Saturday, July 01, 2006

Panera Bread cheese soup copy cat recipe

In honor of Maja's birthday, and her favorite food.... I thought I'd share this...

COPY CAT RECIPE - Panera Bread Brocolli Cheese Soup

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
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar

Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

serves/makes 4

1 comment:

meLanie said...

Awesome! This is great! My kids all love it. We went there for lunch, but Camryn wan't quite as convinced on the whole soup thing, the chips were way better. We'll have to try it!! Got a reciepe for carmel ics adn frontega chicken sandwiches?? thanks woman!