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Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe
Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Soup
Calories: 200
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.2 (20 reviews)
The easy-melting, individually-wrapped Kraft Cheddar Singles are the perfect secret ingredient for a home reconstruction of the delicious broccoli cheddar soup that's served at this top soup stop. In this clone, fresh broccoli is first steamed, and then diced into little bits before combining with chicken broth, half-and-half, shredded carrot, and onion. Now you're just 30 minutes away from soup spoon go-time.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

3 cups broccoli florets
4 cups chicken broth
julie Sorbo  
Submitted on: 12/29/13
I made this recipe exactly as written the first time. I now do it cheaper with substitutes (regular shredded cheddar.) My family loves this recipe, I make it gluten free with 1/2 the amount corn starch instead of flour!
Submitted on: 11/26/08
Didn't taste exactly like Panera's Bread, but it was delicious and very, very similar! My daughter loved it!
Submitted on: 09/30/08
I loved this recipe! I thought it tasted amazing. When the soup was done it did not seem as creamy as the one at Panera but it could be because I used fat free half and half. I loved it!
Submitted on: 07/29/08
This was one of my first recipes from "Top Secret" and found that it was very close to the original at Panera. I didn't get the flour taste that was mentioned in the other reviews. Be sure to use the processed cheese slices instead of the shredded cheese just as the recipe states. Very Good!
Submitted on: 06/16/08
I was SO happy with the results of this recipe! I thought it tasted JUST like Panera Bread's recipe and I went exactly by the recipe! I LOVED it! THANKS!
Submitted on: 04/08/08
This was a big dissappointment. Usually all of your clones taste just like the restaurant. This is a miss. I added about 2T real cheddar, and it was just watery and salty. I don't think I'll try it again.
Submitted on: 05/15/07
Also floury in taste--I used Kraft Deluxe sharp cheddar and soup was thicker and delicious. Also steamed broccoli over chicken broth to not lose broccoli flavor in water
Submitted on: 05/09/07
I made this recipe twice, the second time using real cheddar instead of processed, made both ways it's not quite like Panera but it's good.
Submitted on: 03/20/07
A little floury in taste & Sharp Cheddar gave it a strong flavor. I made it again -- cutting the flour to 1/3 cup, and using 7 White American Cheese slices & 1 Sharp Cheddar. Flavor was MUCH improved.
Submitted on: 03/20/07
I made this last night, but used regular cheddar as I didn't have the processed cheese, I also added chopped ham. It was very good, and even better the next day warmed up. Will try again with the processed cheese next time.
Submitted on: 03/17/07
Fantastic!! Your gonna love it!!
Submitted on: 03/16/07
This tasted just like Panera's soup. Great!!!
Submitted on: 03/16/07
Good Recipe and then i made it again but I added 6 oz. of grated cheddar and 3 oz. of cream cheese and some white pepper. Very Creamy
Submitted on: 03/15/07
5!! definitely! this was GREAT!!!!!
chezgery, Chef in Southern Oregon  
Submitted on: 03/14/07
Smoothy and can also lend itself to, say, Swiss cheese slices with a splash or two of good dry white wine. A nice slice of warm french bread to dredge in this cream boat is alle'chant(e)
Submitted on: 03/14/07
I know someone who will be super thrilled to have this. It was easy to make and tasted the same. WOW!
Submitted on: 03/14/07
This was a good recipe, but did not taste like Panera Bread's. It tasted better after I added more black pepper. I would make this again.
Joyce Pleasant  
Submitted on: 03/14/07
This is very good. But I did put in some potatoes left over from the night before. I chopped them up real little. But either way fixed, I am sure you will like it.
Submitted on: 03/13/07
I make a similar soup, and always use a "good" cheddar. I think it improves the soup to to 10. Processed food lowers the quality of otherwise good food.
Heather Knepper  
Submitted on: 03/12/07
Great!Quick & Easy to prepare. Tastes so good. one the whole family will love!