Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Total Time: 45 minutes
Recipe adapted from: Chez Panisse
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 cauliflower head, broken into florets
5 cups of water
salt, to taste
In a medium soup pot heat the olive oil over medium heat and began to sweat the onions being careful not to let them caramelize too much, or burn. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Add the florets and about 1 cup of water, put a lid on the pot and let the cauliflower steam until softened. Add the remaining 4 cups of water, a heavy pinch of salt and let simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the cauliflower begins to break down and the liquid has reduced slightly.
Carefully pour the soup into a blender, and puree until smooth. (You may need to add a bit more liquid at this point) Return soup to the pot, taste for seasonings, and let sit for about 10 minutes. At this point the soup with thicken slightly and give the salt a chance to meld into the soup.
Pour into preheated bowls and garnish, as you desire.
Notes: You may swap out the water for vegetable or chicken stock, however I don’t believe the added flavor is necessary, I love the richness the cauliflower brings with the earthy sweetness of the onions.
Notice no cream or dairy was added to this soup- having a great blender (vitamix) creates creamy & luxurious textures without adding any fat.
Also, sometimes cream dulls down the flavor of a soup, if you want the extra richness I recommend swapping out some of the water with the cream.
Some of my favorite toppings for this soup:
Pesto- A few tablespoons of pesto may be added to the soup, and barely swirled to leave a distinct color difference. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmesan.
Miso- Once again a few tablespoons of Miso can be added at the end of the cooking process to add wonderful flavor and depth. Garnish with scallion greens.
Curry- Adding yellow curry powder or paste to the onions in the beginning of the recipe will allow the spices to toast and integrate wonderful flavor into the soup.
Enjoy and let me know your favorite flavor combination!!