Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

 Comfort in a bowl! Wanna round it out into a full meal? Serve this Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup in a bread bowl!  #soup #broccoli
As the weather cools, our focus on good health often drifts. Not only are we more susceptible to nasty winter lurgies, but the temptation to hibernate can mean less moving and not as much focus on the right food for optimal health.
Therefore, it becomes increasingly important to fuel our bodies with nutrient-rich, warming foods. Homemade soup and stews can be the cornerstone of a healthy and delicious winter wellness routine. Plus when it’s really cold and windy outside, there is nothing better than to return home and eat some yummy, warm, creamy soup!

It just make you feel better.
I love so much about homemade soups, including their immense versatility. You can make them from nearly anything you have in the kitchen and there are endless possible combinations. I’ve included a few of my favorite ingredients (for both flavor and health) here, which you can use to prepare a delicious and healthy dish.
 Comfort in a bowl! Wanna round it out into a full meal? Serve this Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup in a bread bowl!  #soup #broccoli

A to Z of wellness (part 1)
Besides adding flavour to our meals, broccoli is packed with antioxidants, which may help lower the risk of cancer and coronary heart disease. It is also rich in vitamins C and K, folic acid, and a variety of minerals.
Black Pepper – warming and supports digestive system
Carrots are more than a tasty addition to almost any dish. They are also good for your body’s overall health, especially that of the skin, eyes, digestive system and teeth!
To make this soup gluten-free you can use pureed potato to thicken the soup without using a flour-based roux or use sweet rice flour in place of all purpose flour.
Conclusion – Within about 45 minutes to an hour, I’d pulled together this soup recipe and, the proof is in the pictures….this dinner was a HIT !!!
So if you like soups just go ahead and try out this Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for topping [freshly grated]
  • 1 heaping cup of regular gouda cheese [freshly grated]
  • 1 cup fresh carrots
  • 2 small white onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • dash of ground black pepper, to taste
  • -----------------------------------------
  • adapted from peas & crayons


  1. Dice the onions, mince the garlic and shred the carrot.
  2. For the broccoli :
  3. Chop 2/3 of it into tiny florets and then take the remaining 1/3 and give it a rough chop so you have a few large pieces to add to the soup.
  4. Place chicken broth, broccoli, onion, garlic, carrots, and bay leaf to a pot and cook over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.
  5. Cook 4-6 minutes more or until broccoli is tender.
  6. Once the broth is done, start your roux:
  7. In a large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter on medium heat, whisking constantly.
  8. Once melted, slowly add 3 tablespoons of flour as you continue to whisk.
  9. Remove from heat and pour in the broth-veggie mixture and slowly stir in 1 cup of room temperature half and half.
  10. Place on very low heat, uncovered.
  11. Remove bay leaves from the pot and season with the above herbs and spices.
  12. Add the cheddar and gouda cheese a handful at a time, stirring to melt the cheese after each addition.
  13. Serve immediately in bowls or bread bowls.
  14. Steam reserved broccoli in your microwave.
  15. Garnish the soup with the reserved broccoli florets and a little extra grated cheddar.
  16. Bon appétit!

 Comfort in a bowl! Wanna round it out into a full meal? Serve this Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup in a bread bowl!  #soup #broccoli

About Sarah Kozowski

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I’m Sarah– I do part-time job at a kindergarten and in my free time i love to cook, take photos and go jogging. I'm recipe developer, photographer, writer, and taste tester behind this blog. I develop my recipes and photos through good old fashioned trial and error, some days I have more success than others, as you can judge by the photos here. Grab a cup of coffee (or beverage of your choice) and stay with me awhile, poke through recipes, pick your favourite and reach out to me if you have any questions!

25 thoughts on “Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. how much is one serving?
    I have never had Gouda cheese,
    Can you describe the taste for me?
    I there a substitute for it?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Jacky,
      Nutrition Facts:Calories 300
      Calories from fat 171
      Total Fat 19g
      Cholesterol 65mg
      Sodium 1250mg
      Total Carbs. 21g
      Dietary Fiber 7g
      Sugars 0g
      Protein 12g
      Calcium 350mg

      How to burn 300 calories

      1. Where do the carbs come from? Most of the items listed in the ingredients practically have no carbs or practically no carbs so I’m wondering where they come from.

  2. Love your blog! I will be making the panera broccoli cheese soup and pair it with the cheese bread sticks for dinner. Thanks 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *