Broccoli Cheese Soup

broccoli cheese soup

(Panera Copycat? You be the judge.)

What happens when you take two very very healthy vegetables, broccoli and carrots, and marry them with milk and cheese? You make them very very unhealthy… and very very good!

One of the things I could not eat as a child was broccoli, but put a bowl of soup with it in front of me (with cheese), and I was game. This probably goes for most of you, too. Those green trees just weren’t very appealing back then. Even now, for some.

When we came to the States, and when I discovered that this bowl of deliciousness existed, I thought that soup couldn’t get better than this. Then, years later, I discovered Panera and its broccoli cheese soup – oh my bejesus! Now, for real, soup could not get better than that! Have you had their soup? I wanted to have it every day (and I did for about two weeks), so I had to find out how to make this at home.

broccoli cheese soup

During my long extensive search (Google couldn’t produce results for “Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup” few years ago), I ran into someone who swore that they had the recipe, and it couldn’t be any different than the real stuff. I took down the recipe, followed it to the “T”, and every dotted “i’”, and low and behold, this is it!

I believe it tastes just like it. But, you be the judge – give it a go, you’ll see.



Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ pound fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup carrots, (about 3 large carrots) chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  1. In a small pan, heat the butter and saute the chopped onion. Set aside.
  2. Next you need to prepare the roux; cook butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir constantly.
  3. Slowly add in the milk and continue to whisk.
  4. Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the broccoli, carrots and sautéed onions.
  6. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Pour in batches into blender, or a food processor, and puree.
  9. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended.
  10. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

Recipe also featured on Foodbeast.






  1. says

    Love the addition of carrot to this soup! It’s grey and rainy out here in NY and I could totally use a warm, cheesy, cheery bowl of this…yum!

  2. says

    i love soup , and i love broccoli soup as well but as u mentioned when u add milk and butter and egg , it become more calory and not so healthy:(
    but tasty anyway:)

  3. says

    Looks wonderful Kate and I see NOTHING unhealthy about this. We need calcium and vit D so why not combine broccoli and carrots with milk and cheese…into a great big bowl of “more please.” This is real food, if we were all eating more like this and less of that processed junk diabetes would not be as prevalant, thyroid issues would auto correct with adequate vitamin D levels, and we would all have strong bones 😉 I was really craving soup this week, I may pair this up with your whole wheat bread (the quick stuff). Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Yes, cheese and milk do tend to make things better, don’t they. This soup looks delish! A sure-fire way to get broccoli haters to eat their greens!

  5. says

    Hi Kate! Thanks for your kind comment over on my site. This broccoli cheese soup looks fantastic and SO flavorful! It may be warming up around here, but I can always use another excuse to use my immersion blender! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. :) Have a great week!

  6. says

    There’s just one thing I will disagree with 😀 I will claim that even with its milk and cheese, this soup is healthy hehe. I mean, how can something which tastes so good be unhealthy? 😛 I think it’d make a perfect dinner for the cold Monday evening we have here in San Fran! Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Hey Sandra, saw your response to this wonderful recipe and wanted to mention that steamed broccoli is better than raw if trying to lower cholesterol (it binds better with bile salts and helps to reduce cholesterol that way). Jusy a little tip. So eat it raw and steamed 😉

  7. says

    Oh, how yummy!!! I have a feeling there will be a few more soup worthy days left this spring…and I will definitely put this on the menu!

  8. says

    If this is Panera’s broccoli and cheese soup than this blog post is gold! I am about to do the same and heat right over to foodbeast as we speak! Cannot WAIT to try this!

  9. says

    In a moment of weakness about a month ago, I bought a couple pkgs of seasonings for Broccoli Cheese Soup. Right now I haven’t the faintest idea where it is. That’s probably a good thing, I’d prefer to make this one.

  10. says

    I love broccoli. Even loved it as a child ;).
    Broccoli soup is one of my favorites but I actually never had broccoli cheese soup! But I had broccoli with cheese & I know it is delicious :).


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