Friday, January 14, 2011

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

My friend Brooke made this soup for me awhile back and it is SO good.  We don't have a Panera in Utah County, but I believe its alot like Paradise Bakery.  At least we can make their yummy broccoli cheese soup at home! 

I love to use this bag of broccoli from Costco.  It's only about $5 and lasts for awhile.  All you need to do to use it is defrost in cold water in a ziplock for about 20 minutes before you use it.

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped (I use dried onion)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half and half
2 cups chicken stock or chicken broth
1/2 pound broccoli
1 cup carrots
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper
8 ounces cheddar cheese

Saute onion in butter, set aside
Cook melted butter and flour using whisk for 3-5 minutes.  Slowly add half and half.  Add chicken broth whisking continuously.  Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add broccoli, carrots and onions and cook until veggies are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Pour into blender and puree (or keep it husband likes it better like that!)

Return to pot, add cheese and heat until melted.


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