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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If you like the broccoli cheddar soup at Panera Bread, you're going to love this recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped or sliced
  • 4 cups broccoli chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • couple drops tabasco sauce optional
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the carrots and broccoli, stir with the onions and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and a couple drops of hot sauce, if using.
  3. Pour broth and heavy cream into the stockpot along with the mustard. Whisk until smooth and let simmer over medium to low heat for around 10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cold broth and cornstarch until smooth. Pour into the stockpot and whisk again until smooth. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Add cheese, stir to mix well and cook just until the cheese is melted.
  6. Reduce heat to keep soup warm until you're ready to serve. Pair with bread for dipping and a sandwich or salad on the side!

Recipe Notes

Sharp cheddar cheese will work best; you may also use extra sharp!