I have a recipe for a deliciously simple soup today: Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese. I have developed such a love for soup since starting this blog. But not just any soup – it must be homemade. Canned soup makes me cringe. I suppose I’m spoiled… But when fresh, wholesome soup is as easy and fast as this one there should be no excuse for opening up a can.
I ate Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup for lunch the other day and while it was totally satisfying at the time I wanted more! So much so that the very next day I adapted this Food Network knock-off. Although it is similar to Panera’s it isn’t an exact rendition.
My version is thicker and has a stronger, fresher broccoli flavor compared to Panera’s. The recipe did have an option of adding water at the end to thin out the soup but I skipped that step, not wanting to water down the flavor. The original recipe calls for simmering the broth first and adding the broccoli later…I added the broccoli sooner, shortening the cooking time and bringing out more flavor.
The soup is also flavored with onion, carrots, bay leaf, and a pinch of nutmeg. It all gets blended until smooth and creamy with little flecks of orange and green veggies throughout. It’s every bit as good as Panera’s if not better, and totally satisfied my every craving.