Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Let’s whip up Panera Bread’s Famous Broccoli Cheddar Soup right in our own kitchen, and guess what? We’ll make it even better! Imagine broccoli and carrots swimming in a creamy, cheesy sauce — the ultimate veggie delight.

Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or 2%
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli small pieces
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • A dash of cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste about 1 teaspoon
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes until onions turn translucent and golden. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pot or dutch oven, melt butter. Sprinkle in flour and whisk until smooth and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in chicken broth, heavy cream, and milk. Whisk together. Add back the onion and garlic mixture, along with broccoli, carrots, mustard powder, smoked paprika, nutmeg, and cayenne. Whisk again, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until broccoli and carrots are tender.
  • Remove the lid and add shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well. Then season with black pepper and salt to taste. Stir until combined.
  • Pour into bowls and serve with crispy bread for dipping!
  • Now, enjoy the cozy warmth and deliciousness of homemade Panera-style soup right at your own table!

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