Scotty isn’t exactly a lover of soup. He isn’t even a “like-er” of soup. However, Panera Bread has been able to bring him over to the soup lovers side of the world. He never used to eat the Broccoli Cheese soup, but instead would steal bites of mine. After hundreds of bites stolen on numerous different occasions, it was time for me to put my foot down and make him get his own bowl! Now whenever we go to Panera he always gets his own. I have to say that although this soup doesn’t actually taste like Panera Bread’s soup like the recipe says, it still was pretty good. Happy Eating!

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup


Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Recipe thanks to Gregory Mancuso


1 tablespoon melted butter

1/2 medium chopped onion

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup flour

2 cups half-and-half cream

2 cups chicken stock

1/2 lb fresh broccoli

1 cup carrot, julienned

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

salt and pepper


Sauté onion in butter. Set aside.

Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.

Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.

Add salt and pepper. Can be puréed in a blender but I don’t. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.

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