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Copycat Panera® Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I love Panera's broccoli cheddar soup but it was hard for me to want to visit my local restaurant during this pandemic so I came up with my own. There are tons of variations and options to make this soup your own. You can add extra veggies, different cheeses, garlic to your onions, a little nutmeg to the finished soup, green onions, sour cream, etc.

The list goes on and on. Make it your own! Serve topped with cheese!


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets

  • 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

  • 2 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Step 1- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in hot butter until translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  • Step 2- Whisk 1/4 cup melted butter and flour together in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to whisk and cook , adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk if necessary to keep the flour from burning, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Step 3- Gradually pour milk into flour mixture while whisking constantly. Stir chicken stock into milk mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook until mixture is thickened, about 20 minutes. Add broccoli, carrots, sauteed onion, and celery; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Step 4- Stir Cheddar cheese into vegetable mixture until cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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