Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup

If you’ve never had the Broccoli Cheese Soup from Panera you’re missing out. This version tastes just like it! 
Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing.

I know this recipe has made the rounds around the blogs but my job is to share recipes that I really love and this is one of them. The reason I know that this recipe tastes just like the delicious soup at Panera is because I ate this at least once a week during my last pregnancy. It was the ONLY thing that I looked forward to eating and I’m sure the peeps at Panera knew me by name. They serve it with a warm crusty baguette. Oh my goodness. It almost makes me want to get pregnant again.  Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comYou’ll need about 3 cups of broccoli chopped into bite sized pieces. You’re supposed to julienne a carrot. I cook a lot and I do not have the patience to do that. Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThey sell “matchstick” carrots in the produce section. Save yourself some sanity and time and just buy those.
Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comIt’s important to use sharp cheese here as it gives it more flavor than a milder cheese.

Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing.
Then eat a couple of bowls of this delicious soup. After all, it is the first day of fall today.

Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 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 (about 3 cups), chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup carrot, julienned (can buy matchstick carrots in produce section)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Sauté onion in 1 tablespoon of butter. Set aside.
  2. Cook the ¼ cup melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.
  3. Add the chicken stock and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the broccoli, carrots and reserved onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper. You can leave the soup chunky or blend about 1 cup of the soup and stir it in for a smoother soup (that's what I did). Return to low heat and add the cheese. If your heat is too high your soup can get grainy. Stir in the nutmeg.
  6. Serve with crusty bread.


Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup - tastes just like the real thing.

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  1. Yum – thank you.

  2. Oh yummy! This looks oh so good!

  3. This looks absolutely perfect Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Yay! We can finally have it at home! This looks delish!

  5. Sandee Spencer says:

    Where is the nutrition information?

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I cannot get enough Broccoli Cheddar Soup!
    I will be making this soup this weekend! I just have to sub vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock. Otherwise, I am going to follow your recipe! to a T!

  7. My favorite soup at Panera! I’ll even eat it when it’s 100 degrees outside it’s so good!

  8. Oh my goodness, have mercy on my waistline! This will do me in I’m sure, but it looks worth it. : )

  9. I’m missing out! I’ve never had it but I’m totally making this!!!

  10. I made this today and it was a good tasting soup but it has wayyyyyy too much cheese in it. I would recommend cutting it back to only 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of cheese.

  11. Never had the soup, but it sounds yummy. I make a zucchini creamy which has similar ingredients. If you blend the cheese with some or part of the soup in a blender it will not get grainy if it boils a bit

  12. Just made this and it’s incredible! I didn’t have half and half so I used 2% milk and it still thickened up perfectly. Thanks for a terrific recipe!

  13. Oh my goodness! I made this with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking flour so it would be gluten free and it was so amazing! Best broccoli cheese soup ever!

  14. Could I make this in a crockpot on low?

  15. This was amazing. I’ve already sent it off to three people. Next time I’m doubling the recipe!

  16. Tabatha Adkins says:

    Can you add potatoes along with the broccoli and carrots that are in this already?

  17. Delicious!!! My family loved it!!

  18. I changed a few things about this recipe because #1 my fiancé is picky and #2 I thought I had nutmeg and fresh onion on hand but I didn’t.
    I used onion powder instead. Omitted nutmeg. Omitted carrots (fiancé doesn’t like them in broccoli cheese soup). Used 2.5 cups each of half n half and organic chicken broth. 3 cups broccoli. 8 oz sharp cheddar.
    Overall it was really delicious. I don’t really love sharp cheddar so next time I think I’ll use medium. It was a little thick and I’ll probably use 3 cups of broth next time. I would have tried the recipe as is and probably loved it. I think this is a really solid recipe and easy to make changes if your short on ingredients or just trying to use what’s in the pantry. Definitely a keeper.

  19. Do you grate the cheese yourself or just buy the already shredded sharp cheddar? I’ve heard the already shredded doesn’t melt as well.

  20. Just like Panera’s! Perfect for a cold, blustery evening such as tonight.

  21. Can you use fat free half n half or lactose free milk 2% or whole milk?

  22. This soup was yummy, but way too thick. I added nearly twice as much chicken stock as the recipe called for and that helped a lot. All in all it was a good soup, but it doesn’t taste like Panera’s broccoli cheese soup at all.

