Friday, October 8, 2010
Silky Cauliflower Soup
It's no secret that I adore veggies, in recent months cauliflower has become one of my favorites. I love it in vegetarian curries, roasted in the oven, and minced in the food processor as a substitute for rice. So, when I came across this recipe for a creamy (dairy free) cauliflower soup, I knew I had to give it a try.
This soup is very simple, but very satisfying. I served ours with a green salad, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cherries and a simple vinaigrette. It was the perfect fall lunch.
Silky Cauliflower Soup
1 Large Head of Cauliflower, roughly chopped (green parts removed)
1 Large Onion, chopped
4-5 Large Garlic Cloves, smashed
1 Quart of Vegetable Broth or Chicken for non-vegetarian (preferably homemade*)
1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
Olive oil for pan
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
Optional Topping - toasted garlic slices
1) Heat a large pot over medium heat, coat the pot with a little olive oil (a couple tablespoons), add the onions and garlic, saute until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes)
2) Add the cauliflower, broth, and cumin. Cover and let simmer 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is very tender.
3) Using an immersion blender or working in batches with an upright blender, puree the soup.
4) Taste the soup, add salt and pepper as needed. If desired, top each bowl of soup with toasted garlic slices.
*Because this soup contains so few ingredients, I would recommend using a good homemade broth - the quality of the broth really makes a big difference.
Like most soups, this one tastes even better reheated the next day, so double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd!
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