Homemade Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Hope everyone survived their Monday!  We had record lows last night – it got down to 42 degrees last night – in August??!!  WTF?  I love sleeping in cold weather under our down comforter though, so you will not hear any complaints from me.  Until there is 10 inches of snow on the ground!

Breakfast was my typical egg sammie – this time with strawberries on the side.  Breakfast comes in at 397 calories, 15 fat, 23 protein, 42 carbs and 4.4 fiber.

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So I am finally posting my Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup – sorry for the delay, but I had to wait until I ate it to post it! 😀

Copy Cat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups fat free half and half
  • 2 cups chicken broth (I use dry soup base – 2 teaspoons dry mix with 2 cups water)
  • 10 ounces fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (don’t go low fat on this ingredient!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in stock pot.  Add the flour and stir to a paste for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add the fat free half and half – you are basically starting with a roux.  Once you have your thick white sauce, add chicken broth, broccoli and carrots.  Simmer for 30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.  The only thing I don’t like about Panera’s soups is that sometimes I have a giant piece of broccoli in my soup, so I pureed mine.  Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted.   I tend to under salt the soup because I think the cheese is salty enough, but you can decide for yourself! 

This made 7 cups of soup for me:  Each one cup serving:  284 calories, 17 fat, 15.3 carbs, 2.1 fiber and 13 protein.

Here is how mine looks:

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Here is how it looks from Panera!  This was from a lunch Hannah and I went to Panera on May 2, 2009!

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They probably have onion in theirs, which of course, I left out!  I would have loved to have the French baguette with mine though!  I had a romaine salad on the side.  I got some peppers from the CSA, cut into a red one thinking it was a red bell pepper – um – NOT!  It was probably one of the spiciest peppers I’ve ever had, and after consuming about 4 rings, I couldn’t eat them anymore – my mouth was on fire!   I still loved it though!  I “heart” hot peppers! 😀  All together lunch comes in at 412 calories, 29 fat, 16 protein, 19 carbs and 2.3 fiber.

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Tony bought pork chops over the weekend, so I decided to grill them up with grilled zucchini and sauteed potatoes leftover from my potato bar last night.  I may have enjoyed a glass of this while grilling!

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Luckily Tony and I don’t mind cheap wine!

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My plate was 5 ounces of pork chop, zucchini with 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese and 5 ounces of potatoes.  Dinner comes in at 382 calories, 9.3 fat, 40 protein, 33 carbs and 4.3 fiber. 

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And I may have dipped my pork in this!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1241 calories
  • 44 fat
  • 85 protein
  • 96 carbs
  • 11 fiber
  • sadly 41% of my calories were from fat – need to get it under 30%!
  • 45 minute walk at lunch! 😀

So all in all I consider today a success!  You’ll have to come back tomorrow – not only is it my first day of the month giveaway, but September marks my one year blogoversary!  It’s gonna be a good one! 😀

See you tomorrow night! 😀

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