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Copycat Panera Bread™ Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Copycat Panera Bread™ Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6

A homemade version of the very popular Panera Bread™ broccoli cheddar soup. ...MORE+ LESS-

Macheesmo Macheesmo
October 5, 2017

Ingredients

1/4
cup butter
1
white onion, diced
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
2
cups cream
2
cups Progresso™ beef-flavored or chicken broth
1
lb broccoli florets and stems, chopped
1
large carrot, chopped
8
oz cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls, for serving

Steps

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  • 1
    In a large, sturdy pot, melt butter on stovetop over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Stir flour into the onion mixture and continue to cook for a minute or two to form a roux.
  • 2
    Gradually whisk cream and broth into the mixture, adding slowly so clumps don’t form. Add chopped broccoli and carrots to the pot. Bring the soup to a slight simmer, cover, and continue simmering for 20 minutes until broccoli and carrots are tender.
  • 3
    Use an immersion (stick) blender to blend the soup in the pot until it’s mostly smooth. (Blending it is an optional step, but does make it creamier.)
  • 4
    Add cheddar cheese to the soup and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with Pillsbury crescent rolls for dipping.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
860
Calories from Fat
680
% Daily Value
Total Fat
75g
116%
Saturated Fat
46g
229%
Trans Fat
2 1/2g
Cholesterol
250mg
84%
Sodium
980mg
41%
Potassium
600mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
8g
Protein
21g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
130%
130%
Vitamin C
90%
90%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 11 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Next time you get that soup craving, just make it at home. If there’s one soup I crave as we get closer to fall, it’s a good broccoli cheddar soup. For some reason the combination of creamy broth, fresh broccoli and cheddar cheese really hits home for me. I have zero problem making an entire meal out of a soup like this. One place that makes a very good broccoli cheddar soup is Panera Bread™—it’s one of my favorite things on their menu. So of course, I had to try recreating it at home. I don’t know exactly how they make it, but this from-scratch version is pretty darn close! If you’re a fellow fan of Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup, you’ll want to make this all season long. Personally, I like to blend my soup so it’s nice and smooth, but you could leave it chunky if you want. You can also do half and half so you still have some chunks. It’s your call! I like to serve this soup with a side bread like Pillsbury Crescent rolls for dipping (okay, and cleaning out the bowl). Grab a spoon and dig in!
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