Panera Please?

Last night I just so happened to come across this recipe for a Broccoli & Cheese Soup ~ a Panera rendition. Back home, Panera is one of my favorite “go-to” spots especially for lunch dates. Whether I’m there for breakfast or lunch…Panera just has that all day appeal. And Panera’s Broccoli & Cheese Soup? One of my all-time favorites!

It turned out to be Panera's clone! (Minus the bread bowl)

I had to make a few tweaks since we were limited on a few ingredients. I used milk vs. half &half, and added a little extra flour. The recipe also says to puree your veggies and soup towards the end…but I left my veggies as is.

I was skeptical about my soup – mainly because the recipe compared it to Panera’s Broccoli & Cheese Soup…so I had high hopes…and Thai take-out ready on speed dial.

Final Outcome? Had I not been sitting here halfway around the world….I would have thought I was in Panera! Yes – it is that close to Panera’s version and I encourage you to try it! Too bad my version provided fewer servings…Stephen and I were fighting over the last bowl.

As for now, it’s time for American Idol and night out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo ~ Margaritas, Chips, and a whole lot of SALSA! I’ll catch ya later! 🙂

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7 Responses

  1. YUM! You know I love Panera. I’m going there for breakfast tomorrow – but I’ve really only ever gone for lunch or dinner. Any breakfast suggestions? 🙂

    • Haha ah i thought of you when I made this! Your breakfast at Panera looked so good!

  2. That looks absolutely delicious! I am going to have to try that recipe!

  3. Oh wow that looks delicious!

  4. looks soo good! Going to try it!

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