Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Delicious Copycat Recipe For Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

4
Servings
661
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

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

Directions

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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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
29%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
46mg
15%
Carbohydrate, by difference
101g
78%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
16mg
21%
Calcium, Ca
297mg
30%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
55µg
14%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
15mg
5%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
52mg
7%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
1230mg
82%
Water
227g
8%

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Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.