Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 608 kcal
Author Stephanie


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter high-quality
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups half and half See Notes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons flour separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup carrots julienned
  • 4 cups broccoli florets about 1 head
  • 2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese about 8 ounces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Grate the cheese and let it come to room temperature. 

  2. Melt the butter in a large pot or dutch oven, over medium heat. 

  3. Add the onions and heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. 

  4. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. 

  5. Add one Tablespoon of flour and stir to combine. Heat for one minute, stirring continuously.

  6. Slowly pour in the chicken broth and stir to combine. Add in the nutmeg. 

  7. Add the half and half, increase the heat slightly to bring the mixture to a light bubble and allow it to thicken, about 5 minutes. 

  8. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the carrots and broccoli to the soup and let the mixture simmer until the vegetables are very tender. Stir occasionally as it cooks.

  9. Turn off the heat and place the pot on a cool burner. Allow the base to cool for 5 minutes. 

  10. Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tablespoon of flour over the shredded cheese. 

  11. Add the cheese/flour in 4 separate batches, stirring to incorporate as each batch is added. 

  12. Once the cheese is melted and combined, serve it immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Instead of half and half, you can use one cup of heavy cream and one cup of milk. 

Alternatively, you can use all milk, but note that the soup won't be as thick and creamy. 

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 608 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 1270mg55%
Potassium 700mg20%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 3390IU68%
Vitamin C 96.5mg117%
Calcium 702mg70%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.