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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If you long for cool days and hospital Panera food, this soup is for you. Pair with a crusty bread for a fast soup that feeds 6.


  • 2 Lg Carrots, grated
  • 1 Lg White Onion, grated
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1/4C AP Flour + 1/4C AP Flour as needed
  • 8C Chicken Stock (No/Low Sodium)
  • 3 Broccoli heads, cut into florets and stalks shaved and cubed
  • 8oz White Sharp Cheddar, grated from a block
  • 8oz Yellow Extra Sharp Cheddar, grated from a block
  • 2C Whole Milk

Notes: This recipe’s salt content can get out of hand quickly. Season throughout, but consider the saltiness of your cheeses and the sodium content of your broth if not using low/no sodium. No amount of milk is going to unsalt this soup. Additionally, shredded cheese should not be used in this soup. The pre-shredded cheese has a starchy coating which prevents melting and encourages curdling of the soup.


  • In a large dutch oven, melt the stick of butter over high heat and add the carrots and onion. Allow to cook undisturbed until carrots and onion begin to caramelize.
  • Stirring, add the 1/4C of flour, plus oil or more butter if necessary. Cook 3-5 minutes.
  • Add Chicken Stock one cup at a time, slowly forming a gravy. Insure that the flour and carrots and onions are well combined.
  • Add broccoli florets and cubed stems. Cook covered until broccoli softens.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add in a handful of cheese at a time, stirring gently to incorporate.
  • Add milk slowly, stirring well to incorporate without splitting soup.
  • Serve in a bread bowl, or along side crusty breads or fresh croutons.

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