Have you ever had something that you liked so much that you thought about it the next day and the day after that? I did! My girlfriend and I went to Panera for lunch and I usually order a sandwich, but that day I ordered soup and a salad. I had never tried Panera’s soup and ordered the Broccoli Cheese Soup – WOW – It was love at first taste! I never imagined that broccoli cheese soup would taste so good. I was determined to replicate that soup at home and searched the internet until I found a recipe that sounded perfect … and it didn’t disappoint. It is every bit as good as Panera’s – try it for yourself and see.
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 medium chopped onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half cream
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb fresh broccoli
1 cup carrot, julienned
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated nutmeg)
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (mix white and yellow extra sharp cheddar)
salt and pepper
Sauté onion in butter. Add the rest of the butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.
Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.
Add salt and pepper. Puree in a blender. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.