  23. I use extra-sharp cheddar and homemade turkey broth. I also add thyme, rosemary, parsley, garlic, worcestershire, and a fat pinch of cayenne. It is absolutely fantastic! I rated it 5 stars as-is, but you can easily bump it to a 10+. One of my very favorite things.

  24. NOTHING like Panera’s. I had to choke most of it down, to be honest. I had such high hopes for this recipe but unfortunately will not be making again.

  25. Do you think it would be ok to freeze for future meals?

  26. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I made it last night and had requests for it again tonight. Amazing!

  27. I made this for my family last week and it was a hit! It really does taste just like Panera’s. One of my favorite recipes now.

  28. Made it tonight, Easy & delicious!

  29. Just got done making this delicious recipe and when I asked my husband if it tasted like Panera Bread’s,
    he moaned in delight and said it’s even better! Only thing I did different was sauté one celery stalk along with the onion. Yummy!

  30. Awesome recipe!! Very yummy!! My husband always gets this soup at Panera, he says “It’s very similar, yet better than Panera’s”.

  31. I made this for dinner tonight. EVERYONE loved it. They said I should have doubled the recipe.

  32. Wayyyy too much broccoli & carrots & not enough cream soup & cheese. Will be looking for a different broccoli cheese soup recipe. This wasn’t that good. 🙁

  33. I’m making this for a potluck tomorrow should I double it or just do one batch?

  34. Soooo good! I roast my broccolli in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes, use half veggie broth and half chicken broth, and add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper and it’s amaaaaaazing! My kids love it also!!!!! I have to start making a double batch for leftovers….but then again not sure my thighs would like that….hahahaha

  35. This soup is amazing! I even made it lactose free for my daughter by using Lactaid milk instead of the half and half and Cabot sharp cheddar cheese (which is lactose free).

  36. Is the nutritional information for a cup of soup or some other amount? Thanks

  37. I made this soup exactly according to the recipe and I’m enjoying a bowl of it now. This recipe tastes great and its easy too. I’ll definitely be making this again.

  38. Kyle Stevenson says:

    Mine turned out so bad we couldn’t eat it. The broccoli and carrots were raw. I tried cooking longer, didn’t make a difference. I tried blending it, didn’t make a difference. Flavor was also gross, I would suggest omitting nutmeg or taste it before you put full amount that it calls for. Also, i would stem the broccoli and carrots before putting in soup.

  39. This recipe is delicious. I will defintely be making it again! No complaints here!

  40. 8 ounces = 1 cup… Is it one cup or 2 cups of cheese? I’ll try with one. Looks tasty!

  41. It was okay to start- I doubled recipe because I feed teenage boys. For more flavor I added garlic, onion salt, white pepper and Parmesan cheese. I also blended about 3/4 of the soup. Turned out pretty tasty:)

  42. This was great! So easy and quick to make. It did come out a bit thick. I added a little more milk and then the texture was fine. Bacon bits added a bit of extra flavor. My husband and I really loved it! Thanks for such a great recipe.

  43. Thank you for posting this recipe, you are a sweetheart !!! 🙂

  44. This soup is the only way my 7 yo eats broccoli! It’s a huge hit in our house! It’s one I keep going back to. Thanks!

  45. Damn this was soooo on point! This was better than the cafe version. I sauteed onion, garlic, red bell pepper for a few minutes (with salt, pepper and other seasoning). I added in some cubed and seasoned chicken thighs. Then I added fresh broccoli and, eventually carrots. I simmered in some homemade chicken stock and then took out a cup of veggies and broth to blend. Added that back in and then added the h/h milk/cream and the cheese. Since I didn’t use flour as a roux/hickener…the 1 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch with a 1/4 cup of broth brought this soup to the perfect consistency. This was WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS!!! I will definitely make again!!!

  46. Made this last night and it was GREAT! My fiancé hates onions so I didn’t put any onion, but we both are huge mushroom lovers and added about a cup and a half of mushrooms and it was even better! Will be making again!

  47. I just made it mmmmmm it tasted and smells so good

  48. Can you freeze this soup? I’m the only one likeing broccoli soup.

  49. Just made this soup and it was great. Nice and quick. I used frozen chopped broccoli since I was pressed for time and I just forgot the nutmeg when I was preparing it but it was still good. My boyfriend loved it too! I will def be using this recipe again. Thanks!

