Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread Copycat)

by Alyona's Cooking

This broccoli cheddar soup is Panera bread’s copycat! It’s rich, creamy and so flavorful! 

After going through the ingredient list of Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup, I chose ingredients to relate as closely as possible  to their version. Panera uses pasteurized cheese which not only makes it ridiculously delicious but gives it that seamless velvety smooth consistency! Even picky little eaters could come to love this soup! It’s incredibly delicious and tastes like the popular broccoli soup from Panera Bread!

How to thicken broccoli cheddar soup without flour:

This soup can be gluten-free! Use cornstarch in place of flour. Cheese also works as a great thickener just omit the flour or cornstarch and increase the cheeses by half.

How to prevent grainy soup:

Grainy soup could be a result of adding too much grated cheese and adding it too early into the soup! Save the cheeses for last. It’s best to melt cheese towards the end.

Can I substitute yellow mustard for ground mustard?

Yes! Yellow mustard could be used in place of mustard powder. In fact, yellow mustard is made from mustard powder with a few additives so either one will work plus the recipe only calls for a small amount so you won’t be comprising taste!

Can I freeze broccoli cheddar soup?

Since broccoli can be a mushy vegetable after freezer life, it’s best not to freeze it unless you leave it out and add it during the re-heating time.

How long can this keep?

Broccoli cheddar soup is at it’s peak of freshness up-to 4 days.



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Here are some ways to make broccoli cheddar soup even easier!

  • Use pre-shredded carrots.
  • Buy a bag of broccoli florets instead of chopping the broccoli from the stems.
  • Using a food processor to chop all your veggies.
  • Have all your ingredients ready for a smoother cooking session.

5 from 4 votes

Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread Copycat)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This broccoli cheddar soup is Panera bread's copycat! It's rich, creamy and so flavorful! 
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Broccoli Cheddar Soup:

  • 3 cups of broccoli florets (1 large broccoli bunch)
  • 1 cup grated carrots (1 large)
  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion diced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz of Pasteurized Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


How to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup:

  • In a large saucepan sauté the onion in 3 tbsp of butter over medium heat until browned. Add the flour and stir until flour incorporates into the butter.
  • Add the broth and half and half, whisking until mixture thickens (about 8 min.)
  • Then add the broccoli and carrots and continue to simmer over med-low heat until tender (10-15 minutes.)
  • Add in the cheeses, ground mustard and salt & pepper to taste; whisk until smooth and bubbly over low heat (about 5-10minutes.)


Chicken Broth Substitute: Stir together 3 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of chicken bullion powder. 
Half and half Substitute: Can use an equal amount of milk and heavy cream. 
Let us know when you make this recipe!Leave a comment, rate it, and tag #alyonascooking!

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Al November 1, 2018 - 8:47 pm

5 stars
I usually do not like broccoli, but this soup was absolutely delicious! I could not have imagined that broccoli soup would taste so good! Thank you!

Alyona's Cooking November 2, 2018 - 7:59 am

you are very welcome!

Rina January 25, 2018 - 1:33 pm

5 stars
We keep on making this recipe over and over again! It’s delicious!!!❤️Thank you!

Alyona's Cooking January 25, 2018 - 2:29 pm

That’s awesome to know! Thanks for the feedback!

Keshi Gupta November 9, 2017 - 6:15 pm

We tried this recipe and the broccoli cheese soup was compareable to Panera. Very delicious. Thanks

Alyona's Cooking November 9, 2017 - 6:47 pm

Glad to know, thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback:)

Alyona's Cooking May 4, 2016 - 12:44 pm

I’m so glad to hear! I agree this soup is very delicious! Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind feedback:)

Neliya May 4, 2016 - 10:55 am

Tried this recipe out last week and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing.


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