Easy BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP Recipe | PANERA Broccoli cheddar soup copycat

[Music] hey everybody it’s natasha natashas kitchen calm and I have such a treat for you I’m going to show you how we make broccoli cheese soup this is creamy cheesy loaded with fresh broccoli and oh so delicious and thank you for the creative way we serve this at the end it is my son’s favorite let’s get started this takes just 30 minutes to make so prep all of your ingredients so they’re ready when you need them chopped 4 cups of small broccoli florets and you can also use the stems if you want just peel and dice them into bite-size pieces peel three medium carrots and slice them into thin rings if you haven’t already make sure to watch our video on how to sharpen a knife and learn basic knife skills you’ll need 1 cup of finely diced onion so slice 1 medium onion we’re just using a regular yellow onion but you can use a white onion or a sweet onion you’ve probably noticed I use my food scraper a ton in my prep work I love this tool and I will link to it in the notes and last but not least we’re gonna get the cheese out of the refrigerator you’ll need 2/3 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese and 2 cups or 4 ounces of shredded sharp cheddar cheese this box grater gets used a ton in my kitchen and I will link to this as well in a 5 and 1/2 quart Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat melt 2 tablespoons of butter and we always use unsalted butter in all of our cooking so we can control the salt add the finely diced onion and sliced carrots and saute until the onion is softened or about 5 minutes stirring occasionally next add 4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth we do have a recipe for homemade chicken broth which I will link in the notes seasoned with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 teaspoon of sea salt 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme bring that to a boil over medium heat add the broccoli bring it back to a simmer then partially cover and continue cooking until the broccoli is softened this takes about 10 to 12 minutes depending on the thickness of the broccoli it’s a great time for a coffee break and if you want a closer look at our coffee station or the rest of our kitchen check out our kitchen video tour once the broccoli is at your desired doneness remove and set aside 2 cups of vegetables you’ll need to blend the remaining soup in the pot you can use an immersion blender and blend right inside the pot or transfer in batches to a blender or food processor blend until it’s completely smooth or your desired consistency now to thicken the soup in a small bowl combine half a cup of heavy whipping cream with 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and whisk vigorously until smooth and no longer lumpy then and in 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard the mixture will be thick like a frosting bring the blended soup back to a boil then whisk in the cream and flour mixture whisking for about three to four minutes or until it’s completely smooth and thickened [Music] remove the pot from the heat and stir in your Parmesan cheese and shredded cheddar cheese [Music] continue stirring until the cheese is dissolved into the soup we take it off the heat before blending in the soup because if the mixture gets too hot or starts to boil the cheese may clump together and won’t incorporate properly lastly stir in the cooked vegetables that we set aside earlier and season the soup to taste with salt and pepper the soup is ready to be served you can transfer into bowls and serve with toast or crackers but our favorite way to serve is in a bread bowl to make individual bread bowls you’ll need six to seven inch in diameter sourdough round loaves also called boule x’ using a serrated knife cut off the tops scoop out the center’s with a spoon to make room for the soup and don’t get rid of those centers they are delicious and I love to serve them with the soup cut one bread bowl for each serving then broil in the center of your oven for two to three minutes keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn I love recreating restaurant favorites at home and I am excited because I’m hungry so let’s do this taste test okay here we go kind of hot and toasting the breads like this makes it taste like it just came out of a bakery cuz it crisps the outside and keeps the center soft it is so good it tastes super fresh okay now I’m just gonna ladle a generous amount of the soup right into the bread bowl it’s so fun I serve it like this for my son he gets excited because it’s just like in the restaurant creamy and cheesy [Music] all right and I love to serve this while it’s still piping hot because once you add a little bit of extra cheddar cheese over the top it melts on to the soup then you get this lovely little cheese pull so that’s what’s gonna happen right now let’s give it a second okay I’m gonna I’m just gonna do this I’m so hungry here we go oh this is so creamy YUM and loaded with broccoli and veggies I love that it’s just 1/2 a cup of cream in this but the texture is amazing mm-hmm I love that this is staring back at me hmm wow that is a ten seriously comfort in a bowl and the ultimate broccoli cheese soup I think what really makes this is not just adding the cheddar cheese but also that parmesan which just adds an extra layer of cheesy goodness to this soup Wow the feel of broccoli cheese soup you have to have to try this and that little bit of Dijon mustard in there and a little bit goes a long way but it really amps up all the flavors and brings this together and remember I said to keep the the inside of the bread bowl for dipping oh this is just the best way to soak up that creamy goodness dunk it right in and these sourdough bread bowls they’re so fun they’re just like out of the restaurant this is my son’s favorite way to eat this feels like eating out and then also because we toasted the bread bowl it just it literally tastes and the texture is just like something out of a bakery so delicious look at that just in the crunch make the soup you’re gonna feel like you’re winning it life oh I’m gonna go enjoy this I hope you guys enjoyed this episode and we’ll see you in our next video [Music]

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