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Copycat Panera Broccoli & Cheese Soup

panera Copycat broccoli cheese soup

Whip up a batch of warm and comforting broccoli cheddar soup — that tastes just like what you can buy at Panera.


  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 cans cheddar cheese soup
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 large broccoli heads
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 16 oz half & half
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In a large soup pot, combine the chicken stock, butter, half & half, and cheddar cheese soup.
  2. Let it cook on medium heat, while you prepare the vegetables.
  3. Cut the bottoms off the broccoli florets, and into small bunches.
  4. Coarsely cut the onion in to small wedges.
  5. Add the shredded carrots, the broccoli florets, and the onion to the pot.
  6. Let it simmer on low/medium for about twenty to thirty minutes.
  7. Stir in the shredded cheese, until well combined.
  8. Using an immersion blender, blend until it’s semi-smooth, leaving small chunks of broccoli, onion, and carrot for texture.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste.