Copycat Cookin: Panera Bread 1/2 Soup and Sandwich

We are all familiar with the absolute delicacy that is Panera Bread. Recently, I moved to a new city. The closest Panera Bread is 42 minutes away. I know this could be considered a blessing in disguise, but I miss my Sunday 1/2 sandwich and soup lunches. So, I decided to give it a shot and attempt my own versions of Panera Bread's recipes and it actually turned out pretty well!

Here are two links to by the book copy cat recipes:
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Here are the recipes that I came up with:

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ingredients:
1tbsp butter
1pkg shredded sharp cheddar
1pkg shredded three cheese blend (sharp cheddar, mild cheddar and colby jack) 
1 medium head of broccoli
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 white onion (you can also use 2 tbsp of the dried chopped onion you can find in the spice section of the supermarket)
1 cup chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne pepper (if you're into that)

Step One:
Slice and dice your broccoli and onion.

Step Two:
In a large pot, melt butter and sautee the onion, carrots and broccoli for about four minutes until the aromas mix together. Dump into a bowl and set aside.

Step Three:
Using the same pot, now empty, add the heavy cream and milk. Stir until it's boiling. 

Step Four:
Gradually add flour, keep stirring until all the clumps are gone.

Step Five:
Add broth and cream of chicken soup. Stir for a few moments.

Step Six:
Add salt, pepper, carrots, onion and broccoli to the soup. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step Seven:
Add cheese and stir until cheese is completely melted. Simmer for ten more minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Chicken Cesar Sandwich

Ingredients:
Chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup Caesar dressing
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Parmesan cheese block (or extra sharp cheddar if parmesan is not available)
Lettuce
Red onion
Sourdough bread

Step One:
In a bowl, combine dressing, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Mix together.

Step Two:
In a large ziploc baggie, combine 1/4 cup of dressing mixture and raw chicken. Shake the bag. Let the chicken sit in the dressing for about 10 minutes.

Step Three: 
In a skillet over medium high heat, cook your chicken (about three minutes on each side). 

Step Four:
Slice or shave your cheese for the sandwich.

Step Five:
Slice your chicken and add to the remaining dressing mixture. Mix well.

Step Six:
Put cheese, lettuce, red onion slices and chicken onto bread and enjoy!