Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect bowl of comfort food without leaving your house!

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Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect bowl of comfort food without leaving your house!

My family doesn’t love traditional fast food. Which I suppose is a good thing, except when I’m looking to just pick up a quick, on the go meal I’m limited by their taste buds!

Fortunately (or not) for us, our Panera Bread has a drive through, and it’s one of the “fast food” choices we all love. Except it’s pricey. They don’t have a dollar menu!

My goal with my blog has been to create a database of recipes that my family loves. They scroll through often and say “hey, can you make Chicken Lime Enchiladas for dinner?” Or , “I’m craving some Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes for dessert.”

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect bowl of comfort food without leaving your house!

I’ve also been adding to our collection of copycat recipes. Things like Starbucks Lemon Loaf, Panera Mac and Cheese, and Hostess Cupcakes. Our Panera list has grown to include Orange Scones, Cobblestone Muffins and my favorite, Strawberry Pecan Salad. With today’s Broccoli Cheese Soup and our existing Mac and Cheese recipe, we may never have to go there again.

From start to finish, this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup takes less than 30 minutes. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner idea when you are staring at your pantry unsure what to make! This makes 3-4 decent sized bowls of soup…but you can easily double the recipe if you have hungry eaters, and this is your main dish.

What take out food do YOU wish I had a recipe for? Maybe I can work on it…..

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect bowl of comfort food without leaving your house!

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Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Yield: serves 3-4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect bowl of comfort food without leaving your house!


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions (yellow or white)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I used matchsticks that I cut into half inch pieces)
  • 2 1/2-3 cups broccoli florets, chopped small
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim/fat free)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (or more as desired)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, melt butter. Add in onions, carrots and broccoli. Cook to soften about 5 minutes (may be more or less depending on the size vegetables you cut).
  2. Slowly add in broth, milk, and cream. Sprinkle with flour and add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Continue stirring and heating over medium heat until thickened. This will take about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Once thick, add cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Serve soup and enjoy!

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Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect bowl of comfort food without leaving your house!

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31 comments on “Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup”

  1. Yum – I can’t resist this soup when I eat at Panera. Thank you for recreating a version we can make at home!

  2. Anonymous

    This looks awesome! And yes, I agree that Panera is pricey (or spendy as they say in my neck of the woods). I’m not sure about the markup on soup, but having worked in the restaurant industry for a long time, I know restaurants make a ton of money on desserts.

  3. Mary Ann

    Your soup would taste less ‘flourly’ if you first put your butter and flour in the pan to make the cream sauce. and lightly brown. Use whole milk instead of skim, since you’re using heavy cream. Make the cream sauce then add the broccoli and other ingredients. Lots of flavor when done this way.

  4. Broccoli cheese is one of our all time favorite soups!  Now I’m totally craving a big bowl!!!

  5. I made this soup today and used half and half instead of cream, and put broccoli and cauliflower in it and Gouda cheese (that’s what I had in the house) and it turned out perfect. I never had the restaurant soup so I had nothing to compare it to. Will try it your way next time.

  6. Perfect for those winter days when nothing but a yummy, hearty soup will do!

  7. Love this soup..make it all the time!!

  8. Made this today for the football games. It is already gone & the games haven’t even started! Very popular in my household. I would recommend doubling the recipe.

  9. Judy

    My son and I used to grab something because we didn’t want to cook or clean up the kitchen.   I made a copycat of something, don’t remember what, but the next day we could not eat any fast food, it tasted awful even though it was a favorite.  We discovered that home made is best by far!!    There’s an endless supply of recipes, 30 minutes or less and a zillion other categories.  Now both my sons and some of their 30+ friends go to Pintrest.  They share a pic with the recipe and any changes they make.  A few of them even use slow cookers for a hot meal when they get home!!

  10. Rachel

    Do you have any idea if this soup would freeze well? I’m on the lookout for some good meals to make now before baby #3 shows up 🙂

  11. OK, so I am making this soup for the first time. With only 1/4 cup butter, the veggies do not soften because not enough moisture.  As I had already measured out the liquids into one container to be added, there was nothing I could do but pour all of it into the pot so the begs would cook.  Next time I will add the broth after the buttery has melted.  Other than this adjustment, this is a great recipe.

  12. Barbara King

    Found this recipe on Pinterest and made today while home with a cold. Didn’t feel like going to store so used what I had on hand which ended up being a cup and a half of 2% milk and a half cup of half & half. I didn’t quite have enough cheese, probably ended up with a cup and a half. I also added lots of the red pepper flakes, hoping the spice will help with my cold. lol Otherwise, made exactly per directions and this is very good. Loved how easy and quickly it came together. I really love the extra spice from the red pepper flakes.

  13. shirley

    Can I use all Almond Milk and no cream???

  14. Very good. Will make this soup again. And easy to make with ingredients at hand.

  15. Shelley Murphy

    My kids all loved this soup. Sooo quick and easy .  Will definitely double the recipe next time. 

  16. MB Dennis

    A big hit at our house and friends I shared with. Will be my “go-to ” soup to take to others who need a meal. 
    I made it just like recipe and my husband added a little sugar. I also used those shedded  carrots rather than matchstick, and cooked faster. 

  17. Jennifer

    Do you think this will freeze well?

  18. Michele

    Can it be made in crockpot

  19. Made this weekend, it was sooo good. Used cornstarch to thicken instead of flour & steamed the florets then added them at the end. Everyone loved it!

  20. Sarah

    Have you ever had issues with the flour clumping up?? I was wisking pretty hard to get the flour to mix in to the soup.

  21. Eva McBride

    Made this for my family and they absolutely loved it. I’m now tripling the recipe to have it for a birthday party to go with some sandwich sliders. I love how simple it is to make and my family sings mom’s praises. Thank you for the recipe!!

  22. Carrie

    So I made the soup and loved it. I added potatoes to it by boiling the potatoes carrots broccoli and onion, then I made the sauce aside and poured it into the pot of ingredients that were already boiled.

  23. Made this several times and sooooooo yummy!

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