Panera’s Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Main Dishes · Soups · July 20, 2018

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

Copycat Panera 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 of Panera. Unfortunately, we lived in Arizona, so we didn’t get to enjoy this yummy goodness as much as we wanted, but now we live in Houston and are .5 mile away from the place. Yes, we go there often. It’s a great place to grab half a sandwich and half a soup and enjoy a nice lunch date with the hubby. ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though we love going to Panera, I was so excited that we found a Copycat recipe for their Broccoli and Cheese Soup. 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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Copycat 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

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Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

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 6
Calories 657 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c chopped carrots
  • 4 c chopped broccoli
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 4 1/2 c chicken or vegetable broth divided
  • 1 1/2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 c cornstarch
  • 2 c sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 c cooked chicken cubed


  1. In a large pot, melt butter. Add carrots and broccoli cook for additional 3-4 minutes, season with salt, pepper and paprika.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add chicken and cheese. Cook just until melted. Reduce heat until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 657 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 86%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 1503mg 63%
Potassium 580mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 116%
Vitamin C 82.5%
Calcium 36.7%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    [email protected]+Made+to+be+a+Momma

    This looks soo yummy! I love Panera! Pinning ๐Ÿ™‚
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    I have never, like EVER, noticed chicken in Panera’s Broccoli Cheese soup. Do you just like it better that way?

    [email protected]

    This soup looks so amazing! Pinned!


    You’re adding whipped cream to soup? Not whipPING cream?

    Jett Whitfield

    I made this soup Tuesday night but without the chicken. It was really good!!

      Lil' Luna

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚


    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!

      Lil' Luna

      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. ๐Ÿ˜€


    We had this soup tonight. It was delicious!

    Grady's line camp

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Lil' Luna

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

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