Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups hot chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk or half & half or whipping cream (optional)
  • 3 to 4 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • to taste Salt and pepper


  1. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
  2. When the butter is ready, add the chopped vegetables; once they soften for about 5 minutes, add the chopped garlic, mix and let it soak well for 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the wheat flour and make sure it perfectly coats all the vegetables.
  4. Add the cold milk or half & half and the chicken broth (I didn’t have any, so I heated 2 cups of water with a tablespoon of Swiss knorr).
  5. Cut into small pieces approximately 3 to 4 cups of broccoli.
  6. Once we boiled what we have in the pan, add the broccoli and cook well, covering approximately 15 to 20 min.
  7. Once our broccoli is cooked, we add the cheese; usually, cheddar (yellow) is used, but I had this one. Lower the heat so that it is not so hot and mixes perfectly.
  8. Let the flavors integrate and adjust the seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper to taste, and that’s it.
  9. I served it this way in a cream bread with salad and grilled chicken…it is delicious.
  10. The recipes are just a base. I do not complicate my life in the kitchen; if I do not have something, I change it for something else, or I remove and add to my taste everything is optional.
  11. Previously we have diced bell pepper, grated carrot, chopped onion, and chopped celery.


  1. Patty Roland

    Yes !!

  2. NANCY


  3. Estelle. Dickinson

    I love broccoli and cheese soup . If I’m out, I’ll get that and a Panera bread bowl. It is so so good.
    Now I can make mine at home.
    Vegetable beef soup looks AWESOME, ALSO.

  4. Martha

    I love Panerai Brocolli soup. This recipe said it was a copycat recipe. I have never seen them use a bell pepper in their soup. Anyone else think a green pepper added is odd? Not trying to be negitive. I am just leery of it.

  5. Sara

    I can’t copy and paste recipe to my Notes file and there is no “print” option. Sad, as I would like to try it.

    • Marilee S.

      Just screenshoot the recipe, even if you have to do it in 2 or 3 shots. Then edit the photos to get the essential parts. Then you can print what you want

  6. Ellen J

    I will cook this on weekend thank for recipe

  7. Linda

    Wish I could print or copy & paste this. Why can’t I?

  8. Barbara Duffel

    How much does this make, I need at least 8 servings

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