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Better Than Panera Broccoli Soup Recipe

Thick, cheesy and loaded with broccoli! This Better Than Panera Broccoli soup is a delicious homemade version of a restaurant favorite.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 789kcal
Author: Natalie


  • 5 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 leek (white and light green part only) quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 c. or 1 (32) oz. box, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 carrots peeled, julienned, and cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. half & half or heavy cream
  • 3 medium heads broccoli cut into small florets
  • 2 c. medium or sharp cheddar cheese grated


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven set over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted, add the onion and leek, saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for a minute longer.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and sprinkle in salt, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and carrots. Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan set over medium heat, add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for about a minute. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking vigorously as you add the milk little by little. Whisk until smooth. Constantly whisk as the mixture comes to a gentle boil. When it begins to thicken add the half & half (or cream) and simmer for an additional 3-4 minutes or until very thick. Remove from heat and pour into the soup, whisk to combine.
  • Add the broccoli and cook for 6-8 minutes, then remove from heat. Gradually add the cheddar, stir until the soup is nice and smooth. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional grated cheese, if desired.


Calories: 789kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 1115mg | Potassium: 1475mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 7463IU | Vitamin C: 276mg | Calcium: 882mg | Iron: 4mg