Winter days call for delicious soup! I love Broccoli and Cheese soup - that's what I always order when I go to Panera Bread (free plug!). However, I have never tried a cheesy cauliflower soup version. I bought a good-size cauliflower from the grocery the other day and decided to make soup out of it. I needed a delicious bowl of soup for some comfort eating as well since hubby is away on a conference in California for a few days.
Though cauliflower is the star of this soup, it's also packed with other healthy fresh ingredients like onion, celery, a leek, potato and yummy cheese! So it's a pretty wholesome soup and something even your kids would enjoy like mine did. For the cheese, I opted to use a combo of ricotta and blue cheeses. If you're not a huge fan of the pungent blue cheese then feel free to just use ricotta all the way or perhaps even try another cheese that you fancy. So don't let the winter blues get you - make a hearty and cheesy cauliflower soup today!
Cauliflower and Cheese Soup
Cheesy-licious, thick and creamy - of course it's healthy, too - Cauliflower Cheese Soup.
- 1 Cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 2 Celery stalks, sliced
- 1 Leek, chopped
- 1 large Potato, peeled and diced
- 6 cups Vegetable Stock (or water)
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 3 Tablespoons Ricotta Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Blue Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream, or to taste
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Snipped fresh Chives, parsley or cilantro, to serve
- Melt the butter in the Olive Oil in a large saucepan using low to medium heat. Add the onion, celery, leek, potato and cover.
- Let the vegetable sweat for 10 minutes.
- Uncover and pour the stock in and add the bay leaves and cauliflower florets. Simmer gently for 20-25 minutes or until the cauliflower florets are tender.
- Take the bay leaves out and then puree the rest in a blender.
- Return the pureed vegetables into the saucepan and then add the cheeses and sour cream. Just cook until cheeses have melted and the soup is fully heated through.
- Adjust the seasoning to your taste. Ladle into bowls, garnish with some fresh herbs and enjoy with some crusty bread!
Prep Time: 15 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: cauliflower, soup, vegetables, winter, cheese, ricotta, blue
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