Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

“My husband loves Panera broccoli cheddar soup but it went up in price and therefore we set out on a hunt to create the perfect broccoli cheddar soup. Here is what we came up with. There are tons of variations and options to make this soup your own.
You can add extra veggies, different cheeses, garlic to your onions, a little nutmeg to the finished soup, green onions, sour cream, etc. The list goes on and on. Make it your own! Serve topped with cheese!”

“This is a wonderful dish. I especially love Panera’s take on it. I added some nut-meg, two dried tomato slices and a touch of garlic. I subbed 1/4 cup of milk with butter milk because thats what i had. I finished by garnishing the plate with green onions and additional salt and pepper. My taste buds were rejoicing like they were singing in harmony… I almost forgot to mention that i added 1/4 a cup of high quality havardi cheese with my sharp cheddar and when it finished I blended half of the soup in a blender by pulse. Trust me folks this is to die for. I deducted one star because I almost feel like these changes should have been in it to start but even without them the soup would be fantastic for a family dinner. An Idea: I Plan to cook a box of cheese and mac then add it to the final soup product then baking it with light cheddar and chips/crackers blend on top of it. Bake maybe 15-30 mins on 375.”

COPYCAT PANERA BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP IS READY IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES! THE PERFECT BOWL OF COMFORT FOOD WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE!

Ingredients :

1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 medium chopped onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half cream
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb fresh broccoli
1 cup carrot, julienned
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

How to make it :

Sauté onion in butter. Set aside.
Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.
Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.
dd salt and pepper. Can be puréed in a blender but I don’t. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.