I’ve made this soup recipe several times. Everyone always loves it and some folks have even said that it tastes even better than Panera’s version.
I honestly can’t remember where I found the recipe. I bookmarked it, wrote the recipe down and then I got a new laptop. I’ve googled and searched for the original recipe, but much to no avail. Poo! All I know is that I found this fabulous recipe somewhere online. *eye roll*
Broccoli Cheddar Soup – Panera Style
- 2 T. Butter, melted
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 4 c. half and half
- 4 c. chicken broth
- 1 lb. fresh broccoli
- 2 cups, julienned carrots
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 16 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Whisk butter and flour over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add half and half. Add chicken stock, still whisking.
Simmer 20 minutes.
Add broccoli, carrots and onion. Cook over low heat until veggies are tender – about 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup will have thickened by now.
Carefully transfer soup mixture to blender and puree. Return soup to pot (or crockpot) over low heat. Add cheese. Stir until well blended. Add nutmeg right before serving.
Makes 8-10 servings.