Nothing soothes the soul like a hot bowl of creamy broccoli and cheese soup, and Panera makes one of the nation’s most beloved broccoli and cheddar soups. This comfort food is best served in a bread bowl, the traditional medium for imparting cheesy goodness to Panera, and for many people, there is nothing else like it.
For some, it is a soup that confirms true love. For the Twitter user Crystal, learning that her boyfriend also likes Panera’s broccoli and cheddar soup has proven to be compatible.
I recently found out that my boyfriend’s favorite soup from Panera is broccoli cheddar soup and I’ve never been more convinced than a soul mate
– crystal (@__ 2ndsucks) September 22, 2020
And if you needed a one-word claim on why this soup is so beloved, Aaliyah Jay summed it up in a tweet, saying “SLAPPPSSSSS”:
Panera Bread’s broccoli cheddar soup SLAPPPSSSSS
– ItGIRL (@AaliyahJay) Aug 5, 2020
OK, so this soup is amazing. But have you thought about trying to replicate the recipe at home? It can be done! In fact, he To been done, multiple times – there are a ton of copy recipes to try.
Most recipes, like the popular one from Food.com, call for basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand, such as flour, butter, onion, nutmeg, and of course, cheddar and cheese. broccoli. Many recipes call for half and half as compared to regular milk, or a combination of milk and heavy whipping cream, which is used in Shugary Sweets’ Broccoli and Panera Cheese Soup Recipe. But if you want to lighten it up, experiment with low fat milk.
For broccoli, fresh or frozen could work for most recipes. If you opt for frozen foods, thaw them quickly before tossing them in the soup. They don’t need to be perfectly al dente as they will continue to cook and become tender in the soup anyway. Ditto for carrots.
Some of these recipes call for chicken broth, and there’s a reason for that. Panera’s own recipe, which is surprisingly not vegetarian, uses chicken broth. Many copy recipes try to get a perfect match with the original and therefore go for the chicken broth, but if you want to make your version vegetarian, just switch to the vegetable broth.
A vegetarian version of this soup makes a big claim: Averie Cooks calls its recipe the “best broccoli and cheese soup (better than impersonator Panera)”. Along with the vegetarian take, she adds a few optional spices that give her a little more oomph. It sounds like a recipe to try just to find out if you really think it’s better than Panera’s!
Serve the soup in a bread bowl (you can find it at your local grocery store) or warm up a few buns in the oven while the soup simmers. So… swallow it up!
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