Lynn’s version of Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Recipe Swap: Soup’s On!)

How cool is it that when I asked Lynn to guestblog this week’s recipe swap, she chose my very favorite soup?!

Jessica asked me to do a guest post for her while she is in the middle of moving to the West Coast. I love to cook and bake, so I was thrilled to be able to help her out by doing a recipe post.

I enjoy spending time in the kitchen. I find it relaxing to bake a batch of cookies or make a loaf of bread. I started cooking as a teenager when my mom went to work. I hated cooking at first. It was a chore. I did not enjoy it at all, but I learned a lot from having to do it.

When my husband and I were first married, he was in dental school. He had an incredibly busy schedule, and I hardly ever saw him. That is when I became interested in cooking and baking. It became a hobby of sorts, giving me something to do. We had to eat, so cooking gave me something to do that was also useful. Now that I have three kids, I do not have as much time to cook and bake as I would like, but I still really enjoy it. The more I bake and cook, the more I love it.

I do get bored with my cooking though, so I like to change things up. I am constantly trying new recipes and tips. I am always searching for a better version of things: a better cookie, a better lasagna, etc. For me this keeps cooking new and exciting.

One of the things that I like to do is try to duplicate restaurant recipes. If I have a really good piece of pie somewhere, I come home and try to find a recipe for it. I have been able to recreate a lot of my favorites this way, many of them just by searching the internet.

The recipe I want to share today is one of those. I love Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar soup. It is really good. But, I always thought that it was expensive for what you get, and the nearest Panera is twenty five minutes from my house. I can’t exactly run out for a bowl anytime I want.

I tried several recipes online that claimed to be just like Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup. I did not think any of them were quite right. I took what I liked about each one and came up with my own version. This has become one of our favorite soups. I hope you enjoy it!

Do you have a favorite soup recipe to share? We would love to hear about the soups you enjoy.

1. Write about it on your blog and bring your link back here. Don’t forget to mention, so that your readers can come back here and join the fun.


2. Share your idea in the comments section.


Lynn is a homeschooling mom who lives in Oklahoma. She has been married to Matthew for 14 years. She has three children and a great food blog, Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

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  1. If I liked broccoli, this would be a great addition to my recipe box. Hubby likes broccoli, but soup never fills him up. I don’t have a soup recipe memorized, but when I get home, I’ll find my potato soup recipe and add it to the Mr. Linky. Thanks for sharing!

  2. JessieLeigh says:

    This looks delicious- we love broccoli and, well, cheese just makes everything better. : )

  3. Mrs. Querido says:

    Perfect! I have broccoli nearing the point of no return right now! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. This recipe sounds great. My broccoli cheese soup is good but uses Velveeta. I’d rather have real cheese so will have to give this one a try.

    I posted a recipe for Corn Chowder on my blog.

  5. This soup sounds great. I also love Paneras Broccoli Cheddar soup, I just hate paying for soup when it is so easy to make homemade. I posted my favorite recipe for Corn Choup, a Racheal Ray recipe.

  6. This soup recipe sounds gooooood. Oh how I love Panera. Except their coffee. They really should just let you have it for free. Along with napkins and straws.

  7. SaraMelene says:

    Soup is one of my favorite things about Fall and Winter!

  8. I’ve not tried to make broccoli cheddar soup before, but cream of broccoli is one of my absolute favorites! I just made a triple batch of split pea soup using the recipe on’s fabulous!

  9. I am in a constant search for the perfect broccoli cheese soup recipe, so I’ll definitely be trying this one. I’ve only had Panera’s once, but as I recall, it was really good. Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. michellenotdawn says:

    Thanks for the comment love! I just bought some clearance broccoli today and will be making this for Sunday dinner!

  11. Can’t wait (!) to try some of these recipes. We have spent the last month or so working through all my really summerery recipes and enjoying them. Lots of dishes containing fresh veggies and fruit (sadly disappearing off the grocery shelves only to reappear at a much higher price and lower quality). Okay, that’s depressing! So, now I am looking for heartier fall/winter fare. I love soup! And now that we are a family of 7 (4 of the male persuasion), we eat soups, stews and big pots of beans pretty often. I have a great vegetarian recipe. Harira is a N. African soup and very flavorful. It calls for safron which I leave out (I’m sorry, I do not pay $12 for spices!) Basic recipe follows: 4 cups vegetable broth
    1 cup diced potato
    1 can diced tomatoes
    large diced onion
    1 cup diced carrots
    1 cup diced celery
    1 can chick peas
    1 cup lentils
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp turmeric
    2 garlic cloves (I do 3)
    olive oil
    1 t fresh cilantro
    lemon juice
    Put 1 T olive oil in a stock pot. Add spices and heat at medium-low until aromatic. Add 4 c stock, carrots, celery, lentils and onion and cook until tender about 20 minutes. Stir in tomato, chick peas, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat through and serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and the cilantro on top. This is better the longer it sits! And it can be frozen, although the potatoes texture will change a little.

  12. money-savingmommy says:

    This sounds wonderful. Check out my blog ( for a great recipe for Chicken Cheddar Chowder.

  13. hi can this be made with veggie broth as well? sounds delish

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