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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe (VIDEO)

Broccoli Cheese Soup served in bread bowls is the ultimate comfort food. This creamy soup is loaded with fresh broccoli, is low carb and healthier than most with just 1/2 cup of cream. Watch the easy video tutorial below and enjoy this copycat version of Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Broccoli cheese soup served in a bread bowl with a spoon in the bread bowl

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Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup:

Broccoli and Cheese soup is essentially a cream of broccoli soup with cheese. We use 2 types of cheese; sharp cheddar and shredded parmesan. For years, we have been working on developing a broccoli cheese soup that we loved and the key was in combining the two kinds of cheese for balanced and rich flavor. You can serve this in a bread bowl (instructions below) or in a soup bowl with dinner rolls.

Ingredients for homemade broccoli cheese soup with fresh broccoli and cheese

How to make Broccoli and Cheese Soup:

  1. In a dutch oven melt butter and sautee onion and carrots until soft (5 min).
  2. Add chicken broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil then add broccoli and simmer partially covered until broccoli is tender (10-12 min).
  3. Remove and set aside 2 cups of veggies. Blend remaining soup until creamy using an immersion blender or in batches with a blender.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup cream and 3 Tbsp flour until smooth then blend in 1 tsp dijon. Bring soup back to a boil and whisk in the cream/flour mixture, whisking 3-4 minutes until smooth and thickened.
  5. Remove soup from heat and stir in the cheeses then add reserved cooked veggies. Season to taste and serve.

How to make broccoli and cheese soup step by step photos

How to Make Bread Bowls:

You can recreate the famous Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup by serving it in a toasted bread bowl. It’s such a fun way to serve it and feels like dining out. When the bread is toasted, it crisps up on the outside and tastes like a fresh loaf out of a bakery – delicious! It’s also really easy to make a homemade bread bowl.

  1. Bread Bowls: You will need 6 to 7″ diameter sourdough round loaves also known as boules. Using a serrated knife, cut off the tops and scoop out the centers with a spoon to make room for the soup.
  2. Place on a baking sheet then broil on high heat on the center rack of the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the tops are golden brown then remove from oven. Keep a close eye on your bread since it can burn quickly.

How to make bread bowls cutting out the centers

Cooks Tip: Keep those soft centers you scooped out to serve with the soup or use them to make croutons for your next Caesar Salad!

Watch the Video Tutorial:


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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe served in bread bowl and topped with shredded cheddar cheese

Common Questions:

  • Why is my soup grainy? Cook Soup until the veggies are tender and it will blend easier. If you want a completely smooth soup, be sure to blend until desired consistency with an immersion blender or a high powered blender.
  • What goes well with broccoli cheese soup? We love serving this inside sourdough bread bowls, but you can serve it in a regular bowl with Dinner Rolls or a slice of French Bread.
  • Can I make this vegetarian? For a vegetarian soup, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Can I make this Gluten-Free? Substitute all-purpose flour for a 1:1 gluten-free flour to make this a GF soup.
  • Is this soup healthy? Since we blend most of the veggies into the soup, it naturally starts with a creamy base and only needs 1/2 cup of cream to finish it off. This homemade version is healthier than most of the recipes I have seen and is fairly low carb. Check out the nutrition label below the recipe card for calories.
  • Can I use frozen broccoli? You can use frozen broccoli. Add frozen florets to the recipe just like you would fresh and cook to desired doneness.
  • Can I use the broccoli stems? You can use the broccoli stems, but make sure to peel the stems first since they can be tough and fibrous then dice the tender broccoli stems and add them with the broccoli florets.

