The other day I was feeling a bit under the weather and all I wanted was some warm comfort food. Normally my lazy self would just go buy some soup but no, I wanted to prove my domesticity for some odd reason. So, enter the "Copt Cat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe from Budget Savy Diva".
I'm one of those people who actually goes to their Pinterest board and makes the recipes. (Shameless link to my Pinterest board, here it's called "Good Eats" for a reason. Plenty of the recipes I've tried on Pinterest have turned out nothing like the pictures, descriptions, or real thing in the case of copy cat recipes. However, this recipe is different story.
This soup was so much like the real soup at Panera. Granted, when you're consuming 8 oz. of cheddar cheese, 2 cups of half & half, and a stick of butter it's going to taste good. I skipped the nutmeg, couldn't find any in the cupboard, but I doubt that made much of a difference. Also, I put the soup in my blender as the final step, and I regret doing so. Next time I'm going to chop the broccoli florets into smaller bits before tossing them in, and then leave the soup to its chunky integrity instead of blending it into a mush. Even though my soup's texture more resembled pureed cauliflower, the taste was spot on. Leaving the broccoli in chunks would assuredly make this recipe perfection.
I'm not going to post the whole recipe seeing as it's not my own, but honestly if you took the time to read this entire post you have enough time to make this soup. Trust me, it's worth it.