Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera’s broccoli cheese soup is a favorite of so many of us. This creamy, cheesy soup is perfectfor a hearty lunch. This is easy to make—just take frozen broccoli, fresh carrots, and two types of cheese to make this soup. You can purchase bread bowls from the grocery store—then you will have broccoli cheese soup just like at Panera Bread.


broccoli cheese soup in a bowl
Broccoli cheese soup is one of those soups that just warms the soul. I love to serve this style of soup with popovers or fresh yeast rolls with butter. This recipe calls for loaf-style processed cheese food —you might know this as Velveeta, but in this recipe, a store brand is good to use. If you are concerned about salt, use low-sodium chicken broth. Keep the heat at medium-low to medium, and stir frequently so the soup doesn’t scorch. If you need to reheat this soup, I suggest you reheat on the stovetop and add a little milk to the soup because it may become very thick after it is refrigerated.

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

 

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

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  • Recipe Type: Soup
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:30 minutes
  • Serves: 6
Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup is easy to duplicate. Try this recipe—it tastes just like it does in the restaurant.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow or white onion
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf processed cheese (Velveeta or a store brand)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup julienne-cut carrots (shredded carrots are okay)
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and onions. Cook for about a minute, then slowly add the half-and-half, about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking until thickened and smooth. When all of the half-and-half is incorporated, add the broccoli and processed cheese. When the cheese is completely melted, add the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally, until soup is well mixed and has a consistent texture. Add the carrots and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese and cook for 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve when all the cheese is fully melted and blended through.

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  • Fern

    This is a great recipe thanks for the post!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you Fern, I hope you give the recipe a try. Do you have other flavors of soup you like from Panera?

  • Leslie Ferraro

    Thank you Holly, this recipe is pretty perfect !!!

  • Brie Smith

    My pregnant self was craving Panera soup at midnight lol. I found this recipe and I think it’s better then Panera. It’s very easy to make and way nicer to the wallet. Far better then sending my hubby on constant trips out for soup : P

  • Amack

    I have to say, I normally am really skeptical about copy cat recipes of restaurants because they usually dont taste the same. I just made this today and it is pretty darn close to the restaurant. So close that I won’t be paying for Panera’s anymore! Thank you for this recipe!!!! It was delicious!!!!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you. I try very hard to get recipes as close as I can. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  • Denise D. Coy

    Thank you Stephanie! This was a great recipe!! I was even better the next day! The only changes I made was to use only 1 can of chicken broth and use milk instead of half-and-half. Great recipe, and very simple to make! =)

    • stephaniemanley

      I am glad the soup turned out well for you. Let me know if you have other requests in the future.

  • Jordan DeReus

    Mine isn’t turning out thick or creamy

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You may want to prepare the soup on a lower temperature.

  • Amanda O.

    My husband didn’t care for this. Was too thick and gritty…may have had the heat on too high….either way too rich for my liking.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You can always add a little milk to make the soup less thick.

  • HJY

    In the recipe, it calls for 1 pound of velveeta. But in the video, you used a larger size. How much do we use?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I used 1 pound, I held up the big box because I thought it would look nicer than holding up a chunk of Velveeta.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You use the 1 pound, I buy it in the 2 pound box. I think it saves you a few pennies. You can always wrap up the cheese and save the remaining amount for another time.

  • Holly

    I’ve been searching for a good Broccoli Cheese soup for a while then Panera opened up close to us. Tried their soup and LOVED it but it’s quite pricey. I was so happy to get this recipe. I made it last night and it’s crazy good!!!! It’s very easy to make and is delicious. My hubby had 3 bowls and said he thought it was better than Panera.

    Many thanks to Copykat for the recipe!! :)

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thanks Holly ;) I am so glad you enjoyed the soup, and now you can save a little cash!

      • http://www.facebook.com/Larry9er Larry Johnson

        panera bread’s verson doest hae chunks of onions in it

  • Anne

    Hi, I went on holiday to the USA, the soup was great. Just wondering, we don’t have velveete in our country (or any other American cheese, I am Dutch… there must be some right cheese for the soup here?)

    • Stephanie Manley

      I would use a cheese that has a cheddar flavor and melts very well. Cheddar doesn’t melt as well as “american” cheese.

  • Jen

    So I just made this soup for the first time and it was AWESOME!!!! I have a gluten allergy so I am not able to eat Panera Soups anymore. I made it and substituted it with GF all purpose flour and it was soup just as I remembered it. I can’t wait to try some more soups just as I remember them. Thank you so much for putting this together.

    • http://twitter.com/RixDesign Eric Rix

      I do believe that Panera’s broccoli cheese has gluten in it, but they do have a few gluten-free kinds available. My mom is a celiac and I know because of her that they have a gluten-free menu available. Check it out…

  • Jesse

    I made this last night. It was FANTASTIC!!!!!!

  • Nikki

    The first time when she says to put in cheese, don’t put in all the cheese! I was shocked when the next step was to add the cheddar. It’s still cooking now, and I hope it still turns out good!!

  • Nikki

    The first time when she says to put in cheese, don’t put in all the cheese! I was shocked when the next step was to add the cheddar. It’s still cooking now, and I hope it still turns out good!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chocotacox Kiera Marie

    How much for one serving?

  • sonalipr

    Made half the recipe just to see if I liked them. I didn’t like it …I LOVED IT! Simple recipe and quick.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I am always very happy to hear a recipe turned out well for someone! I hope you try other recipes.

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad to hear that this soup recipe turned out well for you. There is something about a delicious soup and how it makes you feel inside.

  • Burly636

    I buy this soup all the time to go by the pint, or whatever that size is. It is my all time favorite soup. I will try this recipie. Num

  • Burly636

    I buy this soup all the time to go by the pint, or whatever that size is. It is my all time favorite soup. I will try this recipie. Num

  • Burly636

    I buy this soup all the time to go by the pint, or whatever that size is. It is my all time favorite soup. I will try this recipie. Num

  • Megancasteen

    You may want to add some beef broth to it as well, thats how Panera makes theirs (with both chicken and beef).

    • Oldsmc

      thanks for the thumbs up, plan on makiing this tonight

  • Anwea

    EXTRAORDINARY! The longer you simmer… the more velvety it becomes. AMAZING!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am glad you enjoyed the soup!

  • ida

    Love, love your site. Keep it up.

  • amber

    has anyone made this recipe as of yet. I am dying to make it but would love to hear your opinions on taste.

    • Eddiesuzettelancon

      Yes, and it is spot on. Great taste and texture.

    • Eddiesuzettelancon

      Yes, and it is spot on. Great taste and texture.

    • Sag517

      Very good recipe! I don’t know what it tastes like at Panera’s but when I lived in Puerto Rico I had it all the time when I went to Chili’s. Well, here in the US Chili’s doesn’t serve them. I made it today and garnished with some chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro and extra shredded sheddar. Yummy!

    • Sag517

      Very good recipe! I don’t know what it tastes like at Panera’s but when I lived in Puerto Rico I had it all the time when I went to Chili’s. Well, here in the US Chili’s doesn’t serve them. I made it today and garnished with some chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro and extra shredded sheddar. Yummy!

      • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

        I love a little fresh cilantro and just about anything!

  • NHgall

    Instead of onion, I’ve been using chopped leek and the flavor & aroma are a home run! Love your recipe…

  • Mary

    I love this site! Thank you so much for all you do!

  • Mitzi

    What type of onion?

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I used yellow, I imagine a white onion would work well too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Larry9er Larry Johnson

        panera bread’s ersion doesnt have chunks of onion