Peeled fresh broccoli with stems to use in broccoli and cheese soup

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Panera Copycat soup recipe in bowl with spoon served with dinner rolls

Broccoli Cheese Soup

5 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheese soup served in bread bowl

Broccoli Cheese Soup served in bread bowls is the ultimate comfort food. This creamy soup is loaded with fresh broccoli and has just 1/2 cup of cream. Enjoy our version of Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$15
Keyword: broccoli cheese soup
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 234 kcal
Servings: 8 people (1 cup servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion finely diced (from 1 medium onion)
  • 2 cups carrots (3 medium), sliced into thin rings
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups broccoli (2 heads of broccoli), cut into small florets
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups shredded), plus more to garnish
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese (mild) shredded

Instructions

  1. Prep all of your ingredients before you start cooking. In a dutch oven or medium soup pot, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Add onion and carrots and saute until onions soften (5 minutes).

  2. Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 tsp thyme. Bring to a boil then add broccoli and reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook until broccoli is softened (10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of broccoli).

  3. Remove 2 cups of vegetables with a strainer and set aside. Blend remaining soup in the pot with an immersion blender or puree in batches in a blender. Blend until smooth or your desired consistency.

  4. In a separate small bowl, combine 1/2 cup cream with 3 Tbsp flour and whisk vigorously until smooth and no longer lumpy then blend in 1 tsp dijon. The mixture will be thick like frosting. Bring the blended soup back to a boil and whisk in the cream/flour mixture, whisking for 3 to 4 minutes until smooth and thickened.

  5. Remove the soup from the heat. Stir in the cheeses then stir in the reserved cooked vegetables. Season with salt to taste and serve right away. Garnish with more cheddar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 599mg26%
Potassium 414mg12%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 6144IU123%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 252mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Nastia
    July 11, 2020

    Hi, Natasha, I’ve lost 2 of my teeth (planed) 2 days befor, so my husband just has made this soup for me. It is sooo great! Thank you very mutch! I’VE noticed a lot of other Things from you side greetings from germany

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 11, 2020

      Aww that’s so nice of him! I’m so glad you enjoyed this soup! I hope you recover quickly!

      Reply

  • Steve
    June 28, 2020

    Looking for you food scrapper. I could not see it in the posting.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2020

      Hi Steve, you may see the kitchen tools that I use here in our Amazon Page.

      Reply

  • Hysha
    June 18, 2020

    Hi Natasha made this soup last night and it was phenomenal! Question , can you double the recipe and get the same results ?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2020

      Hi Hysaha, you sure can! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Hysha
    June 17, 2020

    Amazing soup recipe ! We all can’t stop raving about how good it was. Question, can this recipe be doubled with the same result to make a larger batch?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      Hi Hysha, I bet that could work. If you experiment please let me know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Mel from Colorado
    June 6, 2020

    Made this for dinner tonight and OMG it was so delicious!! Also added some Baby Bella Mushrooms that I needed to use up. Definitely a do over menu item! Thank you for sharing your recipe Natasha. LOVE your site and plan to be back often!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Kathy Lynn
    May 19, 2020

    Love this recipe make it every two weeks. Her chicken noodle soup also great. Love watching and cooking with Natasha, she is the first person I have enjoyed watching and cooking with.🥰🥰

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2020

      Thank you so much for your compliments, Kathy. I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Amanda
    May 10, 2020

    Made this for the first time today. Only adjustments I made were having to substitute regular mustard for the dijon and regular chicken broth for the low sodium version (I just used half the salt called for). Super good! Could definitely serve this to company Will be making this one again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2020

      That’s nice to know information, thank you for sharing some of the substitute ingredients that you used. That’s so helpful!

      Reply

  • Eddie
    May 10, 2020

    Creamy and Cheesy

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2020

      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  • Bookie27
    May 9, 2020

    Thinking about making this but was wondering if it can be frozen? and how long will this stay good for in the fridge?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 9, 2020

      I probably wouldn’t try freezing this one due to the cheese and dairy. It might separate and not maintain its creamy consistency when it’s thawed. This is one of the few soups we have that are really best enjoyed fresh. Check out our other soup recipes here.

      Reply

  • Dana
    May 7, 2020

    Does this recipe freeze well? Looking forward to trying it out!

