Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

My kids love Panera.  They always eat the same thing: a few years back it was a you-pick -two combination of tomato soup and tomato/mozzarella panini; these days it is you-pick -two combination of broccoli cheddar soup and mac-and-cheese.  So when I found a copy cat recipe I was eager to try.  I tried two recipes from two sources: this and this. Both are more or less the same except the first one has celery as an extra ingredient and uses 2 1/2 cups of cheese instead of 1 cup.  I liked the first one better – extra cheese makes the soup more flavorful.  I served the soup today with strawberry salad (another of Panera’s favorite is strawberry/poppyseed salad).  The salad is not an imitation of Panera’s although there is a copycat recipe here.  My sons love a sweet salad and they prefer lemony arugula to other greens so I just toss arugula, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, walnuts with a dressing made from evoo, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.

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Ingredients:

  • Arugula leaves – 1 cup
  • Strawberries – hulled and sliced about 2/3 cup
  • Walnuts – around 10
  • Sunflower seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  • Dried cranberries – 1/2 tbsp
  • Feta cheese – crumbled around 1 tbsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1/2 tbsp*
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1 tsp*
  • Maple syrup – 1 tsp*
  • Dried prunes – 2 roughly chopped (optional)
  • Salt

* Please adjust this according to how much or little dressing you want

Method:

  1. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup
  2. Toss the dressing with the rest of the ingredients
  3. Season with salt and serve