Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 cups broccoli florets, chopped small
1 1/2 cups cauliflower, chopped small
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
In a large pot over medium high heat, melt butter. Add in broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and carrots. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Slowly add in broth, cream, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring several times.
Remove from heat and add in shredded cheese. Stir until melted. Serve hot.