Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl Recipe
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Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl Recipe

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This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie's Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water or additional chicken stock
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 small round bread loaves (about 8 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without bread bowl): 422 calories, 32g fat (19g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 904mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat butter over medium heat; saute onion and garlic until tender, 6-8 minutes. Stir in broccoli, carrot, stock, cream and seasonings; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Cut a slice off the top of each bread loaf; hollow out bottoms, leaving 1/4-in.-thick shells (save removed bread for another use). Fill with soup just before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • These make for a hearty meal on their own but are also delicious as appetizers. Smaller, sturdy breads such as hard rolls are a good choice.
  • Be a smooth operator. Avoid gritty cheese sauces by allowing soup to cool slightly before you add cheese. Stir in a little at a time until it melts in.
  • Originally published as Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl in Soups Bookazine 2016, p81

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    Sunshinebakerpa User ID: 7360500 263897
    Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

    "It was just ok. I don't find it tastes like Panera's soup. I followed the directions except I used low sodium broth and I didn't add the 1/2 tsp of salt called for in the recipe. The soup is very salty. Maybe it was brand of cheese I used."

    DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 262106
    Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

    "This lives up to its name as a cheesy broccoli cheese soup. I personally can't get enough broccoli, but this was tasty and exactly as advertised. My husband really loved it. The nutmeg seems unusual but adds a nice, complex flavor."

    xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 261910
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

    "It's not my favorite....a little cheesy for me. But it was fun to put together and I liked the bread bowl."

    AmyGrenzer User ID: 1805211 260333
    Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

    "Just made this for dinner. So delicious!!! Tastes like it could be from Panera, or any restaurant! I was hesitant to add the nutmeg & bay leaf, but I followed the recipe exactly & it is great! Will be making this again!"

    shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 260156
    Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

    "wanted a good warm soup as we have been really cold here and this was great. i loved the creamy cheese texture. i served without the bread bowls but it was still very good."

    Robbcobb11 User ID: 8788116 255342
    Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

    "This recipe was easy to make and tasted great. I made it exactly as specified in the recipe. My husband and I both enjoyed it. The leftovers tasted just as good as the night it was prepared. I will definitely make this again."

    Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 249452
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

    "easy to make and tastes delicious. You can also use frozen broccoli florets if you don't have fresh."

    tsuop User ID: 6274346 247301
    Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

    "Yummy!! This can also be made as cauliflower soup, equally as good!! I don't add garlic, just my preference."

    elainegrainger User ID: 8828243 247156
    Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

    "My husband and I really loved this soup recipe. The only change I made was to not use the bay leaves. This was a personal choice as I find bay leaves overpower the natural flavours."

    KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 247152
    Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

    "Was looking for a hearty soup to make for lunch at the cabin. This is wonderful! Followed recipe and topped with crumbled bacon. Will definitely make again!"

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