Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup


  • 6 Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups  half-and-half
  • 3 Cups  low-sodium chicken broth
  • bay leaves
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
  • 7-inch sourdough bread bowls (round loaves)
  • 4 Cups  broccoli florets (about 1 head)
  • carrot, diced
  • 2 1/2 Cups  (about 8 ounces) grated sharp white and yellow cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish

Delicious Copycat Recipe For Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup


Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then gradually whisk in the half-and-half until smooth. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the bread bowls: Using a sharp knife, cut a circle into the top of each loaf, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Remove the bread top, then hollow out the middle with a fork or your fingers, leaving a thick bread shell.

Add the broccoli and carrot to the broth mixture and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth; you'll still have flecks of carrot and broccoli. Return to the pot. (Or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender.)

Add the cheese to the soup and whisk over medium heat until melted. Add up to 3/4 cup water if the soup is too thick. Ladle into the bread bowls and garnish with cheese.

Makes 4 Servings

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Calories per serving:

1,948 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 254g 391%
  • Carbs 1,090g 363%
  • Saturated 134g 671%
  • Fiber 56g 223%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 123g
  • Monounsaturated 62g
  • Polyunsaturated 26g
  • Protein 305g 610%
  • Cholesterol 594mg 198%
  • Sodium 14,186mg 591%
  • Calcium 3,307mg 331%
  • Magnesium 831mg 208%
  • Potassium 5,147mg 147%
  • Iron 82mg 457%
  • Zinc 33mg 220%
  • Phosphorus 4,096mg 585%
  • Vitamin A 2,271µg 252%
  • Vitamin C 328mg 546%
  • Thiamin (B1) 14mg 962%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 11mg 634%
  • Niacin (B3) 108mg 538%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 163%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 2,744µg 686%
  • Vitamin B12 4µg 74%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 63%
  • Vitamin K 399µg 499%
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