Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Creamy cauliflower soup recipe
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 Bowls (6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
168 Calories
4g Fat
25g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Bowls (6 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 6g
Calcium 79mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cauliflower soup recipe is a simple, puréed soup that's thickened with potato and flavored with garlic, wine, and fresh herbs. It's subtle yet quite flavorful. If you love cauliflower, you'll love this cauliflower soup.

Making this soup with roasted cauliflower is a revelation. Simply roast the cauliflower and prepare the soup as described below, but don't sauté the roasted cauliflower along with the other ingredients. Hold it aside and add it to the soup about five minutes before the potatoes are done.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cauliflower (outer leaves removed)
  • 1 medium Russet or other starchy potato
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 quart vegetable broth or stock
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground white pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (hot)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut cauliflower into (roughly) same-sized pieces, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick depending on diameter. Don't worry about precision—the soup is going to be puréed anyway. You just want the pieces to be of uniform size so that they cook evenly. Reserve about a cup of smaller florets.

  3. Peel the potato and cut it into pieces about the same size as the cauliflower.

  4. In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat the butter over a low-to-medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and cauliflower and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent, stirring more or less continuously.

  5. Add the wine and cook for another minute or two or until the wine seems to have reduced by about half.

  6. Add the stock and the potato. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower and potatoes are soft enough that they can easily be pierced with a knife. Don't let them get mushy, though.

  7. Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan with a little bit of oil and sauté the reserved cauliflower florets until they're tender. Season to taste with Kosher salt and set aside.

  8. Remove from heat and purée in a blender, working in batches if necessary. Be careful when you blend the hot soup. Start on a slow speed with the lid slightly ajar to vent any steam, then seal the lid and increase the blending speed.

  9. Return puréed soup to the pot and bring to a simmer again, adding more broth or stock to adjust the thickness if necessary. Add the hot cream and season to taste with Kosher salt and white pepper.

  10. Portion the soup into individual bowls, garnish each bowl with some of the reserved cauliflower and fresh chives and serve right away.

    Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

    Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

Warning

Steam from hot ingredients can expand quickly in a blender, causing burns and splattering everywhere. To prevent this, fill the blender only 1/3 of the way, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

Recipe Variation

  • For a yummy variation, stir a cup of grated Gruyère, Emmenthaler or Fontina cheese into the soup just before serving.