Cauliflower Cheese Soup

So, I read somewhere recently that cauliflower season runs from October to April, which sent me into a mild panic because I try hard to find/cook/eat vegetables and fruits when they are in season…mainly because they taste best when they are in season, and also because it appeals to the compulsively over-organized part of my personality.  (Those of you who have looked in my spice cabinet know what I mean.

At any rate, I realized that cauliflower season was Almost Over and I hadn’t made anywhere near enough cauliflower anything.  (I actually don’t think I made a single cauliflower thing, and I don’t know why.  I really love cauliflower.  It’s a mystery.)  Anyway, once this dawned on me it was then a mad rush to make this simple and simply wonderful soup.  It’s basically cauliflower (you might have guessed that part), a few other veggies, some cheddar cheese, some chicken broth, a little evaporated milk and voila!  Warm and wonderful soup, perfect for an easy supper on the last of the early spring nights where there is still a little nip in the air.

Phew, made it right under the cauliflower wire.

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Ingredients

2 cups chicken broth (I like the Imagine and Pacific brand in the box, not the can)
1 head cauliflower (about a pound), broken into large pieces
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 five ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I love the Cabot brand!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Directions

Add all ingredients except milk and cheese to a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 1 1/2 hours until cauliflower is very tender.
Ladle mixture into a food processor and process until smooth. (Depending on the size of your food processor you may need to do this in batches.)
Return pureed mixture to saucepan and stir in milk and cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese is melted.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, garnish with a little parsley and serve.

Recipe adapted from BETTY CROCKER SMART COOK

Comments

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  1. Your soup looks creamy and delicious. I love cauliflower!

  2. I do the same thing! I get to the end of a season and think “OMG I never cooked with “insert veggie here””. You know, instead of remembering all the things I DID cook with. This soup sounds dreamy creamy. Love.

    • I think I need some kind of flashing “fruit and vegetable in season” sign in my kitchen. Except for tomatoes…I definitely know about tomato season. I wish it was here already!

  3. Yummy! Definitely making a pot of this next time we have a cold, rainy day!

  4. You know, I think I saw something similar used as the base for a creamy-ish, but healthy, pasta sauce, like a Primavera kind of thing, like toss the pasta with the cauliflower sauce then top with roasted veggies…wish I could remember where, or even when, I saw it. I, too, am a cauliflower lover, so it stuck in my memory.

    This would make a great winter meal. Looks so yummy.

  5. This sounds lovely and like a perfect dish before things heat up too much during the summer! I cannot wait to give this a try!

    • Yes, pretty soon we are going to be all about salads and the grill, right? (Although I love those types of recipes too….) :)

  6. I want a bowl for lunch!

  7. Yum! Cauliflower soup is one of my new favorites. I’ve made one very similar from Aarti Sequeira of “Aarti Party”… and other than cauliflower, the primary flavor is bacon! http://www.aartipaarti.com/2010/11/12/the-great-thaw-bacon-flower-soup/
    I’ve tweaked it a bit, but pretty much always end up adding some kind of sharp cheddar or parmesan. A few dashes of hot sauce don’t hurt either! Whether your recipe or hers, I love that you can have a soup with a really creamy texture without actually using a ton of cream.

    • Yum – thanks so much for this link! I think the only thing that could make this soup better is bacon, so I will definitely give this a try – I owe you one!

  8. As I was leaving my parents’ house after a few days visit, my mom handed me a head of cauliflower to take home (we’re a normal family, I swear). I made this soup for dinner tonight with said cauliflower, and it was fantastic!

    • I think cauliflower is a fantastic parting gift! My mom once gave me some really great bacon for my birthday (I’m totally serious!) Glad you liked it. :)

  9. I don’t care that its almost July! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Soup!

    And this one- this one was perfect. Super Yum!

    Thank you!

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