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    • Natasha
      May 7, 2020

      Hi Dana, I probably wouldn’t try freezing this one due to the cheese and dairy. It might separate and not maintain its creamy consistency when it’s thawed. This is one of the few soups we have that are really best enjoyed fresh. Check out our other soup recipes here.

      Reply

  • Tiffany
    May 4, 2020

    This soup was delicious. It’s so creamy. My family loved it. They loved the crunch of the bread bowl too. Yum. I will definitely be making this again

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2020

      That is awesome! I’m so happy that everyone loved it. Thanks for the good feedback.

      Reply

  • Marie
    May 2, 2020

    OMG. I would add a photo if we had leftover but we ate it so fast!! When I first told my husband what I was making for dinner he was like “meh” but once he had it… BAM! We’ve now had it twice in the last two weeks.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 2, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Cori
    April 29, 2020

    Wondering if you’ve got a bread bowl recipe to go along with this?? I’d love to try it sometime and in a bread bowl, to me, is the best way to have broc soup!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2020

      Hi Cori, I do not have a bread bowl at this time but that is a great idea. I have it on my to-do list.

      Reply

  • Rosahan Alayon
    April 20, 2020

    Hi Natasha: love watching you cooking and your kids are beautiful. Love your kitchen too. Recipes seems so easy and you are funny. I am making the broccoli and cheese soup. I ordered my bread bowls but wouldn’t be ready until tomorrow. So I am making this soup in two parts. Hope it’s turns out well.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 20, 2020

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Enjoy and please share with us how it goes!

      Reply

  • Cindy B.
    April 12, 2020

    This was my first attempt at making broccoli cheese soup and it came out absolutely amazing! My husband (who is a retired chef) actually admitted it was better than his! I did replace half of the parmesan with asiago as I ran out of parmesan.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 13, 2020

      Great job for your first time! Keep up the great work and I hope you love every recipe that you try.

      Reply

  • Elena Arneson
    April 11, 2020

    The best and so easy to make. I didn’t have dijon mustard but honestly how much better could it get with it on it? Lol
    I love it

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 11, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kim
    April 10, 2020

    This Broccoli Cheddar Soup is delicious! I have tried several broccoli cheese soup recipes over the years and their consistency or flavor wasn’t exactly right, but this recipe is perfect! Everyone loved it! Happy to have finally found the right recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 10, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Kim!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    April 1, 2020

    I love all your recipes, thanks for all your tips. I have lupus and a lot of food doesn’t taste good due to my taste buds has changed, your recipes are really good. Thanks again

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2020

      You’re welcome, Debbie! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes!

      Reply

  • Tammy
    March 21, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    I grate a lot of cheese too, but now I have a presto salad shooter. It makes life so much easier. I got mine from Amazon. Just a fun suggestion

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 21, 2020

      The more cheese the better! I agree. I’ll have to look it up, thank you for that suggestion.

      Reply

  • Janice D.
    March 19, 2020

    It was so good!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Janice!

      Reply

  • Lily
    March 13, 2020

    You have so many ads on your website! It becomes very distracting and annoying.
    I understand that it is how money is made, but its simply too much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      Thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback. 
      The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes. 
      I appreciate your feedback and I hope you love every recipe you try.

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  • Irene
    March 11, 2020

    “This stuff is so good.. Did you pull it from Natasha’s Kitchen?”
    -Husband

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 11, 2020

      I love it! Thanks to you and your husband for this great review.

      Reply

  • Naomi
    March 11, 2020

    Hi Natasha thank you glad I found you! Can you use heavy cream instead that’s what I have right now .. ?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2020

      Hi Naomi, that should work. We prefer heavy whipping cream since it is more creamy. I hope you. love this recipe.

      Reply

      • Linda C Sharp
        June 8, 2020

        In regard to Naomi’s question, heavy cream—heavy whipping cream…what’s the difference?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 8, 2020

          Hi Linda, are essentially the same thing, and both must contain at least 36% or more milk fat.

