Friday, October 26, 2012

Panera Bread's Copycat Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Panera Bread's Copycat Broccoli Cheese Soup is a hearty fall soup. You can use two small sourdough bread for serving bowls. This soup is quick and easy to make.

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Sauté onion in melted butter; set aside.
Step 2: Cook butter and onion mixture and flour whisking over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stirring constantly and slowly add the half-and-half.
Step 3: Add the chicken stock whisking all the time.
Step 4: Simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 5: Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the vegetables are tender for 20-25 minutes.
Step 6: Add salt and pepper.
Step 7: After the soup has thickened; pour in batches into blender and puree.
Step 8: Place back into the pot over low heat; cheese; stir until well blended.
Step 9: Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

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