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Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup

​Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup is a make at home version of Panera's most popular soup! Filled with broccoli, carrots and cheese this recipe is a one-pot easy to make meal. 

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 as a main course


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots I used baby carrots
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • few drops of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cream or half and half
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch whisked into 1/2 cup cold water or cold broth
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese about 8 oz


  1. Melt butter in large stockpot. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes. 

  2. Add carrots and broccoli cook for additional 3-4 minutes, season with salt, pepper, paprika and hot pepper sauce.

  3. Pour chicken broth and cream into vegetable mixture. Add one teaspoon mustard, whisk until smooth.

  4. Simmer over medium-low heat.
  5. In a small bowl or cup, whisk the 1/2 cold water (or additional broth) together with the cornstarch until smooth. Pour into the stockpot with the vegetable mixture. Whisk until smooth. 

  6. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.  Add cheese and cook just until cheese is melted. 

  7. Reduce heat until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Sharp or extra sharp cheese is best for this recipe.
  • If you want to make a heartier soup, cook a couple of chicken breast halves and shred or chop before adding to the finished soup.