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Broccoli Cheese Soup - Panera Copycat

This delicious, creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup is an exact replica of Panera’s famous soup. Ladle up a bowl of veggies and cheese to enjoy a comforting meal that will warm you up. This dinner is easy to make right in your kitchen!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, cheese, comfort food, copycat, panera, vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 665.86kcal


  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and julienned
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 16 oz. chicken stock or broth
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large skillet. Add onions carrots, celery, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until veggies are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • Add flour and stir until veggies are coated. Gradually add the milk, stirring after each addition. Add the chicken stock/broth and simmer, covered, over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add broccoli florets and simmer (still covered) over medium-low heat for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted and serve hot!


For a smoother soup consistency, use an immersion blender to puree the mixture. For a chunkier consistency, serve as-is.
Transform this broccoli cheese soup into a gluten-free meal by omitting the flour! Easy peasy!
Cauliflower, mushrooms and green peppers can be great additions to change up the soup!
Feel free to substitute olive oil for butter.
Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a nice little kick!
Heavy cream can be used to replace milk if you want it thicker. Bone broth can be used so you pack in healthy ingredients while enjoying each bite of cheese!


Calories: 665.86kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.65g | Protein: 35.34g | Fat: 49.02g | Saturated Fat: 28.14g | Cholesterol: 141.54mg | Sodium: 1148.63mg | Fiber: 3.65g | Sugar: 4.25g