Actual Panera Bread Recipe for Hearty Cheese Soup in a Sourdough

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is the actual Panera Bread recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large, heavy stockpot, melt butter or margarine.
  2. Add chopped vegetables.
  3. Add ham or bacon.
  4. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are slightly tender (about 10 minutes).
  5. Stir in flour.
  6. Stir in cornstarch.
  7. Cook, stirring constantly (about 3 minutes).
  8. Add broth and continue stirring until slightly thickened.
  9. Add milk.
  10. Add spices.
  11. Add cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted.
  12. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  14. Serve piping hot in the hollowed out Sourdough bread bowls.
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Yes, folks, it really is the recipe Panera uses. I found it, too, on their website.