Wednesday, November 3, 2010

E: Vegetarian Cream of Cauliflower Soup Revisited

Hope your week is going well and that you’re coming down from those Halloween sugar highs :). Reminder: enter our shake n’ bake contest!!

It is getting to that time of year when soup, stew and chili make the most ideal meals. I posted this recipe a long time ago (2008) and have adjusted it just a bit. It is one of my most favorite soup recipes (and Josh’s too).

Cream of Cauliflower

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  • 1 (16 oz.) bag cauliflower (or medium head cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 1/2 c. onion
  • 1 (15 oz.) can vegetable broth
  • 4 tbsp. butter, margarine or butter substitute
  • 4 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 c. milk (skim, 1%, 2%)
  • 1/2 c. dairy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. basil (or chopped fresh basil- I used some from my Aunts garden- THANK YOU LORI!)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 c. ground/grated Parmesan cheese

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In a large soup pot, combine vegetables and vegetable broth. Heat to boiling, lower heat and simmer (covered) 10 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, melt margarine. Add flour, mix with whisk, then add milk and cream to make a white sauce.

Stir white sauce into vegetable mixture and add basil and ground red pepper. Heat until soup thickens, 20 minutes, covered. Stir every once in a while. In last five minutes, add ground cheese.



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Serve with your favorite sides:

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mmmm…I could eat soup every night.


Heather said...

OMG, me too!! I made chili last night. I think I could eat every meal out of a bowl.... :)

TiffersRunsTX said...

Seriously, between you and "Where's the Beach" Heather, I'm going soup and stew bonkers! I don't know which to make first! :O Lol! I need to pick up some things for this one, so I think I'll make it this Friday! <3

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said... creamy!! Yum!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

That does sound like a delicious soup! I've been on a soup kick lately too, so I am going to bookmark this recipe. Happy hump day!!

Britt said...

Sounds awesome! I made some beef stew last week, but this soup would be a good way to get some veggies in the husband!

Julie said...

mmm i'm a big fan of soup with things in it haha. that sounds weird? but like i LOVE chili and i love love love clam chowder haha so i'm glad that this still has the cauliflowers live and well in it :)

i'm totally making chili this week. maybe tonight? hmmm.

anyways! hi!!!!! :)

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

i could totally eat various versions os soups from october-march. every day.

cauliflower is SO versatile, i love it mashed, creamed, made into a dough. its fantastic.

Corey said...

This soup looks so warm and comforting!! I think I might make chili tonight - I'm perusing some of your chili and soup recipes for ideas :)

Esi said...

Love cauliflower!

Veggies, Cake and Cocktails said...

Oh my word, this soup looks so good and comforting on a cold winter/fall day. I really wish my husband liked creamy stuff because I would love to make a huge pot of this for us to share.

Oh well, I will have to settle for making a huge pot for myself:) At least I won't have to worry about sharing;)

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Now that it's getting colder I could definitely eat soup every night!! So warm and comforting :).

Bridget said...

Mmmm you know I love soup too! Love cauliflower as well and this looks creamy and delicious!!

Diana said...

This is a great soup idea. I'm not much for thin soups that have no texture...unless it's like some fancy restaurant and it's a specialty or whatever. If I'm making it for myself, I probably want it to be a whole meal in a bowl. Chili is ideal for that. I just had HEAB's almond butter chili for lunch! It was sooooo good. Soup is also ideal for leftovers to take to work!

fittingbackin said...

I too could eat soup every night - especially now that it's getting colder - love it!

Krista said...

I could eat soup every night in the winter, too! I'll have to bookmark this one... :)

hbobier said...

I was just looking through the soup section of my favorite cookbook last night!! I haven't made a pot yet, but I may need to soon!

Katie said...

YUM! I'm a huge fan of whipping up a big batch of soup in the cold months. Yours looks fab! Happy Wednesday!

Biz said...

I could eat soup every day too - while I know you wouldn't eat this topping, this made my cauliflower soup!

I do have chili on my stove as we speak for dinner - pork and black bean (I am sure you just threw up in your mouth a bit at that one!)

Angharad said...

Hello my sweet! It's been forever. Thanks for keeping up with my posts while I was gone!

I love the new look/direction you're blog is taking with two bloggers. It really works well!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Soup queen! This one looks great, love a nice creamy soup :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

This looks delish! i love cauli soup...i think with this recipe, i could get scott to like it too :)

thanks for your comment on my working out post and what i do...and the compliments on my abs, you're too sweet :)

have a great hump day!

*Naomi* said...

LOVE soup and love cauliflowers!! the BIGGEST ones I have ever seen in my life were on sale at whole foods for 2.99! I swear one weighed abotu 10 lbs!

I may have asked you this I was just curious what does the "E" and "M" before your blog title refer to?? i was just curious!!

Lauren said...

This looks fantastic. I love soup this time of year! :)

BroccoliHut said...

I hear ya--every night is soup night for me!

teresa said...

ooooh, love cauliflower soup! i hope all has been well for you erica, i've missed ya!

Pound said...

any good recipes for broccoli cheese soup? my hubby used to make a good one but he's not consistent! doh!

lee said...

I could definitely eat soup every night.