Panera’s Broccoli and Cheese Soup

If you’ve ever been to Panera Bread, you know how amazing their Broccoli Cheddar Soup is! This copycat recipe tastes just like it, and is AMAZING! Filled with yummy ingredients like chicken, carrots, broccoli, and lots of seasonings, you’ll love this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe.

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup in bread bowl

Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Who loves Panera? Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Panera that I knew of in Arizona, so the first time I had it was 3.5 years ago in Chicago. I went with my hubby, and we both tried the Broccoli and Cheese Soup. It was amazing!!! Both of us quickly became huge fans. Unfortunately, we lived in Arizona, so we didn’t get to enjoy this yummy goodness as much as we wanted, but fast forward a few years and now you can find a Panera every few miles!

One of my favorite soups from there is their Broccoli & Cheese Soup – so good (different from our classic Broccoli Cheddar soup, but just as good)!! Yes, we’ll still go and dine in, but now I can make the soup at home ANY TIME I want to because this recipe tastes JUST like it!! WOO HOO!

If you’re obsessed with this soup like us, then I think you’ll be just as excited as we are. 😀 I think I’ll make some next week and serve it in sourdough bread bowls!! In fact, we’ll probably stop by Panera and pick up a few of their bread bowls since I have a hard time finding them at the grocery store. 😉

Shredded cheese in bowl

How to make Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup process pic

How to Make Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Can we talk about all the delicious ingredients in this soup? It’s definitely not your average broccoli cheese soup. It has:

  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • chicken
  • cheese
  • cream
  • delicious seasonings

To make this amazingly delicious soup, just melt the butter in a large pot, add the chopped veggies and cook for a few more minutes. Add the seasonings, chicken broth, cream, mustard, and whisk until smooth. Simmer over medium-low heat. Whisk together cornstarch and remaining broth and add to the pot, stirring until smooth. Lastly, add chicken and cheese and cook until the cheese is melted. Simple as that! It only takes about 3o minutes to cook. Hence why we’re making this copycat recipe all the time from here on out. 😉

The combination of chicken, cheese, broccoli and carrots make this soup irresistible!! Oh, and top it off with croutons – I promise you won’t regret it. ;D

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe in bread bowl

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Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

5 from 3 votes
If you've ever been to Panera Bread, you know how amazing their Broccoli and Cheese Soup is! Filled with yummy ingredients like chicken, carrots, broccoli, and lots of seasonings, you'll love this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 640 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups chicken stock (plus more if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper season to taste


  • In a large pot, melt butter. Add carrots and broccoli cook for additional 3-4 minutes, season with salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Pour 4 cups of chicken broth and the cream into vegetable mixture. Add one teaspoon mustard and whisk until smooth. Simmer over medium-low heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/2 cup of broth with the cornstarch until smooth. Pour into the stockpot. Whisk with the vegetable mixture until smooth. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken and cheese. Cook just until melted. Reduce heat until ready to serve.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I have never, like EVER, noticed chicken in Panera’s Broccoli Cheese soup. Do you just like it better that way?

  2. Now we have Panera here…. it’s In Arizona Ave and Ocotillo… well at least one of them… but Why go there if you can make it better? I love their Fuji Apple Chicken Salad too (Minus the Chicken, I am Vegetarian), and found a recipe somewhere.. but thanks for the recipe! My family will surely love this!

    1. Someone told me about the one on Arizona Ave! It makes me SUPER jealous because AZ has Paradise AND Panera!! But yes, this recipe is delicious and can be made at home. 😀

  3. That’s really kind of you for sharing this wonderful recipe! I would try this out soon enough to enjoy this with some wheat bread for sure! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome!! It’s one of our favorite soups!!! Add some bread and it’s better for sure;) Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    STELLAR soup recipe!!! My husband, som, and i all inhaled it. I made it Exactly as is and we were floored by how amazing it was with a side of rolls to dip in it. We will make this again and again, thanks for the recipe!!!