Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup tastes just like the original, and is AMAZING! Filled with 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. It’s for soup season.

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup in bread bowl

Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Who loves Panera?

The first time I had 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!! 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. 😉

Ingredients for Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

How to Make Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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

VEGGIES. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the chopped veggies and cook for a few more minutes.

BROTH. 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.

CHICKEN + CHEESE. Lastly, add chicken and cheese and cook until the cheese is melted. Simple as that! It only takes about 3o minutes to cook.

How to make Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup process pic

Tips + Storing Info

Crockpot: To make this soup in the crockpot, put melted butter, carrots, broccoli, chicken broth, and seasonings in the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 hours. In a separate bowl mix the cornstarch with the heavy cream. Turn the temperature to HIGH heat. Slowly stir in the heavy cream mixture. Mix in the chicken and add the cheddar cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted. 

To make this vegetarian leave out the chicken and be sure to use vegetable broth. 

Chicken: To make this soup a little heartier I added cubed chicken. For a truer copycat go ahead and leave it out.

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. 

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 fridge. 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 4 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


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup 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, season to taste


  • 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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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!!!

  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.