Finding cauliflower on sale, I bought two and had visions of making this soup. That was two weeks ago – my how time flies. Thankfully, cauliflower keeps well so today was the day I pulled them out of the fridge and got to soup-making. Now as I’ve explained in my “About Me”, I feed packs of ravenous teens and 20’s so I make soup in big batches. No empty nest yet for this gal. Anyhow, this recipe makes 14 cups of soup so if you want a smaller batch, half it and freeze your extras.
- 2 large cauliflowers, washed, trimmed and broken into florets (about 16 cups)
- 2 cups of washed, chopped leeks
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 4 cups of vegetable stock
- 3 cups milk (I used 1%)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar + a few tbsp.extra for serving garnish
Wash, trim and break cauliflower into florets. Wash and dice leeks and set aside. In a large soup pot, place the 3 tbsp. of butter and heat on medium-high until melted. Add the leeks and cook until softened. Pour in the vegetable stock, milk and add cauliflower. Stir in salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cauliflower has softened. Mash down softened cauliflower with a potato masher to break into smaller parts. If you desire a completely pureed soup, run the soup through a blender or use a hand mixture. Since I like soup with some texture, I run half of it through the blender and make sure the other half is mashed down so that no pieces are larger than a walnut.
Serve immediately and refrigerate or freeze leftover soup.
As an option to garnish this soup before serving, sprinkle with things like:
- 1 tsp. cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp. diced chives
- 1 tsp. finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp. chopped walnuts
As for the health benefits of cauliflower, I was doing a bit of digging and came across the following link to some interesting research on this vegetable: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=13
I also have some other vegetable soup recipes on my blog so also check out:
P.S. If you’re a regular follower of my blog, sorry that there have been gaps between posts but in the world of international development fundraising – my other passion – this is the super busy season leading up to Christmas. If you want to find out about what I do, visit www.erdo.ca/child-sponsorship