Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth (I use dry soup base – 2 teaspoons dry mix with 2 cups 10 ounces fresh broccoli, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (don’t go low fat on this ingredient!)
salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in stock pot. Add the flour and stir to a paste for about 2 minutes. Slowly add the fat free half and half – you are basically starting with a roux. Once you have your thick white sauce, add chicken broth, broccoli and carrots. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
The only thing I don’t like about Panera’s soups is that sometimes I have a giant piece of broccoli in my soup, so I pureed mine.
Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. I tend to under salt the soup because I think the cheese is salty enough, but you can decide for yourself!
This made 7 cups of soup for me: Each one cup serving: 284 calories, 17 fat, 15.3 carbs, 2.1 fiber and 13 protein.




They probably have onion in theirs, which of course, I left out! I would have loved to have the French baguette with mine though!




Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 2:56pm


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