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**Knockoff** Panera Bread Cheddar/Broccoli Soup

**Knockoff** Panera Bread Cheddar/Broccoli Soup

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I am a soup junkie…it’s a GREAT way to use up leftovers — and makes for a very frugal meal. Add a little salad or bread and you can feed a hungry army. There are several soups at Panera that I do NOT like, because they do things like put too much spice in their French onion, etc…it overpowers the whole result. I DO like the Panera Bread Cheddar/Broccoli Soup! If I go to the restaurant, I do this soup and a salad, with a baguette.

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Here is my version of that soup — save a few bucks and eat it at home.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup carrot, julienned
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and white pepper

Sauté onion in butter. Set aside.

Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.  Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Remove 1/3 of the soup to purée in a blender, and then add that back into the soup. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.

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