A bowl of creamy and comforting Panera-style broccoli cheese soupA bowl of the perfect Panera-style broccoli cheese soup, made right at home.

Perfect Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe – Make it at Home

Broccoli cheese soup is a staple dish for many, and for good reason. The creamy, cheesy, and comforting soup is perfect for a snowy day or as a warm and filling lunch. One of the most popular places to get broccoli cheese soup is at Panera Bread, but what if you could make it at home and make it even better? This guide will show you how to make the perfect Panera-style broccoli cheese soup from scratch, in the comfort of your own kitchen.


  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 heads of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and add the chopped broccoli to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender or transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the heavy cream into the pot and stir until well combined.
  6. Add the shredded cheddar cheese to the pot and stir until melted and fully combined.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • For a more robust flavor, add in a pinch of nutmeg or dried thyme to the soup.
  • Use chicken broth for a rich flavor, or use vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.
  • If the soup is too thick, add a little of milk to thin it out.
  • For a creamier texture, add a cup of heavy cream.
  • To make the soup healthier, use low-fat cheese or reduce the amount of cheese used.


Making Panera-style broccoli cheese soup at home is easy and can do in just a few simple steps. The ingredients are readily available and the result is a delicious and comforting soup that is sure to satisfy. So why wait? Grab your ingredients and start cooking up the perfect broccoli cheese soup today!

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