Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
5 cups broccoli florets
6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk or 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons flour
2 -3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
bacon, cooked and chopped
Steam broccoli until tender, about 6 minutes.
Chop broccoli finely (you can use a food processor if you like).
In a large saucepan, combine broth and milk and slowly whisk in flour.
Cover over medium to medium high heat and stir.
Cook until it starts to thicken (just until it starts to boil).
Add chopped broccoli.
Reduce heat to medium low.
Continue to cook about 5 minutes.
Add cheese and stir until cheese melts.
If using bacon, sprinkle each bowl with bacon.