Saturday, April 2, 2022

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

My granddaughter introduced me to broccoli cheese soup.  It's her favorite thing to order at Panera.  The last time she visited, she convinced me to try making it at home.  There are lots of copycat recipes out there--this one comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything blog.  I did make a few tweaks to accommodate my granddaughter's preferences--no onions and definitely no carrots!  The soup was still delicious but feel free to add those back in if you wish.  If you want a smoother soup, blend with an immersion blender. Note: my pictures reflect the changes I made.

1/4 cup butter

1/2 medium chopped onion

1/4 cup flour

2 cups half-and-half cream

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 lb. broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 cup carrots, julienned (or matchstick carrots from produce section)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

salt and pepper 


Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in onions and sauté until onions soften.




Sprinkle flour over butter/onion mixture and stir for one or two minutes to cook the flour.




Slowly whisk in the cream and the chicken broth and stir until combined and slightly thickened.

Stir in broccoli and carrots and simmer soup for 20 to 25 minutes.


Lower heat and stir in cheese until melted.  Salt and pepper to taste and nutmeg if desired.


Book #3 in the Open Book Series


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A murder in her quaint British bookshop drops American Gothic novelist Penelope Parish into her deadliest caper yet.

Penelope Parish is ready to close the book on her amateur sleuthing—from now on, The Open Book’s writer-in-residence will be sticking to villains of the fictional variety while she puts the final touches on her new novel. But when an author is murdered inside the bookshop, all of Upper Chumley-on-Stoke goes on high alert.
Now it’s up to Pen and the quirky citizens of Chumley to stop a killer and protect the charming British town she’s begun to call home.



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  1. Nicely done.
    Interesting that she doesn't want onions or carrots.

    1. She's 12 and *thinks* she doesn't like onions but has had them in many dishes without realizing it! She loves anything spicy and one of her favorite dinners is salmon and asparagus!

  2. No wonder it's so delicious--it's basically a cream sauce with chicken, broccoli, and cheese!

  3. Not much warms the soul like Panera's broccoli-cheese soup so I'm looking forward to making this at home.