Sunday, February 01, 2015

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Cheese Soup
If you are looking for a simple, easy and delicious recipe especially for these cold winter days, this is your recipe! Last week in our Bountiful Baskets we received a huge head of cauliflower. I am not necessarily a raw cauliflower lover so I decided cauliflower soup would be a great option. I think living in the Midwest, you learn to love soup when the outside temperatures are hovering below the freezing level. The taste testers absolutely loved this soup, so I thought I'd pass it on. It's great for non-meat eaters and it is also gluten-free.
Ingredients:
1 large head of cauliflower, washed and trimmed into smaller pieces
1 medium size shallot (or small sweet onion), diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp butter
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/2 c plain yogurt
1 c Monterey Jack cheese or your favorite cheese, shredded
2 Tbsp parsley flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. I used a large soup pot to melt the butter over low-medium heat.
  2. Add the shallot and garlic, stir and cook about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the cauliflower pieces and stir until it's coated with the butter mixture.
  4. Add the chicken stock, heat until it boils then lower the heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. This step is really about your preference. I removed most of the cauliflower and put it in the blender to puree it. Remember to remove the small piece on the top of your blender to allow the hot steam to escape. I placed a dish towel over the small hole so it wouldn't splatter. I'm sure you could use a mixer, immersion blender or potato masher if you don't have a blender. 
  6. Place the puree back into the broth in the pan and stir.
  7. Add the milk and yogurt (low heat) for about 10-20 minutes.
  8. Stir in shredded cheese, dried parsley, salt and pepper. Heat until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.
Cauliflower soup almost ready to eat!
Final reminders, remember to keep your heat low to prevent any curdling. For the meat lovers, you could add some bacon bits or small pieces of ham. For the cheese lovers in your family, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top before serving. Makes about 8-10 servings.
Enjoy and stay warm!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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