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PANERA COPYCAT SOUP: CREAM OF BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP RECIPE
The whole family will love this healthier Panera copycat soup recipe. If you have been looking for a cream of broccoli cheddar soup that both your spouse AND your kids will eat: This. Is. It! This is a gluten-free soup recipe, however if you are not worried about gluten you can easily use regular flour instead of potato flour, and serve it in a bread bowl or with a crusty bread for dipping! It can also be prepared vegetarian with vegetable stock or you can use chicken stock. Though it is a cheese soup, it is not very thick and, thus, not as heavy as most. The flavor is fantastic with the combination of the roasted veggies and extra-sharp cheddar cheese – a nice balance between a cheese soup and a veggie soup.
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- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or butter-flavored extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion cut into 8 pieces
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 1 medium carrot cut into one-inch chunks
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- ¼ cup potato flour*
- 1½ cups full-fat milk
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon Paprika
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 4 oz extra-sharp cheddar cheese chopped or shredded
- Sea salt to taste and additional cayenne pepper optional
- Place the chopped onion, broccoli florets, and chunked carrot into a large, stainless steel skillet. Drizzle with the olive oil, and then toss/stir to coat the vegetables throughout.
- Place in a 400F degree oven and roast for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
- While the vegetables are roasting, chop the 4 oz. of cheddar cheese in your blender. Using a 64 oz. wet Vitamix container, place half of the cheese in the container at a time, pulsing** four or five times at Variable 3, until the pieces are pellet-like. Set the chopped cheese aside. In a Blendtec, place the cheese in a Fourside or Wildside container, and pulse for one second three or four times.
- Remove vegetables from the oven, and place them in a dish, covering to keep warm.
- Sprinkle the potato flour* into the same pan, and add ½ cup of the milk. Stir to incorporate over medium low heat.
- As the mixture thickens, gradually add the rest of the milk, and 1 cup of the chicken or vegetable broth. This mixture will become thicker as it cooks.
- Put the remaining cup of broth in the same Vitamix or Blendtec container, followed by the hot, thickened milk and broth mixture, Dijon mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, and freshly-ground black pepper.
- For Vitaimx: Start the machine at Variable Speed 1, slowly increase to Variable Speed 10/High, and process for two minutes, until the mixture is hot throughout.
- For Blendtec: Use the Soup setting one or two times OR blend on a High speed for 90-180 seconds, until hot throughout.
- Add the cheese and secure lid, reserving enough to garnish the bowls of soup.
- For Vitamix: Start the machine at Variable Speed 1, slowly increase to Variable Speed 10/High for 20 seconds.
- For Blendtec: Blend on Speed 3 for 20 seconds
- Taste for seasoning, and if desired, salt to taste, and add additional cayenne (if you want to give it some kick).
- Blend on Speed Low for 10 seconds to incorporate.
- Place half of the roasted vegetables in the container with the mixture.
- For Vitamix: Pulse** at Variable Speed 3 five or six times.
- For Blendtec: Pulse four or five times, one second each.
- Place the remaining vegetables in your container and pulse three or four more times, until you have small chunks or reach your desired consistency.
- Serve the soup in a bowl or in a (gluten-free) bread bowl and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
* If you don't have potato flour, you can use regular all purpose flour but it won't be a gluten-free soup.
** If your Vitamix does not have a pulse feature, turn to desired variable speed and turn on and off to equal 1 pulse.
HEALTH BENEFITS BROCCOLI
Broccoli is a hearty and tasty vegetable rich in dozens of nutrients. It is said to pack the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. Here are just a few of the benefits of broccoli:
1.Cancer prevention: Like other cruciferous vegetables cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, broccoli has been shown to kill cancer stem cells, striking the root of the tumor growth.
2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.
3. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.