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Copycat Panera Broccoli and Cheddar Soup Lightened Up

Broccoli Cheddar Soup {Copycat Panera}

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Organize Yourself Skinny


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 ounces low fat cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 2 12-ounce bags frozen broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups extra sharp shredded cheese.
  • extra salt if needed


  • In a 6 - 8qt soup pot sauté the onions, garlic, and carrots in olive oil until the onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Let cook for another minute.
  • In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 flour and 1 cup chicken stock. Pour mixture into the pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the liquid thickens a little bit, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the rest of the chicken stock, coconut milk, cream cheese, and broccoli. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until the broccoli and carrots are soft and the cream cheese is melted, about 25 minutes. It's okay if there are specks of cream cheese during this step. That will be gone after the soup is blended.
  • Using a hand blender or regular blender blend the soup until you get the consistency you like. If the soup is too thick then add in more chicken stock until you get the desired consistency.
  • Stir in the shredded extra sharp cheddar and parmesan. Stir until the cheese melts. Taste for salt and then serve.


Make-ahead instructions
Make the soup completely ahead of time and after it cools portion out into containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Warm up on the store or in the microwave.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fiber: 4g