It was a chilly start to the day here so I decided to make one of our favorite soups, broccoli cheddar, the copycat version from Panera Bread Company. We LOVE the broccoli cheddar soup. It was a huge hit with my boys and my brother who was here visiting. There was not a drop left and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. I served it with crusty Cuban bread.
To make this soup creamier, I put about 2 ladle-fulls in my blender to puree some of the carrot and broccoli pieces. I garnished with a few shavings of shredded cheddar cheese. This was enough for a late lunch but would be great served with 1/2 a sandwich or salad. Another serving suggestion is ladle into a bread bowl.
The week 3 recipe in the 52 Week New Recipe Challenge for 2016 is this Panera copycat broccoli cheddar soup. My family thinks it a keeper.