Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread Copycat)
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.