Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup tastes just like the original, and is AMAZING! Filled with hearty (and yummy) ingredients, it’s sure to be a hit!

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup is creamy and tastes like heaven in a Bread Bowl or served up with some fresh Dinner rolls. If you love the restaurant version, this is a MUST-TRY for soup season.

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup in bread bowl

Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Who loves Panera Bread?

The first time I had it was years ago in Chicago, and I’m so glad it’s made it’s way to Arizona!

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 and the flavor is so delicious!

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!!

How to Make Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The combination of cheese, broccoli and carrots make this soup irresistible!!

Oh, and top it off with croutons – I promise you won’t regret it. ;D

ROUX. Whisk 3 cup butter in a large pot over medium heat, until melted. Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes to create a roux.

LIQUID. Pour half and half (heavy cream works too but we prefer half and half) into the flour mixture gradually, making sure to whisk as you pour. Add chicken stock to the mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until thickened.

VEGETABLES. Add broccoli and carrots and simmer until the vegetables are tender (which takes an additional 20 minutes or so).

CHEESE. Stir shredded cheddar cheese (sharp or medium works) into the vegetable mixture and stir until the cheese melts.

SEASON. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste.

TOPPINGS: We love add more sharp cheddar cheese on top or even croutons. To really make it like Panera, we love to serve it in a homemade bread bowl too.

Ingredients for Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Make it In the Crock Pot

Yes, you can also make this Broccoli Cheese soup recipe in the slow cooker. Here are the instructions:

  1. Melt an additional 1 tablespoon butter in your slow cooker.
  2. Once melted, add the broccoli and carrots and the broth to the crock pot and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Turn slow cooker to high. And create roux by melting butter in a small pot on medium heat. Whisk in flour once the butter is melted and stir and cook for a few minutes. Ladle one cup of the broth mixture into the roux and stir.
  4. Pour this into the slow cooker and add the half and half, cheese, garlic salt and pepper.
  5. Cook for an additional hour on HIGH in the slow cooker.
How to make Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup process pic

RECIPE Tips + FAQ

Here are some tips and frequently asked questions to help make this recipe.

Can I make this Vegetarian? To make this vegetarian be sure to use vegetable broth. 

Can I add a protein? Yes, chicken is a great addition and makes the soup even heartier. You can use our shredded chicken recipe and you can add about 1 ½ – 2 cups to the soup.

Can I add onions? Yes, just throw them in when you add the veggies.

Can I use chicken broth instead of chicken stock? Yes, you can. We prefer stock because it adds more flavor but broth works great too.

How to store? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. For best result reheat on the stove top but the microwave works well too. 

Can I freeze this soup? The best technique to FREEZE soup is to let it cool completely and then fill freezer safe bags with soup. Lay it flat and freeze it that way. Let it thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

How to reheat? Reheat the soup on low heat on the stove. Stir occasionally to help all the ingredients reincorporate well. 

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe in bread bowl

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Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup tastes just like the original, and is AMAZING! Filled with yummy ingredients, it's sure to be a hit!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 566 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 3 cups chicken stock (plus more if needed)
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 cups matchstick carrots
  • 3-4 cups sharp cheddar cheese. shredded
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste season to taste

Instructions
 

  • Whisk ⅓ cup butter in a large pot over medium heat, until melted.
  • Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes to create a roux.
  • Pour half and half into the flour mixture gradually, making sure to whisk as you pour. Add chicken stock to the mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Add broccoli and carrots and simmer until the vegetables are tender (which takes an additional 20 minutes or so).
  • Stir shredded cheddar cheese into the vegetable mixture and stir until the cheese melts.
  • Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste.

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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!!!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome! I’ve made it several times, but it has lots of errors. It says flour, but corn starch is used in the instructions. Also mustard is not listed in the ingredients. The chicken broth amounts don’t match. I did my best guesses and it turned out delicious! I like the chicken in it. I just throw in canned chicken drained.

    1. Thanks Anna! We recently updated the recipe, but it looks like we need to finish updating the directions. The directions go with the old recipe and the ingredients are for the updated version. We’ll take care of it. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the soup.

      1. Still not fixed- do I use 1/4 cup cornstarch or flour? Also the recipe says 2 cups chicken stock and the recipe says 4 cups.

  6. 5 stars
    I love all soups and this one is a favorite! Creamy and very satisfying. Sure to please on cold nights or any night!

  7. 5 stars
    Panera’s Broccoli Cheese soup is so good! Love having this recipe so I can make it at home as much as I want! With the restaurant prices increasing so much it’s great to have recipes like this to help keep the costs down by making it at home!