          Reply

  • julles
    March 10, 2020

    Looks so yummy, can’t wait to try this tomorrow! But I have a question.. what if I want to add water to it to make more of the soup ( biggish family lol ) ? Would I have to add more flour and heavy whip cream?Thank you for your help!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2020

      You can add water but it will not be as tasty and creamy as the original recipe and you would have to adjust and add the other ingredients and seasoning as well if you want to achieve the same result.

      Reply

  • Luba Demkiv
    March 10, 2020

    Natasha!!! I was waiting for this recipe for a long time & so glad I finally got it ! This is my favorite soup! Thank you So Much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 10, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Luba!

      Reply

  • Anne Watson
    March 9, 2020

    This soup is absolutely delicious-I did make a few changes as a result of what I had in the fridge-I used half chicken and half homemade beef broth and I used a variety of cheeses that I wanted to use up (fontina, pepper jack, mozzarella, extra sharp and parm)-so good!!! This recipe is a keeper!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      That’s so great Anne! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Sandi Curry
    March 8, 2020

    I have a problem and don’t know if you can help me or not. In order to fit your recipe on my “print page” I have to zoom the size down so small that I can’t even read it. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      Did you try printing it in portrait mode?

      Reply

  • Richard Benz
    March 8, 2020

    I made this soup last night. I have one word for it… fantastic! I prefer this to the salty version in the restaurant. Thanks for sharing this winner!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      You’re welcome, Richard! I’m so glad you liked that.

      Reply

  • Mike Grgich
    March 7, 2020

    I made the soup tonight for dinner and everybody loved it! Finished every drop. My nephew had 3 helpings! Better yet, I made your chocolate cake for dessert so it really was a Natasha’s meal day! Thanks for the helpful recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Mike!

      Reply

  • Chris
    March 7, 2020

    Best Broccoli Cheese soup! Thank you for a wonderful recipe and very simple, one of those 30 minutes or less and you can feed the hungry. Will be using this recipe again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Chris!

      Reply

  • Tonya P.
    March 6, 2020

    Ok lets start with the fact that I love cheddar cheese and broccoli soup, but I’ve had the worst of luck with finding the right recipe. I believe I’ve actually traumatized my husband with my previous broccoli soups. This recipe is by far the best so far, and believe me when I say I tried many! Thanks! I can now enjoy my favorite soup without having to go to pannera bread and spend a fortune.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      I hope this one changes it all and becomes your new favorite, Tonya! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your review with us, I hope our recipe tips help you.

      Reply

  • Vica
    March 6, 2020

    Looks very good!! Is ok to make a day before ???

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      Hi Vica, we love it fresh but that should work. I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Inna
    March 6, 2020

    Just made this soup and I have so say, this is the best recipe for broccoli cheddar soup out there! So delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Inna!

      Reply

  • Christine
    March 6, 2020

    What can I use instead of Dijon mustard? Please and thank you!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      Hi Christine, I haven’t tried substituting mustard with something else yet to advise.If you try something else please share with us how you liked it.

      Reply

  • Johanna
    March 6, 2020

    Your happy disposition, your wonderful cooking and great looking meals sure make my day. Thank you so much.Johanna

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you for that thoughtful feedback. I’m smiling big reading this comment.

      Reply

  • Lisalia
    March 6, 2020

    I always love your easy-to-follow recipes. Everything turns out beautifully. This is no exception. Great flavor and beautiful to look at. We served it with a large loaf of freshly baked thickly sliced country bread. A new favorite!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      Thank you for that awesome review Lisalia! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Carrie Robinson
    March 6, 2020

    This is one of my kids’ favorite soups! I will have to try this homemade version soon.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      I hope you love it! Thank you for stopping by, Carrie.

      Reply

  • Emily
    March 6, 2020

    Broccoli cheese soup is one of my kids’ favorite soups! Love how much easier it looks with your step-by-step recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      It is easy & the flavor is amazing! I hope you give it a try soon!

      Reply

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