Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Creamy Cauliflower Cheddar Cheese Soup

I was busy grocery shopping the other day when I realized it was getting close to lunch time and I was really hungry.  I looked in my cart and saw a beautiful cauliflower sitting there calling my name.  Cream of Cauliflower Soup would make a perfect lunch. When I got home,  I whipped this up in no time and it was just what I wanted to satisfy my hunger. You can easily make this vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth I used with veggie broth.  You can also lower the fat by using low fat milk instead of cream.

1 large head Cauliflower broken into small pieces
1 medium onion chopped
1-2 cups of diced celery
2-3 green chilies (jalapenos or serrano) seeded and minced
4 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
2-3 cloves of grated or minced garlic
2 cups of milk, half and half or cream
1-2 tsp cumin powder (to taste)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
 red chili/cayenne powder (or to taste)
seasoning salt and/or chicken bullion to taste
black pepper to taste
1 cup or more of shredded cheddar cheese (to taste)
*note: add water if you desire a less thick soup. 

 Heat 1Tbs of canola oil in pan.  Saute onion, green chilies, celery for a few minutes. Then add garlic, cumin powder, thyme, red chili powder, pepper, seasoning salt and saute for another minute.

Finally add chicken broth or vegetable broth and simmer for 20 minutes until cauliflower is very tender.

Add cheddar cheese and  milk and stir in well.  Then use a hand blender or food processor and blend soup until smooth.  Taste for salt and seasoning.  Adjust as needed and serve hot.  Enjoy.

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  1. This is a great alternative to using potatoes! Looks so yummy for a cold evening!

  2. I have never used cauliflower. ever. I think this soup might be the best way to ease it into my stash. my husband would be happy for sure.

  3. I LOVE cauliflower soup. And, of course, your use of spices takes this from ordinary to wow. It looks amazing. Can you come look at my grocery cart next time I shop and come up with an idea like that one?

  4. I am a huge fan of cauliflower! This soup looks so creamy and delicious! PS: I love your red dish!!Swoon!

  5. Oh yummmmmmmm! Two of my favorite things. Cheese and Cauliflower! I have both in my fridge and will be making some for lunch! Thanks!

  6. very yummy n tempting recipe...

  7. Happy New Year Ramona!

    I replied to your comment on my blog, but they were all sitting in my spam! So thank you multiple times for all the kind words. :)

    I've been terrible with keeping up with my favorite blogs, but I'm happy I chose today to hop on over. I LOVE cauliflower; and cheese in soup makes this sound out of this world. :) YUM

    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

  8. YUM! I need the hubby to go out of town so I can have a soup fest...this one, lentil, and all those he would balk at! Cauliflower cheese sounds like the perfect combo!

  9. I just made cauliflower soup two days ago and am loving it! Mine doesn't have celery or the extra spices in it, though. I may have to try this recipe to compare them!

  10. A bowl of this plus my blankie and I'm good to go!

  11. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable. There is a lot that can be made with it. As with anything, the best recipes come when you grow your own wholesome ingredients, and Cauliflower Recipes are no exception. You can learn how to grow cauliflower of your own from another section. This section will go over cauliflower recipes for two very delicious meals that you can make. In separate areas, a cauliflower soup recipe will be covered, as well as a cauliflower cheese recipe, so check those out when you get the chance.


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