Copycat Panera Bread™ Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Tell your taste buds to get ready, because when you whip up a big batch of this better-than-Panera Bread™ broccoli cheddar soup, they’re going to go crazy. Made with low-cost, pantry-friendly ingredients, you better make a double batch—this soup won’t last long.MORE+LESS-
Updated November 27, 2019
cup all-purpose flour
cups Progresso™ beef-flavored or chicken broth
lb broccoli florets and stems, chopped
oz cheddar cheese, grated
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls, for serving
In a large, sturdy pot, melt butter on stovetop over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Stir flour into the onion mixture and continue to cook for a minute or two to form a roux.
Gradually whisk cream and broth into the mixture, adding slowly so clumps don’t form. Add chopped broccoli and carrots to the pot. Bring the soup to a slight simmer, cover, and continue simmering for 20 minutes until broccoli and carrots are tender.
Use an immersion (stick) blender to blend the soup in the pot until it’s mostly smooth. (Blending it is an optional step, but does make it creamier.)
Add cheddar cheese to the soup and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with Pillsbury crescent rolls for dipping.
- Depending on how you enjoy your soup, you can choose to blend it or leave it unblended for a chunkier version. Or, split the difference and blend only half of the soup. Whatever you choose, it’ll be a delicious decision.
- If you do not have an immersion blender, you can blend the soup in small batches in a stand-up blender or food processor. Be sure to leave a small opening on your blender by removing the stopper or leaving the lid slightly ajar to allow for steam to escape. And be careful—the soup will be hot!
- Don’t forget to follow up your bowl of broccoli cheddar soup with a copycat Panera Bread™ kitchen sink cookie!
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- 2 1/2g
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 11 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
- The combination of creamy broth, fresh broccoli and cheddar cheese is ideal for cold weather, but because this from-scratch broccoli cheddar soup recipe is so easy to make, you’ll want to make it all year long. If you’re looking for more copycat recipes that replicate your restaurant favorites, we have plenty.