If you haven’t tried Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup, you are missing out. However, no need to keep missing out on this creamy broccoli cheddar soup that’s so comforting and delicious. You can easily make it at home and it tastes just like the one from Panera!
Using a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and about ⅓ cup of the half and half until there are no lumps. Set aside.
In a deep pan, cook the butter, onions, garlic, and celery for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add the remaining half and half or milk and stir. Add the chicken broth and the cornstarch mix. The sauce will begin to thicken.
Add the broccoli (reserve ½ cup to add at the end). Stir and cook until the broccoli starts to soften. Use an immersion blender to blend the broccoli in the sauce. The sauce will be creamy. Add the cheese. Then add the remaining broccoli and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the carrots is softened, stirring constantly. Season with allspice, salt, and pepper. Serve in a bread bowl or soup bowl. Enjoy!
Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Tip:Carrots - Matchstick carrots work just as well for this recipe. This method also saves time.Cheese - Sharp cheese is best to use to make this Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe as it gives it more flavor.Spice – I also used allspice because of the tangy robust flavor it gives the broccoli soup just like Panera Bread.Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Step-By-Step Photo: