I remember the first time I went to Panera Bread. I got their Broccoli Cheddar soup and, like so many before me, became OBSESSED with it. It was total comfort to just sit at their booths and suck down a bowl between classes.
As I started to change up my eating habits and make my own recipes, broccoli cheddar soup was at the top of my list. So this is my own take of a more “cleaner” broccoli cheddar soup. Less ingredients, yet still full of cheesy goodness!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
3 cups plain whole milk yogurt
3.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 large heads of broccoli, chopped into florets
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp ghee (or butter)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp mustard
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
2 and 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
In a crock pot, whisk the 3 cups of yogurt and 1 cup broth together until smooth. Slowly add and stir in the rest of broth. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except cheddar cheese. Cook on HIGH with the lid on for 1.5 hours. Afterwards, use an immersion blender and blend ingredients until all broccoli chucks are gone. Stir in cheddar cheese. Place lid on top and cook on LOW for an additional 30 minutes. Adjust taste with salt and pepper, if needed, before serving.