Healthy broccoli cheddar soup packed with carrots, broccoli, garlic, and cheese. This creamy velvety soup is much better than Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup and can be made in under 30 minutes for a fraction of the price! 30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Better than Panera!)Soup is an essential winter meal and when it comes to picking our absolute favorite soup, this cheddar broccoli soup has earned the #1 spot. It’s a favorite of kids because of it’s creamy texture and cheesy flavor, and loved by parents because it’s secretly loaded with a ton of nutritious veggies.

If you’ve ever had Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup then you will LOVE this soup. It’s almost a copycat version of it except with much more flavor and texture.

The soup is made with an almost caramelized onion and garlic-based and thickened with a roux (butter and flour mixture) then simmered with veggie stock, broccoli, and carrots. At the very end, half & half and freshly grated cheddar cheese are added to give it a velvety smooth texture.

The result is a deliciously rich, thick and creamy broccoli soup that is loaded with the comforting flavors of broccoli and cheddar. 30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Better than Panera!)


To make this delicious cheddar cheese you will only need a handful of ingredients, a large pot, and 30 minutes. Gather all your ingredients and let’s get cooking! 

Broccoli: Fresh broccoli florets along with the stems chopped into small bite-size pieces. A 12oz bag of frozen broccoli will also work. The instructions and cooking time are exactly the same.

Carrots: You will need about 1 cup of grated, finely minced, or julienned carrots. It is about 1 large carrot or 2 small carrots. This ingredient is optional and can be adjusted to your taste preference.

Cheddar: To get the best possible flavor, we like to use an 8oz block of mild or medium cheddar cheese. You can also use 2 cups of pre-grated cheddar cheese.

Half & Half: Half and half will yield a texture that is not too thick or too thin. It can also be replaced with milk for a light soup or heavy cream for keto dieters.

Stock: Veggie or chicken stock will work great and if you don’t have any on hand, replace the stock with water and add a bouillon cube

You will also need a chopped onion, minced garlic, butter, flour, salt pepper and paprika (can be subbed with nutmeg if desired).

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30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Better than Panera!)CAN YOU FREEZE BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP?

To refrigerate: Place any leftover soup in airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on the stove-top over medium-low heat.

To freeze: Place in freezer-safe zip bags and freeze flat or in freezer-safe containers. To reheat, thaw completely then warm on low heat to prevent curdling.


This delicious soup is packed full of veggies and texture and can be perfectly eaten stand-alone and will make a filling meal. It can also be served in a bread bowl (like in Panera) or with crusty bread for dipping or topped with croutons! If you’re a meat-eater, you can top it with chopped grilled or shredded chicken or mix them in.
30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Better than Panera!)

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30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Better than Panera!)

Healthy broccoli cheddar soup packed with carrots, broccoli, garlic, and cheese. This creamy velvety soup is much better than Panera's broccoli cheddar soup and can be made in under 30 minutes for a fraction of the price! 
Prep10 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 tablespoons butter, ½ stick
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoon AP flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika, or ground nutmeg, optional
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, or 1 large head, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large carrot, grated, julienned or finely chopped
  • 2 cups half & half, or milk or light or heavy cream
  • 8 oz block grated cheddar cheese, or 2 cups (mild, medium, or sharp )


  • Melt butter in a large dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook 3-4 minutes or until softened and light gold. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Add flour and whisk for 1-2 minutes or until the flour begins to turn golden in color. Pour in the chicken stock, broccoli florets, carrots, and seasoning. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the broccoli and carrots are cooked through.
  • Stir in half & half and cheddar cheese and simmer for another minute. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Serve with toasted crusty bread or in a bread bowl if desired.



Serving: 1bowl (1/4th recipe), Calories: 570kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 28g, Cholesterol: 134mg, Sodium: 1225mg, Potassium: 529mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 4381IU, Vitamin C: 65mg, Calcium: 603mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, cheddar, cheese, Panera, soup
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30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Better than Panera!)

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  1. Wonderful just the way the recipe says!

  2. Made the soup and it was delicious! Easy recipe with easy to follow directions. Grating carrots (I had smaller ones) wasn’t fun but it was worth it! Will def make it again! And I think the nutmeg does add that special something to the soup!

