Monday, November 28, 2011

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Move over Panera! There’s a new soup chef in town… 😉

Broccoli Cheddar Soup has long been a favorite of mine since the middle school days of my mom taking us to the local TGIF Friday’s after school back in the day… I. Just. Love. It.

Then I grew up and now get my fix with Panera Broccoli Cheddar. We often go after Church on Sundays… not by the hubs’ choice (He’s not a fan as he thinks he pays way too much to leave hungry every time haha). But I LOVE it. Panera is always a hit with all the wives… however, our hubbies would rather go for a big ol’ burger. The never ending battle of man vs woman… hah 

Anyhow, we get out of Church around 10:30 and head on over where I ALWAYS try to order the soup… one time they told me the it wasn’t ready (Not ready? It’s soup… don’t they just heat it up?!)…

Well, I now have a panic attack every time wondering whether or not they’ll serve me my beloved soup.  Until now.

Not to toot my own horn, but this version of Broccoli Cheddar is by far my favorite to date (dare I say it, better that the ‘aforementioned’ varieties)!

I am already looking forward to eating the leftovers for my lunch today (drool). It took all the will power in me to not dig into it for breakfast… seriously.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Total Time: 45-55 minutes


4 tablespoons butter
1/2 sweet onion, chopped (about 1 cup chopped)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups fat free milk
1 1/2 cups fat free half and half
1 cup shredded and chopped carrots
18 ounces broccoli florets
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed into 1/2" squares
dash cayenne
dash nutmeg
Salt & Pepper to taste


Heat butter in a large heavy bottomed stockpot over medium high heat. Saute onions for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir until combined well. Heat mixture for another 1-2 minutes (stirring constantly).

Add the chicken broth, half and half, and milk; bring mixture to a simmer. Add the Broccoli and Carrots and simmer for 15-20 minutes (until broccoli is tender). Add both cheeses and stir until combined well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Season with a dash of cayenne, a dash of nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with warm crusty bread and additional cheddar cheese if desired.

Adapted from Sugarcrafter via Mangio da Sola

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29 Responses to “Broccoli Cheddar Soup”

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    Jessica Lynn — November 28, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    YUM!! I just made some of this the other day, but I’m always looking for new recipes. By the way, where did you get your soup bowls? I’ve been looking for some for months. I have a specific bowl in mind and that one fits the bill!

    • Kristina replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 11:31 am

      Sur la table! 🙂 I searched and searched too and finally found those! love them! Hope Italy is absolutely fabulous – your photos make me SO jealous 😉

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    Nichole C — November 28, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Ha, my husband hates Panera, too. Mainly because of the price but I love it. Can’t wait to try your recipe though, looks/sounds delish!

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    nicole {sweet peony} — November 28, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    mmmm panera’s broccoli cheese soup is my favorite! i am so excited that you have a recipe that is better! can’t wait to make this & eat it all by myself (since my hubby won’t eat it heheh) 🙂

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    Pam — November 28, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Hey girl:
    Reading the blog every day. I am going to try this soup. Is the broc fresh?

    • Kristina replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

      yay! you came back! 😉 yes, it’s fresh broccoli – the pre-trimmed bags of broccoli were on sale this week at Publix!

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    Rhonda — November 28, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    This is one of my favorite soups, this looks awesome.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 28, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    considering my throat currently feels like there are razor blades taking up residence inside, i need this soup. pronto.

    • Kristina replied: — December 6th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

      see, if you were my neighbor, i totally would have brought you some! Hope you are feeling better!

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    Erin — November 28, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Broccoli Cheddar soup is one of my favorites! And I love your bowls.

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    Molly — November 28, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    This. looks. incredible. (aka I’m drooling at work).

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    Joy Wilson Poole — November 28, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    Fortunately, our Panera is right next door to Chipotle, so after church we can both get what we want and meet somewhere in the middle.

    The best part about Panera soups, in my opinion, is the bread bowl! Any tips on how to get the crust of a bread bowl to be shiny and waterproof?

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    Bev Weidner — November 28, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — November 29, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    Ummmm…is it too early to confess my love for you? 🙂 I’m so excited to try this recipe as I, too, have been addicted to Panera’s broccoli cheddar. When we moved last year, our closest Panera is now 45 minutes away! But, now I can make it at home…woohoo!!

    (And, I have the same soup bowls from Sur la Table. Love them!)

    • Kristina replied: — December 6th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

      nope… totally not too early 😉

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    Sandra — November 29, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    It looks amazing and takes hardly any time to pull together.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 29, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Yesterday my friend had Broccoli and Cheese soup and I thought, I want some, but I have to re-search a recipe. Not anymore, thanks! I may make this tonight or tomorrow!!

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    Angie@Angiesrecipes — November 29, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    A soothing and flavoursome soup!

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    Abby — December 3, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Just made this soup tonight b/c Panera is my favorite too but not my husbands. This soup was delicious! I did make two changes though, I added just shy of a teaspoon of dried mustard and 1/2 a teaspoon of paprika. This was just as good as Panera if not even better. Thanks for the recipe, am getting ready to email it to my mom and mother-in-law so they can enjoy it too. Love your blog.

    • Kristina replied: — December 6th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

      aww SO glad to hear it!

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    mjskit — December 4, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    What a delightful soup! Love your recipe!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — December 5, 2011 @ 2:12 am

    I’m with you – gotta love my Panera!
    This soup looks so warm and comforting, I’ll be whipping this up soon.

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    Nicole — December 13, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    I tried this soup last night and it was everything I had hoped it would be. Served it with fresh-baked french bread. I added anotehr 8oz of Velveeta to make it a bit richer, but that’s just persnal preference. Can’t wait to try out some of the other recipes on this blog!

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    AJ — February 16, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Made this soup for dinner and it is SOOO good!! And really a simple recipe. Thank you thank you thank you! This recipe will be a keeper for sure 🙂

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    Reilly — September 26, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Stumbled upon this recipe through pinterest and made it tonight for dinner for my family! We did Turkey Club sandwiches with a cup of soup on the side…they loved it, and so did I! I diced up a potato and threw it in while I was sautéing the onion and garlic and it turned out better than I had hoped. Definitely making this for a Fall/Winter house party, thanks for the recipe!

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    Alex — November 29, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Loved this recipe! I made it in the slow cooker but followed the basic recipe. I used 3/4 cup more milk though because half & half doesn’t exist where I live so I had to use a small can of cream and 2 tbs sour cream instead. Still turned out DELICIOUS! 🙂

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    Lindsey — October 26, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    This was awesome! However.. I probably doubled the Cheddar.. I didn’t measure just shredded and dumped it in! I also doubled the broccoli, half of it being smaller parts with less stems. It turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

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