Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 64g 98%
  • Carbs 272g 91%
  • Saturated 34g 168%
  • Fiber 14g 56%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 31g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 76g 153%
  • Cholesterol 148mg 49%
  • Sodium 3,547mg 148%
  • Calcium 827mg 83%
  • Magnesium 208mg 52%
  • Potassium 1,287mg 37%
  • Iron 21mg 114%
  • Zinc 8mg 55%
  • Phosphorus 1,024mg 146%
  • Vitamin A 568µg 63%
  • Vitamin C 82mg 137%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 241%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 158%
  • Niacin (B3) 27mg 135%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 41%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 686µg 172%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin K 100µg 125%
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