D#$% you Panera Bread!
Based on heredity my kids should be soup lovers. I’ve been trying to win them over for years and sometimes they like it, sometimes they don’t, sometimes they just humor me and stir it around in the bowl willing it to evaporate. But take them to Panera Bread and suddenly soup is scrumptious. “Mom, taste this Broccoli Cheddar Soup, it’s aaah-mazing!” (me rolling my eyes.)
Now, nothing against Panera Bread, we do end up there quite often as it certainly does seem like a better “fast food” option. Love the bread, the baked goods are tempting and I do eat the soup – I liken it to a decent pre-packaged soup…However…it does not compare to good old homemade!! So, in my riled up state, I set out to create a soup that would inspire “oohs” and “aahs” at home. A soup that would be healthier because I selected, and could pronounce, every ingredient that goes into the pot.
After a few rounds of my own broccoli cheddar soup (recipe to come), I developed this Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup. You roast up the head of cauliflower while you pull together a broth and a cheese sauce. In the end you combine them all into a creamy, cheesy, chunky, “roasty” cauliflower filled delicious soup. Well, how did they like it you ask? I’ll tell you this…the soup did not lay uneaten in the bowl, oh no, my un-soupiest eater asked for seconds!! Woo Hoo!! Take that Panera Bread! ( ;
Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup Step-by-Step:
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