Homemade Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This recipe was one of the first that I posted on this site and it is still a favorite of my family. However, the post was poorly written, it contained only a few sentences. It was also hard to find on my site because it was titled “Dinner” and that was all.  I really should have come up with a better title than that.

I have recently received several emails from readers asking me to repost this recipe so that they could easily find it.

Now only that, fall is coming soon and it will be the perfect time to make soup. So, I thought it would be a great time to repost my favorite soup.

I love Panera Bread soups. I especially like their broccoli soup, but I think they are expensive for what you get. I knew I could come up with something similar to make at home. I tried for quite awhile to make one close to it, but could not get it right. I tried several online recipes, but none tasted just right to me.

I took what I liked from several recipes and I came up with my own version. My family thinks my version is as good if not better than the one you get at Panera’s. I know it is much cheaper than taking my family out to eat.

This is a nice creamy soup and a great way to get your kids to eat broccoli.

For those of you that have been reading my site for awhile, have you tried this recipe?

broccoli soup and no knead bread

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Comments

  1. My recipe is very similar to this one and we love it!! Thanks.

  2. I saw this last time you posted it. I’m so making it for Soup & Sandwich night.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

  3. I love veggie soups and broccoli is one of my favorites. THANKS!!! for the recipe. Geri

  4. I am a huge Panera fan and love making their dishes at home, also! I make a version similar to this soup, but I love the idea of adding the bacon – yummy! I also posted a Panera-like recipe today, for a Balsamic Vinaigrette that is similar to Panera’s Classic Cafe Salad.

  5. thanks for the recipe daughter loves this soup

  6. love that it doesn’t have onions (allergic)!
    thanks again!

  7. This was so good. We had it today for lunch, alongside some baked chicken – it made more than enough for several meals for our little family, and it was so simple, too. Thanks for sharing it! :-)

  8. I tried this a few weeks ago and loved it. I wanted to make it again today, but my broccoli was too far gone so I tried it with cauliflower. Yum!! Just as good. :) Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

  9. I am planning on making a double batch of this and then freezing half of it. I have never frozen soup before does this recipe freeze well?

  10. This sound really good. I’m adding it to my menu plan for next week.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..POM Wonderful Vinaigrette =-.

  11. Sams Club sells the Panera Broccoli Cheese soup! I believe it’s $10 for a big container. I’ve tasted it and it is exactly like in the restaurant!
    .-= Vicki´s last blog ..Trader Joe’s and Sprouts =-.

  12. Oh my, I am sssooo excited to try this. My sweet husband never orders anything but this soup at Panera. If only I had time to make a fancy bread bowl, too. haha :)

  13. I will definitely have to try your recipe. I tried another one from the internet and it wasn’t a good match. It called for pureeing it and the PB soup is definitely NOT pureed! However, yours is missing a key ingredient, IMO: the julienned (or shredded from the grocery store) carrots. It takes about 1 to 1-1/2 cups. I would just steam them with the broccoli or add them tot he broth/milk while cooking.
    Thanks!

  14. I make something really similar to this, and I throw some carrots into the puree-ing just for some more veggies. No one ever notices! Woo hoo!

    This probably negates any sort of nutritional benefit from this soup, but it is to-DIE-for when you have crescent rolls (from the can!) on the side. Yummmm.

  15. This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  16. Any news on the freezing?? Would love to make this for my son who will no longer eat broccoli that is smooth, but we would not eat the whole pot before it would go bad. Thanks!

  17. Cream soups do not freeze well, as they tend to separate. You can omit the cream and cheese, split the recipe to freeze, and then add them to the portion that you are using at the end. When you reheat the frozen portion you’ll have to add the cream and cheese then, as well.

  18. Well, I didn’t try freezing it (yet) but I did make the soup and it was wonderful!!! And my son ate BROCCOLI again!!!!! Thanks.

  19. This is FABULOUS. I’m eating it as I type. I actually used to work for Panera (though I worked in a corporate office, not in a bakery-cafe – I did eat their broccoli cheddar soup A LOT) and this is just as good (if not better!). I’m sure it’s much healthier too!
    Thanks so much for this. I don’t think I need to go back for this again! :)

  20. Ohhh… delicious! And it’s 10 in the morning here- ha! This afternoon/evening are going to be CRAZY busy and my hope is that this will warm up okay for supper alongside my homemade baguette. If it tastes half as good as it does right now, we’re in luck! :) (Happy Birthday!!)