  50. We have a Panera about a mile from our house and I was soooo hungry for soup. Hubby went down and we got soup, YUK, it was so grainy and just a little on the burned taste. Think they left it in theri “pot” too long without stirring. I’m hoping this is what I’m craving. Getting ready to make it now.

  51. Gisi von Schilling says: your recipes


  52. This recipe is spot on for Panera’s soup! Im not sure what planet those who said this recipe was bad are on, but they clearly not on earth where brocolli cheese soup tastes amazing. lol I live in the UK, so any time I find a recipe for a comfort food from home I am all in! Thanks so much for sharing!

  53. Linda Camnetar says:

    Went to Panera for the first time on Monday, my daughter’s spur of the moment idea. We had the cheese and broccoli soup. Was so surprised as how good it was.
    Found this and planning on making it in the next couple of days. Will make a double batch to share with her.
    Now any ideas how their bread is made?
    This by the way is an awesome recipe!!

  54. Absolutely delicious!! Used fat free half and half and it worked perfectly!! Thanks for sharing!

  55. This was very good and very filling. I’ll be making it with evaporated milk next time though so it isn’t as fattening. I also added some processed cheese to this as well.

  56. I made this recipe last night. It was wonderful. Served it with some sourdough bread. 11 year old girl loved it, finally. Thanks.

  57. Is frozen broccoli ok to use?

  58. Hi, I was looking to make this soup for my work’s Soup Day and to feed about 20 people or so, can you recommend what changes you would make and would it turn out the same if I made it the night before and then heated it before lunch?
    Any advice you could give would be super helpful!

  59. Made this last night, absolutely perfect! Even the non-soup eater in the house snuck a bowl 🙂 Pair with french baguette. Delicious. Thanks!

  60. This soup is delicious. I used low sodium chicken broth, 2 % milk and added 2 small potatoes.
    Thank you for this scrumptious recipe.

  61. thanks for delocious soup!!

  62. thhanks for delicious soup!!!

  63. I just shredded carrots with my box grater and it worked just fine. Less expensive that way.

  64. Excellent recipe taste just like Panera. The nutmeg is the secret ingredient. I cooked everything in one pot. No need for extra dishes. Just added the 1/4 cup of butter to salted onion and and added the flour for the thickening. I used 1 cup of 2 % milk and 1 cup of half & half. Its delicious!

  65. A correction should be made that 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese is not 2 cups. It is 1 cup

  66. Made the Panera Bread Broccoli Soup it was yummie to our tummies!!!!

  67. Everytime I make this, as soon as j add the cheese… It’s almost like the fat separates. Any way to fix that or why that happened?? I’ve made it four times and have done it step by step EXACTLY how the recipe says… And it always seems extra oily everytjme ONLY as I add the cheese!! HELP!

  68. Broccoli Soup: too high in saturated fat and cholesterol. If that a copy of Panera’s, I’m not going there any more.

  69. Broccoli Soup: Saturated fat = 97% of daily value, cholesterol = 32% of daily value, sodium = 416 mg, 17% of daily value. If that’s a copy of Panera’s, I’m not going there any more. The main nutritional value is in the broccoli, which I can eat without all the killer ingredients.

  70. The shredder blade on a food processor will make quick work of shredding the carrots or the cheese. It is cheaper than buying the prepackaged type and way less work than using the julienne tool. I love cheddar broccoli soup! I have a huge pot of loaded baked potato soup on now, but this is definitely going on the menu next week!

  71. Amazing recipe! You can’t go wrong with broccoli and cheese! I must try it, my family will love it! – Love, Anna

  72. Yigit Ozdemir says:

    I am a man. I will do it today. I will let you know the taste 🙂 I will cook it for my sick son. He has been throwing up since yesterday night. Hopefully it will help him out.

  73. Hey I got all the ingredients yesterday after reading your receipe and now I only find this Panera one. The reciepe I read yesterday had smoke paprika and cayenne pepper in it. Help!

  74. I don’t usually go back and comment, but this soup is so amazing I had to! Tastes just like Paneras, or maybe even a little better in my opinion! It’s sooo good. I did it exactly as described (except used an immersion blender in the pot for about 20 seconds instead of blending a cup) and it was perfect!!