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  • Writer's pictureJenn Clayton

Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Dare I say...... this WW friendly, calorie friendly copycat soup is BETTER then the original?

Super easy to make and the leftover are even more flavorful! Also makes a GREAT meal prep!

Full recipe in video below!


  • 1½ Tablespoons light butter

  • 1 onion diced

  • 6 cups broccoli

  • 3 cups shredded carrots

  • 3 celery stalks diced

  • 4½ cups chicken stock (or vegetable broth)

  • 8 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese

  • 3 cups low-fat milk

  • 8-10 ounces light shredded cheese

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • Press the SAUTE button in the bottom of the Instant Pot and let it heat up.

  • Add in butter and let t melt, then add in diced onion and saute in butter until onion is translucent (about 2-3 minutes).

  • Press CANCEL button and add broccoli, carrots, and celery. Pour in chicken stock on top.

  • Place cream cheese on top of vegetables (no need to mix it in yet).

  • Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot and move the valve to SEALING.

  • Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set timer for 3 minutes.

  • When the timer is done, let the Instant Pot do a NATURAL RELEASE for 5 minutes, then move valve to VENTING.

  • Remove lid and mix cream cheese in with the vegetables.

  • Add in shredded cheese and half and half and stir until all cheese is melted and the soup is creamy.

  • Add salt and pepper as needed.

  • Serve warm and enjoy!

**You can also prepare this on the stovetop or in the slow cooker!**

8 Servings:

276 Calories

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