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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3 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.

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