Today it is chilly in Texas. Sounds strange for an Alaskan to say that but here you have yo factor in the wind AND humidity. It bites to the core!! So today we need some nice warm soup to keep us warm. This is the recipe that taste JUST like the soup from Panera Bread. It is one of my favorite items to order from there. I like it in a bread bowl or with some bread on the side to dip in it. Yum! Enjoy!
Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup
2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP Flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup Half & Half( I use evaporated milk)
2 (14.5 oz) cans Chicken Broth
1 (16oz) package frozen chopped broccoli
1 cup Julianne cut carrots or shredded carrots
1 pound loaf Velvetta cheese
8 oz shredded Cheddar Cheese
salt and pepper to taste. ( i didn't add salt because the cheese is already salty)
In a large sauce pan, melt together butter and onions on low to medium
heat. cook a few minutes to cook onions a bit. Add flour and mix well.
Slowly add Half & Half a little at a time while whisking till
thickened and smooth. When incorporated add Velvetta and stir till
completely melted. Add broccoli and mix. Add Broth one cup at a time
mixing well. When mixed well, add carrots and simmer about 20 minutes.
During the last 10 minutes of cooking add the cheddar cheese. Serve when
all the cheese is melted completely. Serve with some warm bread.