Creamy Cauliflower Soup.
Does anything warm you up more wonderfully on cold winter days than a steamy, creamy bowl of soup?
I made this yummy creamy, cheesy cauliflower soup one day this past week, and we absolutely loved it.
When hubby, who typically prefers to eat lunch out during the work week, asked for a serving to take for lunch the next day, I knew I had a real winner on hand!
It is chock full of delicious vegetables simmered in broth and then creamed by adding an easy cheesy roux and blending a bit. You could completely cream it if you like, but I like to cream about half and leave plenty of hearty chunks of the cauliflower, celery, carrots and sweet red peppers.
Fresh thyme really adds a fabulous fragrance and taste, and hot sauce is a great way to kick it up just a bit!
Imagine serving this with some crusty french or chewy ciabatta bread to dunk in it or alongside a sandwich or salad.
Hope you’ll give it a try, and hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
- I head cauliflower, broken into florets (5-6 cups)
- 1 cup finely chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
- 1 tsp freshly chopped thyme
- 3 cups chicken broth (I made from water and 3 tsp. chicken base)
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp flour
- Dash of salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups half and half or milk
- 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (do not use pre-grated)
- 2 tsp Cholula Hot Sauce (or you can use Sriracha or your favorite or none)
- Combine all vegetables, thyme, and chicken broth in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter, then add flour, salt and pepper to create a roux. Whisk half and half in slowly. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook and continue whisking for 2 minutes until thickened and smooth. Turn heat off and stir in shredded cheese until melted. Add hot sauce (if desired).
- Pour creamy cheese mixture into vegetables and broth. Stir until completely combined.
- Puree to desired consistency using Immersion Blender leaving chunks of vegetables, but creating a creamy texture.
- Ladle into bowls to serve.
Cheers & Hugs,