Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Panera Bread Copy Cat!!

½ medium onion, chopped
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups half-and-half ( or skim milk)
2 cups chicken stock
½ pound fresh broccoli ( florets only)
1 cup carrots, julienne
¼ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon pepper
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese
Saute onions in a little butter in a small pan - set aside.
In a large stockpot ( I accidentally used a medium-size pan) - melt butter. Add flour and mix for 3 minutes.
Slowly add half- half - mixing the entire time.
Slowly add chicken stock- mixing the entire time.
Let simmer on low for 20 minutes.
Add broccoli, carrots; onions and cook on low for 25 minutes.
Season with salt, pepper; nutmeg.
Place soup in a blender or use an immersion blender and puree.
Heat soup over low heat and add cheese and mix till melted.
Serve ( hopefully in a bread bowl) and Enjoy :)


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