cauliflower soup

Manfriend and I have pretty similar culinary tastes,  (although he still can’t quite grasp my love of hot sauce and processed cheese) which makes dinner quite easy and he’s always trusting when I make something he’s never had and PROMISE it will be delicious.  So when he asked for Cauliflower Soup last week, something I’ve never made and didn’t think I’d like, the least I could do was give it a good-faith effort.  And by “good faith effort” I mean, consult my favorite food blogs to see what they had to say on the topic.

Lo and Behold: just that morning, Macheesmo posted Cauliflower Stilton Soup and the Pioneer Woman also had a very similar recipe.  I used her recipe as the base, but snuck some Stilton into my bowl at the very end 🙂 And, was quite pleasantly surprised! It was rather delicious. Not something I’d put in my weekly repertoire, but I wouldn’t hesitate to make it again.

the essential tools for any culinary expedition

Cauliflower Soup
by Rhee, the Pioneer Woman

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter
  • ½ whole Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 whole Carrot Finely Diced
  • 1 stalk Celery, Finely Diced
  • 1 whole (to 2 Whole) Cauliflower Heads (roughly Chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Or Dried Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 quarts Low-sodium Chicken Broth Or Stock
  • 6 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons To 4 Teaspoons Salt, To Taste
  • 1 cup (heaping) Sour Cream, Room Temperature

Method

  • In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, or until it starts to turn brown. Add the carrots and celery and cook an additional couple of minutes.

ahhh mirepoix, we meet again.

  • Add cauliflower and parsley and stir to combine. Cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes.

exhibit A: as low as my burner can go without extinguishing itself. exhibit b: my spotlessly clean stove top.

  • After 15 minutes, pour in chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer.

threat level: orange. will all the milk and cream fit in the pot too?

  • In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Mix the flour with the milk and whisk to combine.

I have a tendancy to let my melted butter go brown...so I mixed the flour THEN carefully monitored my butter.

  • Add flour-milk mixture slowly to the butter, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup half-and-half.

  • Add mixture to the simmering soup. Allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Check seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary.

we made it! threat level has returned to green.

mouse in the house? no. just a grazing manfriend.

  • Just before serving, place the sour cream in a serving bowl or soup tureen. Add two to three ladles of hot soup into the tureen and stir to combine with the sour cream. Pour in remaining soup and stir.

they didn't design urban apartments with the storage space for soup tureens.

a little freshly cracked pepper, some lovely stilton (maybe a shake or two of hot sauce), and dinner is served!

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