Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I am a HUGE fan of Panera Bread. Those of you that aren't fortunate enough to have one in your area are definitely missing out. May I highly suggest you schedule a trip to the Midwest soon so you can divulge in all the Panera goodness we have to offer??

One of the Panera's "blue ribbon" items is their Broccoli Cheddar Soup. You can either have it served in a bread bowl or regular bowl and it is a huge staple around here in our family; especially in the winter months.

Knowing how much I like to recreate recipes of other food establishments *cough*Chipotle's Guacamole*cough*...I had to definitely try my hand at Panera's B&C soup.

This recipe definitely does not disappoint and tastes quite a bit like the original if I do say so myself. I added some celery to my recipe just for some added flavor and texture, but I'll not include that in the recipe below as it's clearly an option. And I'm not sure Panera has celery in theirs.

So if you're looking to recreate your favorite soup at home, look no further!

Panera Bread's Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Serves/Makes: 4
Ready In: 30-60 minutes

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt & pepper, to taste
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar

Saute onion in butter. Set aside.
Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.
Slowly add the half-and-half, continue stirring.
Add the chicken stock whisking all the time.
Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.
Add salt and pepper.
By now the soup should be thickened.
Pour in batches into blender and puree.
Return the puree to the pot and place over low heat, add the grated cheese; stir until well blended.
Stir in the nutmeg.

I apologize that my picture below is HORRID and it's in gladware. I didn't have the time to stage it nicely, but it's not about the pic, right? Just focus on the awesome goodness that is this soup! HA!


ashley said...

Oh my word! I love Chipotle's guac too. I'm seriously craving some right now, especially with their yummy chips!