Cauliflower-and-Cheddar Soup

Poor ol’ cauliflower. I feel like cauliflower gets a bum rap in the vegetable world. I mean, really, have you ever heard someone say that their favorite vegetable is cauliflower? Well, this soup makes cauliflower shine! This soup was so good! I wasn’t sure how good it was going to be, since there aren’t that many ingredients, but ta-da! Awesome soup!

rating: 9.4

Cauliflower-and-Cheddar Soup
(Everyday Food, March 2012)

serves 6
active time: 15 min.
total time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 medium head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if desired (I used vegetarian “chicken” broth)
5 1/2 ounces sharp white cheddar, grated (1 1/2 cups)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

In a large pot, melt butter over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 minutes. Add cauliflower and cook until just beginning to brown, 12 minutes. Add broth and 1 cup water; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is very tender, 20 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

In batches, fill a blender halfway with mixture and puree until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return pureed soup to pot and add more broth or water for a thinner consistency, if desired. Heat over medium until warmed through; add cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with cayenne.

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