Monday, November 29, 2010

Cauliflower Soup

Yes, you read the title correctly...I made cauliflower soup. I was quite skeptical about this recipe at first, but in the back of my mind, I knew if The Pioneer Woman made it then it had to be good.

It made a huge pot of soup and my biggest fan was my preschooler. He demolished his bowl instantly! My husband said he liked it also but I think he was just trying to be nice. ;) As for me...I did not care for it at all. I can honestly say I tried to like it and I have nothing against cauliflower. Needless to say, I won't be making it again.

It was definitely different so if it sounds good to you than try it out. I mean seriously, when was the last time you had cauliflower soup?

Cauliflower Soup
Source: The Pioneer Woman

1 stick Butter, Divided
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 T. Fresh Or Dried Parsley (chopped)
2 quarts Low-sodium Chicken Broth Or Stock
6 T. Flour
2 c. Whole Milk
1 c. Half-and-half
2 t. To 4 T. Salt, To Taste
1 c. Sour Cream, Room Temperature

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt 4 T. 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. Add cauliflower and parsley and stir to combine.
Cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour in chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer.

In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Mix the flour with the milk and whisk to combine. Add flour-milk mixture slowly to the butter, whisking constantly until it thickens. 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.

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.

Serve immediately.

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