This Cauliflower Soup is so creamy and filled with vegetables to warm you on a chilly night. Add a little hot sauce for some extra kick.
We just saw the Cirque Du Soleil show Amaluna. If you’re not familiar with the show it’s a mixture of circus arts and street entertainment. It’s a-maz-ing. I mean I watched a girl balance her entire body on a pole with one hand and touch her coccyx to the back of her head. Who does that? I left the show in awe of the capacity of the human body and wanting to hit the weights hard. Fo’ real.
Maybe I was destined to be a Gumby-like performer but just didn’t hone my natural ability as well as I should have. You see my mom always told me that when I was born I came out in the splits. The doctor was so worried about how flexible my legs were that he had extra testing done to make sure I was okay.
“She’s a perfect 10, ” he said after reviewing the results.
That’s why my mom always calls me her “Perfect 10” along with the fact that I am the tenth child in my family (yes, I said ten). You know how you hear all those stories growing up and you realize you probably need to check with your mom to see if they are true or if she was just pulling my leg? Yeah. Definitely checking on the splits part of that story. The rest is true…I think.
Speaking of families, I feel like cauliflower has always been the neglected middle child of the cabbage family. Broccoli, although not necessarily a looker, has always been my favorite. In fact, I would be dare enough to say that I would almost take any vegetable over steamed cauliflower. So for me to make this soup was a big leap of faith. Guess what? It tastes like super creamy broccoli soup without the green bits. My family devoured it and my son even asked to have it in his lunch for school the next day. I added a little Tabasco but if you like even more kick, have at it.
- 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 5-6 cups)
- 1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1 cup)
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon cube (this was 2 Knorr cubes for me)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
- In a large pot, combine the cauliflower, carrot, celery, onion, water and bouillon. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat; Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender (do not drain). The liquid will barely cover the veggies.
- In another large saucepan, melt the butter for the roux. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Whisk the milk in slowly. Bring to a boil over medium heat; Cook and stir the mixture for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Stir in the cheese until melted. Add hot pepper sauce if desired. Stir into the cauliflower mixture until combined.
- Puree about 2½ cups of the soup in the blender and pour back into the soup. This makes the soup extra creamy.
The soup stores well and should be reheated over medium-low heat.
Source: slightly adapted from Taste of Home.