Who doesn't love Panera's Broccoli Cheddar soup? I for one am a fan, and so is my husband. I wanted to create a similar soup for dinner last night, so I started searching the inter-web for an answer. I stumbled upon a recipe claiming to have Panera's recipe. I find it hard to believe that a large chain like Panera wouldn't have their recipe patented and top-secret... but we'll see! I tried the recipe out and was impressed. The flavor was great and overall taste comparison, similar. I think the Panera soup is a bit silkier and starchier, possibly from the use of high tech blenders and thickening agents. The soup also called for 2 cups of half and half, making the soup extremely rich and delicious. I would guess Panera uses a lower-fat dairy product to keep the fat and calorie count down. I highly recommend this soup recipe with the only modification being to add garlic!