Easy Cauliflower "cream" Soup

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Just_Ducky

This will be my 5th posted recipe moving me from Preemie to Undiscovered Chef for the PAC 2011! 8) That's one way to get me to stop procrastinating! A good friend of mine made this one day when I was visiting and I was so impressed with the taste and simplicity that I had to make my own version. She used chicken bullion but I personally prefer home made chicken stock or at least canned (low-sodium) when I'm out of my own. This soup is very versatile and healthy. Lovely to eat as is or use as a base for whatever you want to add. It makes a great "cream" base for those that are lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive (and to hide those veggies from picky kids, big & small). I've added broccoli with the cauliflower but didn't really care for the colour so would likely add it pre-steamed at the end next time.

Top Review by under12parsecs

Oh Ducky, this is good! And so simple. I made a half batch as written and then another half batch as "Cream of Asparagus" by adding some blanched chopped asparagus, carrots, and celery with the cauliflower. I also added a bay leaf, 1/2 t of thyme and a pinch of nutmeg. Both ways are wonderful. I think the plain cauliflower would be nice with those spice additions as well, though as written it is lovely and buttery without the guilt! I love that you invite variations and seem to view your recipes as "blueprints" instead of "paint by numbers." Thanks for another wonderful and healthy recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven, saute garlic & leeks with extra virgin olive oil until just soft (not browned).
  2. Add chopped up cauliflower and quickly stir (do not brown).
  3. Add chicken stock.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 15 - 20 minutes, covered.
  5. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  6. Puree in the pot with a hand blender or in a food processor.
  7. Return pot to stove and reheat soup.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
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  10. You can use vegetable stock to make this vegetarian.
  11. Add other veggies, such as carrots or celery for more flavour.
  12. Cream corn and ham for a lovely chowder.
  13. Variety of cheese for a nice, healthy cheese soup.
  14. Be creative ! I'd love to hear your ideas :D.

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