Thursday, March 24, 2011

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

I'm so ready for spring and some warmer weather! Last week Julia was sick, it was cold outside, so I decided to make her some yummy soup!(Plus this soup is a great way to hide some veggies from Annabelle :)This soup is a copy cat recipe from PANERA. It's my favorite soup they serve and tastes amazing in a bread bowl.. which I might try to make for next time. This is also a shout out to my brother Mark, who worked at Panera.. he says this soup is awesome too!! Enjoy!


1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
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Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.