Delicious and Dreamy Cream of Cauliflower Soup with no cream! Posted on 17 Jan 13:07 , 2 comments
I've been thinking about trying to make a cauliflower soup. Last weekend I was laying in bed and I watched an episode of America's Test Kitchen and guess what they were making...yep! Cream of Cauliflower soup! I couldn't stand it, I had to get up and try it and man o man, it was worth it. This soup is so delicious and creamy you have to try it, after every bite my husband says, Ummmm! It's low carb and it's super easy.
Here we go!
Here are your ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
1 stick butter cut in half
2 tsp. bacon drippings (optional)
1 small onion
Salt & Pepper
4 1/2 to 5 cups water or chicken broth
Melt 1/2 stick butter in your pot. Dice one onion and one leek add it to the pot. Add 1 1/2 tsp. salt. (Make sure you clean the leek completely they can be dirty. I cut mine in half and rinse well). (Now the first time I made this I didn't have a leek, I just used a large onion and I'm not sure if I could tell the difference, but if you have one use it)! I also add about 2 teaspoons of bacon drippings. It gives it a nice smoky flavor. Cook until the onion is soft. This takes about 7-10 minutes.
In the meantime... Clean cauliflower and cut up into pieces. Save all the little crumbs because we're going to use that for our garnish. Also you can crush up a few florets to make more garnish pieces.
When the onion and leeks are soft and ready...
Add 1/2 of the cauliflower pieces, Chicken stock (or water). Put lid on and bring to a simmer. This takes about 10 minutes.
Let simmer for 15 minutes.
While that is simmering we're going to make the garnish. You don't want to skip this part it is worth it and so delicious.
In a frying pan melt 1/2 stick of butter. ( I also add a tsp of bacon drippings, I can't help it I like the way it tastes!)
Add your small cauliflower pieces and let brown.
When they are brown, remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Put the brown butter in a separate bowl and set aside. This is our garnish.
After 15 minutes is up, add the second 1/2 of the cauliflower and let simmer for 20 minutes.
When that is done get your blender out. If you have a Vitamix you could probably do this is one batch. My Vitamix is buried somewhere so I'm using my little blender and I have to do a couple batches.
Fill the blender 2/3 full, remove the middle piece and put a cloth on top. It lets the steam escape. Pulse a couple of times then blend for about one minute and put into a bowl. Continue until everything is pureed.
When you're done pour back into your pot and adjust the thickness. You can add a little more water if it's too thick.
Now serve yourself a bowl of the most delicious, creamy, hearty, amazing cream of cauliflower soup you've ever tasted and don't forget to add the browned cauliflower and a drizzle of brown butter.
Ummm, ummmm good!
p.s. I have a feeling I'm going to be making this soup a lot, going to have to go dig out that Vitamix!