great recipe and I will make it again & again. Thanks for sharing!

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