#Comfort Cooking

Broccoli Cheese Soup [Panera copy cat]

February 17, 2017

I like Panera.  They have more than bread, you know.  Some of the best soups ever!  This one is just a sampling.



1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half (or skim milk)
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound fresh broccoli (florets only)
1 cup carrots, julienne
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp pepper
8 oz grated cheddar cheese


1.  Saute onions in a little butter in a small pan - set aside.
2.  In a large stockpot, melt butter.  Add flour and mix for 3 minutes.
3.  Slowly add half-half - mixing the entire time.
4.  Slowly add chicken stock - mixing the entire time.
5.  Let simmer on low for 20 minutes.
6.  Add broccoli, carrots, onions and cook on low for 25 minutes.
7.  Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg.
8.  Place soup in a blender or use an immersion blender <-- get one of these and puree (I only did half of the mixture because I like some lumps for texture.)
9.  Heat soup over low heat and add cheese and mix till melted.
10. Serve (in a bread bowl, of course) and Savor!

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