Copycat Panera's Broccoli-Cheddar Soup


This velvety copycat of Panera's Broccoli-Cheddar Soup is just like the original, with a cheesy broth and plenty of broccoli and shredded carrot. Enjoy with crusty bread to sop up the leftovers.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 3 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups broccoli florets, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • ¾ cup matchstick carrots

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 cups finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add broth and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and carrots. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk milk and cornstarch together in a liquid measuring cup; drizzle into the soup, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually add Cheddar, stirring until melted after each addition.

    a recipe photo of the Copycat Panera's Broccoli-Cheddar Soup served in two bowls
    Photographer: Jennifer Causey, Food stylist: Ali Ramee, Prop stylist: Clairen Spollen

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

398 Calories
26g Fat
23g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 398
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Vitamin A 3249IU 65%
Vitamin C 54mg 60%
Vitamin D 62IU 16%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 52mcg 13%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 682mg 30%
Calcium 597mg 46%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 396mg 8%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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