Monday, December 13, 2010

Cauliflower Soup


This is the first post for soup week!  Come back every day and see a new soup recipe!  And you can still link up your Party ideas and recipe for this week's Saturday's Party!  See link HERE.

I recently participated in a local food co-op.  Well, it's a co-op that takes place in most of the western states; Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Arizona.  They have pick-up sites ALL OVER.  I live in a tiny town, less than 1000 people, and my pick-up site is less than 10 miles away.  The closest grocery store is farther away!  And the price is very good.  $15, and I got a laundry basket (seriously) full of food.  If you're in one of these states, check them out: Bountiful Baskets.

But I got a head of cauliflower.  Something that we don't usually eat.  And I was reminded of one of my favorite restaurant soups: Cheesy Cauliflower Soup.  What a perfect way to eat something that my family wouldn't normally touch!  Blend it up, and they think it's just cheese and cream! :)

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  • 2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 can (13 3/4 to 14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 head (2 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese
  • crumbled bacon bits, sour cream, and cheese for topping

In a soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and salt; cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually add the milk, chicken broth, and 1 1/2 cups water; add cauliflower and heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. At this point, you can either use a blender and blend up the cauliflower in batches, or you can use an immersion blender in the pot.  I voted for the immersion blender.  Use whatever you have!  When the cauliflower is blended, heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in mustard and cheese until melted and smooth. Serve with a dollap of sour cream, some chedder cheese, and bacon for topping.

I had some success with freezing this soup.  I froze in individual servings, and reheated on the stove-top.  It wasn't beautiful, because of the milk in it, but it still tasted good.  I wouldn't freeze it for long term though.  It's better to eat it quickly.  I ate it all over the course of about 2 weeks, since it turned out I was the only one who would touch this soup :)

(Linked up at: Friday's Potluck, What's On Your Plate, )



  1. I love the Pioneer Woman's cauliflower soup:

  2. Oh my, this looks so delicious! I love cauliflower, especially in soup. Wish I had a big bowl right now!

  3. That is gorgeous I am making it this week!


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