Cauliflower Soup

Believe it or not, my 7 year old’s favorite vegetable is cauliflower! I am not sure why or how, but I think it’s great! He really liked this soup, but his only comment was that there wasn’t enough cauliflower! And I agree. For some reason, there was a run on cauliflower in my town last week! They were all out at two grocery stores, and I had to keep checking back! This recipe calls for 1-2 heads of cauliflower, and I only used 1. Next time I will use 2!

rating: 9

Cauliflower Soup
(The Pioneer Woman)

prep time: 30 min.
cook time: 30 min.
serves 6

Ingredients:

1 stick Butter, Divided
1/2 whole Onion, Finely Diced
1 whole Carrot Finely Diced
1 stalk Celery, Finely Diced
1 whole (to 2 Whole) Cauliflower Heads (roughly Chopped)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Or Dried Parsley, Chopped
2 quarts Low-sodium Chicken Broth Or Stock (I used vegetarian “chicken” stock)
6 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
2 cups Whole Milk (I used Almond milk, plain flavor)
1 cup Half-and-half
2 teaspoons To 4 Teaspoons Salt, To Taste
1 cup (heaping) Sour Cream, Room Temperature

Directions:

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, or until it starts to turn brown.
Add the carrots and celery and cook an additional couple of minutes. Add cauliflower and parsley and stir to combine.
Cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour in chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer.
In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Mix the flour with the milk and whisk to combine. Add flour-milk mixture slowly to the butter, whisking constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup half-and-half. Add mixture to the simmering soup. Allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Check seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary.
Just before serving, place the sour cream in a serving bowl or soup tureen. Add two to three ladles of hot soup into the tureen and stir to combine with the sour cream. Pour in remaining soup and stir.
Serve immediately.

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