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Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

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

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup being ladled out of pot.

Copycat Panera Recipes

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.”

I’ve also been adding to our collection of copycat recipes.

Things like Starbucks Lemon Loaf, Panera Mac and Cheese, and Hostess Cupcakes. If my kids are craving it, I can probably recreate it!

With today’s Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe, we may never have to actually go to Panera again.

When I can make Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup at home, I know I’m saving us some money and a trip out.

Broccoli Cheese Soup served in green soup bowls.

30 minute dinner

From start to finish, this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe takes less than 30 minutes.

Real talk: It will probably take less time to make this soup at home than it would to get everyone in the car and drive to Panera. Not to mention the drive back home!

You can always use fresh broccoli to make Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup, but it’s ok if you want to reach into the freezer for a bag of frozen broccoli florets. We’ve all done it a time or two and they’ll be just as delicious in this soup!

My Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe 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.

Keep this soup vegetarian by using vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.

 You could also serve this soup as a side alongside sandwiches. Try my Turkey Cheddar Sliders or, if you want to mix favorites from different restaurants, Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

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Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1: In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add in onions, broccoli and carrots. Cook to soften (until broccoli is tender, and carrots too!) about 5 minutes (may be more or less depending on the size vegetables you cut).

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. If you want your soup a little thinner (and lighter), substitute some of the milk or cream for more chicken broth (chicken stock).

STEP 2: Once the soup thickens, reduce heat, and add cheddar cheese (either prepackaged shredded cheddar or hand grated cheese). Stir until melted and smooth. Serve soup and enjoy!

Want less chunks in your soup? Use an immersion blender to smooth it out! Our family loved this soup, it’s a great recipe for busy weeknights! 

Today’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup can also be made in the Instant Pot! Dinner in under 30 minutes! Loaded with vegetables and cheese, you’ll love this easy, creamy Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe! It’s the BEST!

More Copycat Panera Recipes

Does your family love Panera as much as mine does? Lucky for you, I have a whole list of recipes I’ve recreated from Panera.

In addition to the Panera Mac and Cheese and Broccoli Cheese Soup, our family loves

I told you – breakfast, lunch or dinner, I’ve got you covered!

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!

What to serve with Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Easy, buttery Beer Bread goes perfect with this soup! Also great to cube into bite sized pieces and use for dips!

Are you looking for a fluffy, delicious Dinner Roll? These No Knead Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls will please the whole family!

Easiest side dish ever. Whip up a batch of these Puff Pastry Bread Sticks to dunk in your soup!

You can also go to most bakery sections in the grocery store and find a great homemade bread bowl!

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Yield: serves 4

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 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!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup diced onions (yellow or white)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I used matchsticks that I cut into half inch pieces)
  • 2 ½-3 cups broccoli florets, chopped small
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim/fat free)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (or more as desired)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  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!

Notes

  • Easily double the ingredients to make more of this delicious soup!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 725Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1777mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 11gSugar: 9gProtein: 26g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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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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Posted on October 21, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this with Cauliflower, added almost no salt and I cooked the veggies in the broth. Made a rue in separate pan and added the half and half (what I used instead of milk and cream) and cheese. When it thickened I added it to the veggies. Was fantastic and so so easy.

    1. I used what I had on hand, which was cream of chicken soup and evaporated milk instead of milk and cream, and it turned out AMAZING!

  2. So good! Used all milk and no cream, and still super delicious!! Will reduce salt next time, or be sure to use low sodium broth. Some salt is good but too much is distracting from the flavor. Also used my hand mixer (just a few pumps) before adding the cheese and it was awesome- just a little blended and still broccoli chunky! Will definitely make again.

  3. This was delicious but WOW was it salty!! I had even cut the salt by 1/3. At a whopping 1,777mg per serving, I won’t be adding any salt next time beyond what’s in the broth and cheese.

  4. Wow..this was easy and delicious! It is the perfect cold weather soup- dipped pretzel rolls into it and my husband ( AKA Mr. Picky Pants) loved it 😅 I used a combo of extra sharp yellow cheddar and White Irish cheddar..yum Thanks!

  5. I made this recipe tonight. Every part of it was easy to follow. But it came out too salty!! All I can taste is the salt. Is there any way to cut the salt taste? Thanks

  6. Just made this. Added a little more cheese and used a little more butter, I also added celery. I cooked my veggies for more than 5 minutes. I don’t measure when it comes to salt & pepper (I don’t use a lot of salt, none really). I’m a vegetarian so I used vegetable broth and almond milk but used actual heavy cream. Mine came out really good & creamy for my first attempt. Will be using this recipe again as a guide.

  7. De-lish!! Definitely had to add a lot more broth though as it was super thick at the end. I served it with pita bread (it’s what’s I had lol) and it was great! Did not have heavy cream so I substituted for a 1/2 c of melted butter, 3/4 c of milk, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Also, I left the broccoli in slightly bigger chunks and loved it. Thank you!

    1. Edit: It’s not too thick if you understand measurements! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I added 4 cups of cheese accidentally as I was using liquid cup conversions. Tried it again with only one package of cheese and it was perfect. Sooo good!

  8. Hi there,I made this Copycat broccoli soup.I cooked the onions and carrots in the melted butter. Then I added the flour and let it cook 2 mins.Then added the broth slowly then put inbroccoli . Next I added the milk and cteam. Icream. 1/4 tsp curry, approx 1/8 tsp garlic and a pinch of nutmeg.. Oh so good !

    1. I think I like your version best, I am home with Covid and this is what I crave I will try it. Thanks for the variation.

  9. This tastes nothing like Panera’s soup… just broccoli with a milk taste. I would not recommend making this. Very disappointing.

    1. Agreed. I think it’s bc you should melt the butter first and then mix in the flour slowly.. I had chucks of flour all in mine. It was good. We ate it.

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