Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup *


This is a must!  This soup actually has a lot of flavor and you will enjoy it!  Give it a try!  I added potatoes for extra flavor and bulk – it turned out to be a good decision!



*Onion and chicken stock can be irritating to a sensitive bladder. I use the least amount of onion possible and I make sure I’m either using homemade chicken stock or organic high quality chicken stock that doesn’t include soy or other irritant ingredients.    


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in hot butter until translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Whisk 1/4 cup melted butter and flour together in a large saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until flour loses it’s granular texture, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk if necessary to keep the flour from burning, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Gradually pour milk into flour mixture while whisking constantly. Stir chicken stock into milk mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook until flour taste is gone and mixture is thickened, about 20 minutes. Add broccoli, carrots, sauteed onion, and celery, (add optional potatoes here!); simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir Cheddar cheese into vegetable mixture until cheese melts. Season with salt if desired. 
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5 thoughts on “Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup *

  1. Hi Tiffany! I just found your treasure trove of IC recipes and I love them! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together. It does give hope for those of us dealing with IC. I look forward to all your new post as well.

  2. This is a keeper! And so easy. I made this exactly by your recipe, except for the cheese. I can’t tolerate cheddar cheese, so I used Colby-Monterey Jack. Soooo yummy! It turned out wonderful Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe.I am newly diagnosed with IC just trying to find some recipes to get dr gave me a IC diet to follow.

    • Hi Janine, sorry for the delay. 🙂 My messages were going to spam. I am sorry about your diagnosis.

      In this recipe, please be careful with the asterik’ed items: onions, chicken stock etc. As you may know by now, IC’s food restrictions are different for each patient.

      Please note as well: My IC was Dx in 2012. Since then it’s considerably worsened so if you go back to old recipes, they may have tomatoes, vinegar, etc (irritants), now I can’t have any of those. So please be very careful testing anything, I’d hate for you to have a flare. Please message me if you have questions, I’ll do my best.

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