Inspired by Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup : A Protein-Rich Recipe

When it’s cold outside, a yummy, nourishing soup is just the thing you need. Here’s how to create the ultimate protein-rich twist to the classic Panera Bread-inspired Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

Indulge in a bowl of comfort with this flavorful rendition, meticulously crafted to provide a substantial protein boost. Delight in the satisfying combination of tender broccoli florets, a medley of cheeses, and the wholesome goodness of protein-packed ingredients. Depending on your preference between Greek yogurt or silken tofu, this delectable soup boasts an impressive protein content ranging from 28 to 30 grams, ensuring a hearty and nourishing meal.

Plus, it’s an easy and quick protein-rich meal you can effortlessly whip up right at home, ensuring both convenience and satisfaction in every homemade bowl.

Panera Inspired Broccoli Cheddar Soup, But Make It Protein Rich


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups milk (you can use plant-based milk for a vegan option)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded protein-rich cheese (such as a blend of mozzarella, Swiss, or provolone)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional, for added cheesy flavor)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or silken tofu for added creaminess
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa or your favorite protein-rich grains (e.g., farro, barley)


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté until translucent.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the onion and garlic mixture, stirring continuously to create a roux. Cook for 2-3 minutes to eliminate the raw flour taste.
  4. Gradually whisk in the vegetable broth to avoid lumps. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  5. Add chopped broccoli and shredded carrots to the pot. Allow it to simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Stir in the milk and continue to simmer. Once it’s heated through, gradually add the shredded cheddar cheese, protein-rich cheese, nutritional yeast (if using), paprika, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Add the Greek yogurt or silken tofu for added creaminess. Stir well to incorporate.
  8. Finally, fold in the cooked quinoa or your preferred protein-rich grains.
  9. Adjust seasoning to taste, and let the soup simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy your protein-rich, vegetarian broccoli cheddar soup!

Feel free to customize the recipe based on your preferences and dietary needs.

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