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Deliciously light and fluffy, Panera Bread 4 Cheese Souffle Recipe is surprisingly easy to make and makes for a beautiful breakfast for special occasions any time of year!

Panera Bread 4 Cheese Souffle


Panera Bread’s egg souffle are one of my very favorite foods! For me, that’s odd, because most of my favorite foods are desserts!

Before I made Copycat Panera Bread Ham and Swiss Egg Souffle’ I was intimidated by the process. Souffle has a bad rap as being finicky and difficult to make. I researched other Panera Bread Copycat recipes and almost all of them microwaved the eggs for a few seconds. (The recipes were also all VERY similar. 🧐) Anywho, microwaving eggs then baking them just sounded weird to me. I went in a different direction with my recipe and created more of a traditional egg souffle adding extra ingredients to make it more like Panera Bread.

The Ham and Swiss Egg Souffle was a hit with the family. As well, it was NOT difficult to make. Of course, I used a premade puffed pastry as the crust. I have no desire to make puffed pastry from scratch. You can use refrigerated crescent roll dough for the crust but it won’t be as flaky and it won’t be as close to the Panera Bread’s souffle.

 Panera Bread 4 Cheese Souffle


Egg souffle really isn’t any harder to make than biscuits or waffles and once you get the hang of it you’ll make whipping them up on the regular.

  1. Pastry – Evenly cut one sheet of thawed puff pastry into six large ramekins or tart pans.
  2. Make a roux – Melt the butter then add the flour and cook on low. Slowly add milk. Cook and allow it to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Eggs – Whisk the eggs until they are fluffy and pale yellow. In a large bowl, slowly add the eggs, the cooled milk mixture, and the shredded cheeses
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the pastry and cook.
  5. It’s just that simple!
 Panera Bread 4 Cheese Souffle


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Panera Bread 4 Cheese Souffle


An easy and delicious way to start the day off right with baked eggs in a flaky crust!
Author: Paula
5 from 35 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter salted or unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 2 and ½ tablespoons Parmesan cheese shredded
  • cup Manchego cheese shredded, you can also use Colby or Havarti
  • cup Monterey shredded
  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Place six 5-inch ramekins or six 5-inch tart pans on a sheet pan to catch any drips.
  • Place a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds.
  • Next, whisk in the milk and cook until it has thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cooled milk sauce, and cheeses until well combined.
  • Unwrap the puff pastry and cut into 6 equal squares. Press each square into your ramekin or tart pan. Press it down in the bottom and up the sides really good.
  • Divide the egg mixture between the ramekins.
  • Bake until they are puffed up and golden brown. It should take 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I don’t own any ramekins or anything that size, so can this be made in a sheet pan or 9×13” pan?

  2. Do you separate each individual sheet and use just one of those, or the whole stack. I’m not sure what constitutes a sheet, i guess

    1. I get Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets. They come in 2 individually wrapped sheets in one box. So use one of those sheets. One sheet is folded into 3rds so unfold it and cut it into 6 equal parts to fit into your ramekins or tart pans.

      1. 5 stars
        How did you reheat these in microwave or oven and time and temperature to reheat at.

        1. You can reheat in microwave, oven, or toaster oven – oven or toaster oven will work best for maintaining a crisp crust. You’ll just have to test it to see when it’s warm

  3. So glad to have found this recipe! We love these things but our Panera sell out of them so early every morning! Can you tell me which puff pastry you use?

  4. 5 stars
    I have not tried the recipe but it sounds incredible. Is it possible to make this in one large ramekin….6 x 3 1/2?

  5. 5 stars
    Whoa! Amazing! Panera’s souffles might very well be my favorite grab-and-go food, and I simply can’t believe how much like Panera’s these are! Of note: I forgot to add the cottage cheese and they were still amazing. Looking forward to making them right next time and no doubt they will be even better. Thank you so much for such a great recipe. This is going in my A+, destined-to-make-again-and-again file.

    1. Thank you!! I feel the same way about them. I don’t have Panera in my town so I needed these more than I was able to get to a Panera. 😉

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