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Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup
Here is a copycat recipe for the broccoli cheese soup from Panera bread. This is a delicious soup that can be prepared quickly and is easy to make. The soup uses vegetables such a broccoli, carrot and onion and the base is chicken broth, milk and heavy cream. The soup gets a lot of flavor from cheddar cheese which is stirred in at the end and a little kick from crushed red pepper flakes. I like to serve this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Enjoy.

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup
Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 ½ cups broccoli florets
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (divided)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup all- purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the onions, carrots and broccoli florets. Cook to soften for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl mix ½ cup of milk with the ¼ cup of flour.
  3. Slowly add in the broth, the remaining ½ cup of milk and cream. Stir in the prepared milk and flour mixture. Add salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Continue stirring and heat over medium heat until thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once the soup has thickened, stir in the cheddar cheese until melted and smooth. 

 

Adapted from Shugary Sweets

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Wonton Soup Recipe

Wonton Soup
One of my favorite soups to get at Chinese restaurants is Wonton soup. Wonton soup consists of wontons that are filled with a pork mixture and then cooked in either chicken broth of water. This recipe cooks the wontons in water because the dish can be served as leftovers. If the soup is allowed to sit the wontons will make the soup cloudy, thick and starchy. If you intend to serve the soup immediately, the wontons can be cooked right in the broth. The broth really only consists of chicken stock and sesame oil. You can add additional ingredients to the broth for a little more flavor such as soy sauce. Soy sauce will also give the broth a darker color, if that is what you prefer. Wonton soup is great to serve for lunch or with any Chinese dinner. Enjoy.

Add a little soy sauce to give the broth more flavor and a darker color…
Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 18-24 wonton wrappers

Filling-

  • 1/2lb ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sherry
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 green onion (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 dash ground white pepper

Other-

  • Water for boiling wontons
  • 4 ½-5 cups chicken stock
  • green onion (thinly sliced)
  • a few drops of sesame oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mix together ground pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ¼ teaspoon sesame oil, sherry, sugar, 1 finely minced green onion, cornstarch and white pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Lay out one wonton wrapper on a cutting board or plate. Cover the remaining wonton wrappers with a damp towel to keep them from drying out.
  3.  Moisten all edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Place one heaping teaspoon of the filling into the center of the wonton wrapper. Fold the wonton wrapper in half lengthwise, making sure that the ends meet. Press down firmly on the ends to seal. Use your thumbs to push down on the edges of the filling to center it. Keeping your thumbs in place, fold over the wonton wrapper on more time. Push the corners up and hold in place between your thumb and index ginger. Wet the corners with your finger. Bring the two ends together so that they overlap and press to seal. Repeat with remaining wontons.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the prepared wontons a few at a time, so that they can move freely in the water. Boil the wontons for 5-8 minutes until they rise to the top of the water and the filling is cooked through (the internal temperature has reached 165 Degrees F.). Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon.
  5. In another large pot bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the cooked wontons and bring the soup back to a boil. Add the green onions and remove the pot from the heat. Add a few drops of sesame oil and stir. Ladle into soup bowls with about 6 wontons per bowl.

Adapted from About.com.

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