Friday, March 19, 2010

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Like Panera

Rating: 5 stars
Prep time: Easy

I love the broccoli cheddar soup from Panera bread. I found a copycat recipe on the internet, and made a few alterations. Now I like it just as much as Panera's! (Recipe updated with a few more alterations, as of 1/30/13)

1/4 cup butter
1/2 small onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half (or 1 cup milk, 1 cup cream, or 2 cups half-and-half substitute)
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 head to 1 full head broccoli, chopped
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups grated sharp cheddar
1/4 t nutmeg

Saute onion and garlic in butter; add flour and mix well. Cook until bubbly. Slowly add stock, continuing to stir. Add broccoli and carrots and bring soup to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat and add half-and-half and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low heat until the veggies are tender (20-40 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and purée at least half of the soup with a stick blender, or in batches in a regular blender (if you want to keep some of your veggies chunky, leave half the soup as-is).

Remove soup from heat. Add cheese, and stir until fully melted. Add nutmeg and serve immediately.

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