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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Broccoli Cheese Soup: Panera Bread Copycat Recipe


ATTENTION: THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN MODIFIED. CHECK OUT THE NEW AND IMPROVED RECIPE HERE. 


On Wednesday my sister and I volunteered to make the soup supper to go with the Advent service at church.

Before you go thinking I'm some kind of charitable, goodhearted soul, I must tell you that the only reason that I do it is because I LOVE COOKING. In case you hadn't figured that out yet.





Okay, so I was like, "Whadaya think, Nemo? Will two huge pots of soup, a crockpot full of barbequed meatballs, five trillion chicken salad sandwiches, fifty thousand and two loaves of bread, and a couple bazillion desserts cover it?"

Well, it would have, except everybody had to try a huge bowl of BOTH kinds of soup AND meatballs. And some of the fools actually put the meatballs IN their broccoli soup in their gluttonous frenzy.

Barbequed meatballs in broccoli soup.

I had to leave the room.
 

Anyways, we ran out of soup after about ten minutes of serving. Luckily though, I had made enough chicken salad for an entire herd of starving buffaloes, so it was cool.


So during church I had a sudden inspiration (um, Pastor, if you're reading this, that was a typo. I meant after church. Because.... I always pay attention during church).

Anways, I burst out of church and ran up to my friend screaming, "Hey guess what!! I am going to start a CATERING BUSINESS."

Yeah.

I mean it would be like getting paid to have fun. How can you beat that?

My friend laughed at me when I told her. She said, "Every time we come out of church you're like, "Guys, guys, guys! I have this amazing new plan!", and then you never actually do it."

Okay. Maybe that's true, but my other plans were dumb. This catering thing is GOLD.

And so is this soup. I regret to say that I did not invent it. Mr. Panera did. Or whoever runs that wonderful, wonderful restaurant. And then somebody from Food Network Kitchens broke into his safe and stole the recipe. I mean, that's what I always assume when I see copycat recipes like this. But who knows.


 

ATTENTION: CLICK HERE TO FIND THE RECIPE.

I don't even know if this was as good as Panera Bread's because I'm usually mostly paying attention to the sourdough bread bowls. But this cheddar and olive foccacia Nemo made was almost as perfect. 
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