Cauliflower Cheese Soup Panera Bread Copycat

I've never had Panera Bread's version of this soup so I'm not sure how it compares.  I know this was very good and hearty, the sharp cheddar that I used really complimented the bland creaminess of the cauliflower.

I’ve never had Panera Bread’s version of this soup so I’m not sure how it compares. I know this was very good and hearty, the sharp cheddar that I used really complimented the bland creaminess of the cauliflower.

Cauliflower Cheese Soup Panera Bread Copycat

6 Servings

Cauliflower Cheese Soup Panera Bread Copycat

I've never had Panera Bread's version of this soup so I'm not sure how it compares. I know this was very good and hearty, the sharp cheddar that I used really complimented the bland creaminess of the cauliflower.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag (16 ounce) frozen cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Cook frozen cauliflower according to package instructions.
  2. Drain cauliflower and chop.
  3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add onion and and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Puree in a food processor and cooked onions, cooked cauliflower, broth, cream, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper.
  6. Return the puree to the pot.
  7. Stir in the cheese and continue to cook over low heat until the cheese melts and soup is heated.
  8. Top with additional cheese and sliced green onions before serving if desired.

Notes

I used all the white sharp cheddar I had to make this soup so the garnish is with triple cheddar cheese and green onions.

http://www.thehungryhoarder.com/2013/02/21/cauliflower-cheese-soup-panera-bread-copycat/

Recipe adapted from My Panera

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