Meal Mondays: Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Review


Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup review

If I haven’t heard it once, I’ve heard it over a dozen times that the soup at Panera Bread is simply THE BEST.  It’s cold here in Maryland and who doesn’t love the comfort of a delicious soup?  When Panera Bread offered to let me try their Broccoli Cheddar Soup I couldn’t resist.  I have one conveniently located around the corner from my job so it is literally a hop, skip and jump.

I walked into the restaurant, ordered the Broccoli Cheddar Soup with the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich.  It was an excellent COMBO.  I flipped out my Panera Bread Good Eater card and instantly became a hit with the Panera Bread staff because apparently each of them wants one of these cards.  So keep reading to check out what I thought of their soup.

Cost:  approx. $5.00 for the Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Ingredients (direct from the Panera Bread site): 

Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Water [Filtered], Whole Milk [Milk, Vitamin D3], Broccoli, Pasteurized Processed Cheddar Cheese Food [Cheddar Cheese {Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes}, Whey, Whey Protein Concentrate, Skim Milk, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Milkfat, Lactic Acid, Oleoresin Paprika {Color}, Annatto {Color}], Whipping Cream, Carrots, Corn Starch, Onions, Chicken Base [Chicken Meat Including Chicken Juices, Salt, Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Sugar, Flavoring, Potato Flour, Carrot Powder, Tumeric], Seasoning [Wheat Flour, Salt, Spice And Not More Than 2% Canola Oil Added To Aid Processing], Salted Butter, Dijon Mustard [Water, Mustard Seed, Vinegar, Salt, Spices], Pepper Sauce [Distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt]). 

Nutritional value:

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I wasn’t surprised by the ingredients of the broccoli cheddar soup.  It is exactly what I expected with broccoli as the third ingredient because the size of the broccoli in the soup is excellent.


As soon as I sat down I snapped a quick pic of my soup.

Cheddar Broccoli Soup by Panera Bread


This soup tasted excellent.  The chunks of broccoli in every spoonful was perfect and it paired nicely with the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich (not pictured).  The container is about 16 oz of straight goodness.  I was satisfied after eating this for lunch and now I see why so many people rave about the Panera Bread soups.

This soup does come with a few of my warnings though.  It is 350 calories which is pretty hefty for one item for lunch.  Knowing that, be conscious about not overeating and instead of getting the chips (like I did as a side) request the apple that comes with their lunch pairings.

I also have to say I do not add salt to my food and after eating this soup I could feel my feet swelling.  When I looked at the nutrition facts I see this soup has over 1500 mg of sodium.  While that is about 3.8 grams, it is the daily recommended amount of salt for the day.


Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Nutrition Facts


According to The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board the average adult woman should not consume more than 1500 mg of sodium a day so once you eat this soup you are done for the day.  Since salt is one of the primary causes of hypertension and high blood pressure be mindful of how much you are eating on a daily basis.


  • Delicious
  • Nice chunks of broccoli
  • Pairs well with a sandwich
  • Fairly affordable at $5 (with tax)


  • One bowl contains a daily recommended amount of salt for women.


I would rate this a 7 out of 10 stars.  The soup tastes good, has nice size chunks of broccoli (better than many other soups in the market) and is filling.  If you need to manage your daily salt intake due to hypertension this might not be the right food option for you.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup by Panera Bread

Which is your favorite soup at Panera Bread?



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