I’m going to try to make a version of their soup, but first I need to break down the ingredients and I will not be adding any preservatives, as they use a Nisin preparation for their food preservative. I do not know if this affects the taste of their soup.
The way a company lists their ingredients is the 1st ingredient is used the most then down the list to the least used ingredient. In Panera ingredients milk is used the most and hot pepper sauce is last so there isn’t very much of it. Going through their list of ingredients it’s:
2. Chicken Stock
5. Pasteurized Process Cheddar Cheese
6. Heavy Cream
8. Corn Starch
Then less than 2% of:
12. Dijon mustard
13. Hot pepper sauce
14. Nisin preparation
So, now that we know their ingredients, what ingredients will you use? All of them or just some and tweak it with some ingredients of your own. Here’s what I did.
2 cups of milk or heavy cream
8 oz of cheese, preferably cheddar, but you can use Monterey Jack, pepper jack, colby, Parmesan or even kraft American slices.
3 tablespoons butter
1 small yellow or white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup shredded carrots
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
Turn on you Pressure Cooker, if you are using the Instant Pot press the sauté button. When it gets hot add the butter, once melted add in the onions and garlic. Stir and sauté until the onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Cancel the sauté. Add in the broccoli, chicken broth, carrots, dill, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce (if you are adding or you can add this at the end). Put the lid on your pressure cooker making sure the steam valve is off or secured. Pressure cook for 15 minutes, then use the quick release method. Add the milk or heavy cream, stir to combine. Ok so you still need some heat to melt your cheese. With the Instant Pot put it on sauté then add the cheese and stir until it’s melted. With the XL you just need to make sure it’s on. Taste test your soup after the cheese has melted to see if it needs any additional seasoning. Serve Yum Yum!