Friday, March 6, 2015

Panera Bread Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup #Recipe #FoodieFriday

Who has ever been to Panera Bread? If you have, you've more than likely seen a number of people with bowls of their famous broccoli cheddar soup. We live over an hour away from the closest Panera location, so I was thrilled to find a copycat recipe-that really tastes like the real thing-to make at home! It's so easy to make, and I actually got it started in the morning, let it simmer in the crockpot all day, and had a hot, tasty meal all ready in the evening!



Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups half and half
3 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
4 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
Sautee butter, onion and garlic until onions are tender. 


Slowly pour in half and half and chicken stock. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with a bit of water; mix into a paste, and add in. 


Add nutmeg and cook on medium-low until thickened. (At this point you can continue cooking on stovetop, or transfer into a crockpot). 


Add carrots and broccoli, and simmer until tender. 


Stir in cheese until melted. (If you're doing it this in a crockpot, just stir in the cheese about an hour before serving). 


Puree in a food processor or blender (or using a stick blender), or if you prefer the veggie chunks, serve as is. If you want to go all out, serve the soup in bread bowls-either way, your family will love this cheesy soup!

2 comments:

Jackie said...

This is my favorite soup at Panera. I'd love to try making it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Nicole Seay said...

That looks delicious!