Love the broccoli cheese soup from Panera? This no-fuss crockpot version is unbelievably easy to throw together and lighter on the calories too! You'll be having bowl after bowl.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 4hours
Total Time 4hours10minutes
6cupsfresh broccoli florets
1medium onionfinely diced
1/4cupwhite whole wheat flour
2cupsshredded cheddar cheese
2tablespoonsminced fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Place broccoli, carrots, garlic, onion, and chicken broth in a 3-qt slow cooker. Cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 4-6 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk milk, cream, and flour until smooth. Stir into crockpot and continue cooking on high heat 1-2 hours until soup is creamy and bubbly.
Remove half of vegetables and place in a bowl. Pour remaining vegetables and liquid in a blender and blend on medium speed until completely smooth. (careful not to fill the blender too full with hot liquid) Transfer back to crockpot and stir in reserved vegetables. Stir cheese and parsley into soup until cheese is melted, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep soup warm until ready to serve. Enjoy!