  3. Came out really yummy! I doubled the portions and now I have so many leftovers so hopefully it freezes well. I made two changes based on what I had. I did half cauliflower and half broccoli. I also did a mix of whole milk and half and half in order to reduce the calories a bit. Was delicious. Thanks

  4. I used sharp cheddar, I’ll use mild next time. I added another cup of milk to lessen the sharp cheddar flavor. Delicious!

  5. 18/11/2023. Absolutely love broccoli and cheese soup I use Stilton cheese with one cup of cheddar and add extra pepper as we like it that way. I don’t do the roux because to me the soup thickens up enough when you have all the ingredients in especially when the cheese and cream are put in. But if it turns out a little on the runny side then I add cornstarch or plain flour mixed with cold water and add it to the towards the end. Served with fresh baked bread and lashing of best butter spread on it Lush 😋😋

  6. 6ou were right this is so much better than Panera. The fresh ingredients really make it pop. We are having a rare cool Rainey day here in SW Florida and my hubby thought we should pick up some of Panera’s soup at Aldi. To expensive for the amt. So, instead we made our own. Had all ingredients at home just finished enjoying a bowl. Honestly it was ready in 30 minutes. Delicious, did add the paprika yum!
    5his will be on our meal rotation for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I made it with regular milk instead or half and half or heavy cream. I also didn’t have any chicken broth and used two cups of water with Better than bouillon 2 tlb. The roux was excellent, the flavor was very good. The main thing I’d change will be to add a 1/2 cup to a cup of finely chopped broccoli to richen the flavor. Other than that for a 30mjn Recipe and no crazy steps came out delicious. On my second bowl.

  8. Hello! This looks delicious! I plan to make this soon but I was wondering, what is “AP” flour? Is that a brand or type of flour ? Thanks !

    1. Hi Chris! AP is All-Purpose flour. Just the “regular” type of flour!

  9. I would say this is relatively easy to make and an overall decent taste. I did have to add additional seasonings for a better flavor. I will cation you, I think the amount of cheese it too much. I became extremely sick from the amount of dairy, even when I swapped the half & half for soy milk. I realize not everyone is sensitive to dairy, but I typically eat multiple servings of dairy a day, no issues. I have also eaten many bowls of broccoli cheddar soup in my life and never had this happen before lol. Just wanted to let others know that the measurement may be off with this one! If I remade it I’d say 4 ounces is sufficient.

  10. This was perfection! I have been craving a good broccoli cheese soup and this totally fit the bill!

  11. Made this soup ,added two cups of chopped spinache .I used old sharp cheddar cheese ,vegetable broth,also added a little more flour for thickening .I sautéed all vegetables in a large Dutch oven for about 15 min and then added stock.This soup turned out fantastic

  12. Yum!!!
    This soup is so good and easy to make.
    I’ve made the actual Panera soup and this one is much more healthy
    with significantly less calories, carbs and fat.

  13. Measurements are wrong. Ruined my whole dinner.

  14. Hi there, I’m looking at your recipe and I’m going to make this soup tonight. I am going to double the recipe. You wrote 8 tablespoons of butter, ½ stick. Actually, 8 tablespoons of butter is a whole stick. You also wrote 16 oz of cheese for doubling the recipe is 2 cups, that would probably be 4 cups. I just thought you might want to correct it. I’ve had a website before and I know how easy it is to make errors. 🙂

  15. I can taste the flour even after simmering the roux as directed. Once I added the half and half as well as the cheddar cheese, this was too thick. Added a bit more half and half. Still too thick. I used a medium cheddar cheese and unable to taste the cheese. I did use veggie stock for this batch. Next time will try chicken stock and will look for a more forward tasting cheddar cheese. Will also use less flour for the roux as well.

  16. Made my wife’s all time favorites list. I doubled the recipe and used half shredded cheddar and half smoked Gouda. Would recommend.

  17. Can you make this soup ahead of time? Or is it best served the same day?

  18. Just made this and we enjoyed it. Added some more carrot and onions. It needed some more salt for our taste, but otherwise perfect. Thanks for this recipe!

  19. Made this soup exactly as instructed and my family loved it! I’m vegan so next time around I’ll sub out the cheese and milk for vegan options and hope it comes out as good as the original. I.m looking forward to trying more recipes from this site! Thank you for sharing!