Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This soup is wonderful on a chilly evening as a first course to a Fall or Winter dinner, or alone (with bread, of course) for lunch.  Serve piping hot, this soup really warms you from head to toe!  Use broccoli instead and you will think you were at Panera's!
  •   4Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb. cauliflower florets
  • 1 small carrot, julienned
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 c. white wine
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups half and half or light cream
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (use the sharpest cheddar you can find)
  • Chives for garnish
 In a deep saucepan, cook the onion in the butter until softened and beginning to brown.  Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.  Add broth, cauliflower, carrot, salt, mustard and wine.  Simmer about 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is tender.

You can puree all or half of the soup in the blender, but I left the pieces of cauliflower and served it without blending the soup - your preference!  Return soup to the pot and stir in the half & half, Worcestershire and the cheese.  Bring to a gentle simmer and stir until cheese melts.  Serve piping hot with a grating of additonal cheese and fresh chives.

8 comments:

  1. Patti, this sounds so delicious and real comfort food. I want to make this - I love cauliflower. xo

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  2. Sounds like a great soup! I was just looking at cauliflower the other day and thinking I haven't had any in a while-enjoy:@)

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  3. I love cauliflower, great soup!!

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  4. That looks so fantastic. I cannot wait to try this out. Come visit us. We have a really wonderful sweet potato stuffed french toast.

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  5. This sounds really good...I have some cauliflower that I need to use up. I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday. I would love it if you would come over and post this recipe. Here's a link with more info.

    http://easynaturalfood.com/2011/10/17/introducing-sunday-night-soup-night/

    I hope to see you there!
    Debbie

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  6. Your Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Soup looks fabulous! We would really enjoy the combination that you have in this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Sunday Night Soup Night. I'll be hosting weekly through fall and winter, so I'd love to see you again with your next soup/stock/chowder recipe!

    PS: you're in NJ? I lived there for 6.5 years, in Weehawken! Moved to CA 3 years ago though. I still miss that part of the country.

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  8. I thought this soup sounded familiar :) But this time I remembered to add it to my favorites link so that I'll remember to make it!

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