  21. Oh, Lynn … this is divine. I was in the mood for Broccoli Cheese soup this evening (impending snowstorm on the way!) and saw your post about Panera’s tomato soup, linking to this. Absolutely delicious. This will now be my go-to broccoli-cheddar soup. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  22. Do you think his soup would be ok if all I have is frozen broccoli?

  23. I tried this recipe last night and it turned out great! I used frozen broccoli, and it tasted fine. My only wish that it was a little creamier. I will definitely make this again, but might try half and half instead of milk (all I had was 2% milk). Thanks for the recipe!

  24. We tries this soup last night. Yum! I served this with toasted hot dog buns and red grapes. The kids ate it up! “ohh these are fancy breadsticks” lol

    I had trouble with the flour. It clumped up :( I used my fine mesh strainer to skim the clumps and mash back through. I think the soup would be thicker (for those of us not using 1/2 & 1/2) if the flour was whisked in with the milk.

  25. Gave this a try tonight. I had to modify it with what we had, but the recipe was a great guide. It was a hit. Thanks.

  26. MY first batch I made exactly the way the recipe called! Yummy yummy yummy! The next batch I added a little garam masala and it was even more divine! ( if that is possible!) for those who have asked, you can freeze this soup before the dairy products are incorporated into the soup. Wonderful recipe! So many leaping points for leftovers! Thank you for posting this gem!

  27. Patricia Thacker says:

    This was fantastic. I made it just as you said. I really was surprised that it didn’t require any other seasoning! Thanks for sharing. This is a keeper.

  28. Lynne, I was wondering if you’ve tried this recipe with GF flour and if you have, what type of flour or flour mix would work with this recipe? Thanks so much!

    • Yes, I now use either cornstarch or potato starch and both work. The soup is a little silkier ( I guess that is the best way to describe it) than it was before, but it does work. I use about 1/3 of a cup and that amount seems to work okay. I need to measure it out exactly next time I make it so that I can share how exactly I do it gluten free.

  29. I have some half & half I need to use up before February AND a ton of broccoli. Does this freeze well? I sure hope so… Sounds wonderful!

    • Ahh, just read that my freezing question has been answered. Looks like I’ll have to find another way to use up that half & half :) This would still be a winner for lunch, though.

  30. Tracie Lynn says:

    Made this for the first time tonight. It was a HUGE hit. I made home made bread bowls to go with it…..they LOVED it! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful recipes!!!

  31. Just made this afternoon for lunch….it was really good and comes together in no time!! Thanks for a great soup recipe, I’ll be making it again!

  32. Hi, very neat site you have.. I do have a question.. chicken broth… how do you make that?

  33. Made this tonight! Best broccoli soup I have ever had! Thanks so much!

  34. We just had this for dinner and it was soooo good! I used a 12oz can fat free evaporated milk and it was so creamy. Thanks for another great recipe.

  35. Hi Lynn,
    How much time does it take to make this?
    Thanks!
    Csilla

  36. I can’t wait to make this soup. It is one my favorites but I have never found a recipe that looked like what I was looking for. Thanks so much. I’ll let you know how it comes out.
    Jackie

  37. I made this today and was extremely disappointed in it – it is tasteless. I kept adding salt but it didn’t help. I checked the recipe on your website again and I did everything the recipe called for. I wasted my ingredients!!

    Take this down.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] wanting to try my hand at Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup, so when I saw that my friend at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures had made it and it looked really easy and especially tasty, I just had to try [...]

  2. [...] broccoli cheddar soup, cinnamon rolls [...]

  3. [...] on a recipe by A Southern Fairy Tale Tuesday: French Toast Sticks by Once a Month  Mom Wednesday: Broccoli Cheddar Soup by Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures Thursday: Leftovers from last week’s Tofu Barbecue [...]

  4. [...] Burgers (Allrecipes.com) on the grill. We didn’t actually make this last week. Thursday: Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures) Friday: Homemade pizza featuring my breadmachine pizza dough and [...]

  5. [...] Cheddar Soup Recently I saw a recipe for Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup on Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.  I could not wait to try this, as it is one of my favorites [...]

  6. [...] Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup in  Bread Bowls, sliced apples [...]

  7. [...] Panera Bread style Broccoli and Cheese Soup [...]

  8. [...] Panera Like Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures [...]

  9. [...] broccoli cheddar soup, easy french bread [...]

  10. [...] years ago I came up with a homemade version of Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup. My family loved it and I made it often. However, it was not the easiest to adapt to gluten [...]

Share Your Thoughts

*