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! 


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.