Good ol’ Panera. Its been real, its been fun, its been delicious, but…I don’t need you anymore.
WHAT? HOW? WHY, you ask?
Because this broccoli and cheddar soup is better. I never thought it was possible, but its true.
I’m always really skeptical of recipes that claim to be exact copies of restaurant favorites, because usually the results are nowhere close to the original. And its always a huge letdown! This recipe, however, is the one exception I’ve found. It tastes EXACTLY like Panera’s famous broccoli and cheddar soup, which happens to be one of my favorite things on their menu.
The best part is how easy it is to cook up. I was under the impression that they used some secret combination of hidden ingredients that I would never be able to replicate at home. But that’s definitely not the case here. This recipe is short, simple and to the point. I’m talking 3 spices, simple. Salt, pepper, and nutmug. Plus some straight up sharp cheddar. Oh yeah, you NEED this in your life.
So, get your soup on, people. In the comfort of your own home ;)
BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP
5 tablespoons butter, separated
1/2 medium onion, chopped small
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets
1 cup julienned carrots
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt & pepper
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon of butter on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and saute for 5 minutes, until slightly soft. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate for later use.
Return the pot to the stove and heat 4 tablespoons of butter on medium heat. Once melted, add flour and whisk constantly for 3 minutes.
Whisk in the half and half and the chicken stock, until there are few to no lumps. Simmer on low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the broccoli, carrots, and onions. Continue to cook on low for 20-25 more minutes.
Stir in nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Then add cheese and stir slowly until fully melted.
Ladle into soup bowls and devour that deliciousness!
TINA’S TIP: Find your self an amazing loaf of fresh sourdough to dip into this bowl of yum!