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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!

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

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!


Jackie said…
This is my favorite soup at Panera. I'd love to try making it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Teacherbug said…
That looks delicious!

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