GF Panera-Like Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Prior to my Celiac diagnosis, I spent many a nights in college eating Panera broccoli cheddar soup out of a sour dough bread bowl. Might how things have changed. While I’ve ditched the bread bowl, I can’t break the soup habit. Unfortunately, Panera’s soup isn’t gluten free, but my recipe (a compilation of many variations from the Internet) is. What I love the most about this soup is the combination of the broccoli and carrots. It’s guaranteed to satisfy your soup cravings and makes enough to freeze a serving or two. Don’t forget to serve it with a crust GF baguette!

broccoli cheddar soup

GF Panera-Like Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
This freezes well too! If you like your veggies extra tender, you can microwave the broccoli and carrots for about two minutes prior to adding to saucepan.
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons gluten free flour (Jules' is the best)
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 2 cups gluten free chicken broth (I like Swanson's Natural Goodness)
  • ½ of one small white onion, diced
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes until bubbly
  2. Slowly add milk and broth and continue to whisk on medium for 5-6 minutes
  3. Add broccoli, onion, carrots, onions, salt, pepper and spices and cook for 10 minutes on medium
  4. Add cheese and cook on low for 10 minutes

9 thoughts on “GF Panera-Like Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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    • Hi Kim, Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Panera-like broccoli cheddar soup recipe. I’ve updated the recipe with instructions on when to add the broth and also added a tip about pre-cooking veggies if you like them tender. I prefer a bit of crunch but it would be good softer too. Happy gluten free cooking! -Megan

  4. We love this gluten free soup. This is the second time I have made this and I usually double the recipe for our family of 5. It is yummy. I actually use 4 cups of 2% milk & 2 cups of half & half. I also grate my own cheese- I use Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve. Yum!

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