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Panera Bread Cheddar Broccoli Soup {Copycat}

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Rich and creamy cheddar broccoli soup, inspired by the well known Panera Bread restaurant!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon (or 3 beef bouillon cubes) OR veggie broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half (I use fat free)
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese
  • Instructions

  • In a small pan sauté 1 tablespoon butter and onions over medium heat until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and set aside. In a small sauce pan bring water to a boil, add beef bouillon and whisk until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a deep pan or soup pot melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Slowly whisk in flour until mixture clumps up or forms a “ball”. Add beef bouillon/water mixture and stir to combine. Slowly whisk in half & half and continue to stir until smooth. (If large lumps remain, mash them out with a rubber spatula)
  • Add broccoli florets and onions and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer 15-20 minutes or until broccoli is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Stir in salt, white pepper, and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve hot and top with additional cheese if desired.
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