Broccoli “Cheese” Soup a la Panera

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by
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If you have a couple bags of frozen broccoli sitting in the back of your freezer, it’s time to give them the attention they deserve! Can’t get to the store? Omit the cheese substitute and just enjoy a simple-to-prepare, piping-hot bowl of plain ol’ Broccoli Soup. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser and so, so easy.

Because I’m the luckiest girl EVER, I was given a bunch of donated Panera bread recently and knew right away that those Panera bread bowls deserved their proper broccoli cheese soup filling. I used to always get a bread bowl with broccoli cheese soup back in my Dairy Days when I would meet a friend at Panera. Would the dairy-free version do my memory justice? I’ve been working on a great broccoli soup recipe for quite some time now, so all I really had to do was add the right amount of Daiya cheese substitute and throw the mixture into a hollowed-out bread bowl

Click here for the printable recipe of Broccoli “Cheese” Soup.

Quite honestly, these don't need to be filled with anything to be enjoyable.  The crunchy, flaky outside; the soft, yeasty inside.... (drooling)

Quite honestly, these don’t need to be filled with anything to be enjoyable. The crunchy, flaky outside; the soft, yeasty inside…. (drooling)

If you haven't tried Daiya yet, it is our favorite dairy-free cheese.  A lot of cheese substitutes contain casein, a dairy derivative and a protein that isn't too friendly to our bodies.  Daiya is casein-free and still melty.  I find it acts more like Velveeta than cheddar, but that makes it work superbly in this soup recipe.

If you haven’t tried Daiya yet, it is our favorite dairy-free cheese. A lot of cheese substitutes contain casein, a dairy derivative and a protein that isn’t too friendly to our bodies. Daiya is casein-free and still melty. I find it acts and tastes more like Velveeta than cheddar, but that makes it work superbly in this soup recipe.

The soup is pretty straightforward; sauté and onion and then add flour and broth.  Thicken, add cheese, add broccoli, and cook until broccoli is tender.

The soup is pretty straightforward; sauté an onion and then add flour and broth. Thicken, add cheese, add broccoli, and cook until broccoli is tender.

Pureeing most (but not all) of the soup lends an excellent creamy texture to the final product.

Pureeing most (but not all) of the soup lends an excellent creamy texture to the final product.

Once the soup has been partially pureed.  Ready to serve!

Once the soup has been partially pureed. Ready to serve!

The perfect winter meal; Rich, satisfying, and perfectly reminiscent of my long-passed visits to Panera.  I was the queen of the dinner table the night I served this, I tell you what!

The perfect winter meal; Rich, satisfying, and perfectly reminiscent of my long-since passed visits to Panera. I was the queen of the dinner table the night I served this, I tell you what!


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2 Responses to Broccoli “Cheese” Soup a la Panera

  1. ericka meyer had this to say about that:

    Wow Sarah,
    You make me want to throw out the meat, eggs and cheese and follow you! Maybe we can just rent the basement from you and pay for our meals. I will be sure to try some of these out, especially curious about the tofu scramble and black salt. Ericka Meyer

    • BlogMaster Sarah had this to say about that:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed scrolling through the site! You know I love you enough to put you up in the basement, right? AND I would get to cook for more people?? That’s winning idea! LOL Let me know how the tofu scramble turns out and thanks for the kind words. : )

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