Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Tis the Season for Soup - Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ok so who doesn't love Panera Bread's Broccoli Cheddar soup? It is always such a toss up between their French Onion Soup and Broccoli Cheddar. They both are so good! And if you get it in a bread bowl - oh my! Although you get significantly less when you get in in a bread bowl than a regular bowl, but I guess you automatically cut down on the calories.

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a which over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half. Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cover over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low that and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

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