Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup – The Girl Who Ate Everything

If you’ve never had Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup you’re missing out. This recipe tastes just like it! 

Creamy broccoli cheddar soup is comfort food at its best and this Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup is an easy dinner that hits the spot.
Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a white bowl

This recipe was originally posted in 2015.


I know this Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe has made the rounds around the blogs but my job is to share recipes that I really love and this is one of them.

The reason I know that this recipe tastes just like the delicious Broccoli Cheddar soup at Panera is because I ate this at least once a week during my last pregnancy.

It was the ONLY thing that I looked forward to eating and I’m sure the peeps at Panera knew me by name. They serve this Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup with a warm crusty baguette. Oh my goodness.

It almost makes me want to get pregnant again.

I once was in charge of making soup for 250 women. Guess which soup went first? Nope. Not the chicken noodle.

Yes, you guessed it. The Broccoli Cheddar soup. I mean who doesn’t like broccoli and cheese? Not only is it a healthy soup recipe at only 417 calories a serving.

Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup - tastes just like the real thing. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comYou’ll need about 3 cups of broccoli chopped into bite sized pieces. You’re supposed to julienne a carrot. I cook a lot and I do not have the patience to do that.

Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup - tastes just like the real thing. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThey sell “matchstick” carrots in the produce section. Save yourself some sanity and time and just buy those.

Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup on a green napkinIt’s important to use sharp cheese here in this Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe as it gives it more flavor than a milder cheese.

Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe

Then eat a couple of bowls of this delicious broccoli cheddar soup. After all, it is the first day of fall today.

Is this Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup gluten-free?

Part of the thickening agent in this soup is the flour in the roux. There’s only 1/4 cup and you can definitely leave it out but your soup will not be as thick. You can thicken it at the very end if needed by creating a cornstarch slurry.

Add a couple tablespoons of cornstarch to a small bowl and add water until it forms a paste. Whisk in this mixture at the end of cooking to thicken up the soup.

If you love this Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe, you’ll love these recipes:

Creamy Potato Soup

Easy Tomato Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing.


Yield: 6 servings

  • 1
    melted butter
  • 1/2
    chopped onion
  • 1/4
    cup melted butter
  • 1/4
  • 2
    half-and-half cream
  • 2
    chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2
    (about 3 cups), chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1
    , julienned (can buy matchstick carrots in produce section)
  • 1/4
  • 8
    grated sharp cheddar cheese
    (2 cups)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Sauté onion in 1 tablespoon of butter. Set aside.

  2. Cook the 1/4 cup melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.

  3. Add the chicken stock and simmer for about 10 minutes.

  4. Add the broccoli, carrots and reserved onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.

  5. Add salt and pepper. You can leave the soup chunky or blend about 1 cup of the soup and stir it in for a smoother soup (that’s what I did). Return to low heat and add the cheese. If your heat is too high your soup can get grainy. Stir in the nutmeg.

  6. Serve with crusty bread.




Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup - tastes just like the real thing.

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