• Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

    Thank you, Tina, from our Facebook community for sharing this wonderful soup recipe!

    Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
    • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 2 cups half-and-half
    • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
    • 1/2 pound fresh broccoli
    • 1 cup carrots, julienned
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

    Directions:

    Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.

    Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

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