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Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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  • Author: Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living


Who doesn’t enjoy a favorite recipe you can replicate at home? Enjoy this Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup in your own kitchen. We bet it will be a comfort food recipe you make over and over with your family!


  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of chopped onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 cups of broccoli, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 3 cups of sharp cheddar shredded cheese (fresh is best, if you can get a block and shred it yourself, go this route!)
  • 2 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste


  • Melt butter in a stock pot over medium high heat. Once butter has melted, add in onions and saute for 3-4 minutes and then add in garlic for the last 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in flour and stir until flour mixture begins to turn a golden color. Slowly add in half and half, whisk until smooth, and then slowly add in chicken broth, and seasonings.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and simmer mixture until thickened -about 9-10 minutes.
  • Add in broccoli, carrots, and celery. Continue to cook at a simmer until vegetables reach desired tenderness, about 20 minutes or so. When vegetables have reached desired tenderness, reduce heat to low and add in cheese, cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve.

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