Continuing with my love for Panera Bread, today's featured recipe for two serves up a hearty bowl of Panera inspired Cream of Broccoli Soup.  Yum!

My recipe offers a "healthier" alternative to the original by using fat free half-and-half cream and scaling back on the butter and cheese.  In the end, you'll still have a creamy, soothing and delicious bowl of soup, but without the side of guilt. 

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Total Time: 60 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes

What you'll need
1/2 head fresh broccoli (approximately 2 cups)
1 cup matchstick carrots
1/4 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups fat free half-and-half cream
2 cups chicken stock 
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste 

1. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Sauté onion in butter.  Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Add additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the saucepan. Cook until butter melts.  Whisk in flour.  Continue to stir for about 1 minute.  Add the half & half, while continuing to stir. 
3. Add the chicken stock and cheese. Heat on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and bubbly.
4. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from food.com

02/22/2012 11:11

Hmmm I do love Panera's broccoli cheddar soup. I have tried making it a couple times - full fat and all the calories version though. Will have to try your low fat version next time!


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