Soup Sunday: Kicked Up Cauliflower Soup

August 5, 2018

Soup Sunday: Kicked Up Cauliflower Soup

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Every Sunday, regardless of the season, how many kids are home,  or what kind of crazy day I have planned, I make soup.  If I don’t it’s not Sunday according to my son Jonathan.   I usually wake up earlier than everyone else on Sunday, I like the silence and the solitude and it lets me finalize what exactly my day will look like.  A nice cup of  Vanilla Coffee,  while I curl up in our living room to enjoy the view, catch up on email, do a little surfing (yes, Pinterest and FoodGawker come to mind) get’s me off to a good start.

I always Meal Prep either Saturday or Sunday, usually Sunday and I always start with the soup, they are generally easy to prepare, and benefit from the longer slower cooking time that I get by doing it first.  It also means if I’m by chance missing an ingredient I have time to pick another recipe to make.   I have many family favourites, but I get bored and like to experiment with new recipes or new flavours to existing recipes.  It’s the chef in me I guess.

 

Chopped Carrots, Onion, Celery & Cauliflower in crockpot
Cauliflower Soup – Love on a plate

Soup Sunday: Kicked Up Cauliflower Soup

This is not your ordinary Cauliflower Soup, not that there's anything wrong with your basic Cream of Cauliflower,  or Cauliflower Cheese Soups, I quite like them actually, but this one, rich with heavy cream and a hint of tarragon is outstanding.
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Prep Time: 3 hours 9 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 9 minutes
Author: loveonaplate

Ingredients

  • Kicked Up Cauliflower Soup
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup butter   divided
  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • fresh tarragon optional but delicious

Instructions

  • In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute the onions, carrots, celery and  garlic in 1/4 cup butter until tender.
  • Cauliflower Soup Ingredients; Cauliflower, Carrots,Celery, Onion
  • Add cauliflower, broth, parsley,  salt, pepper, basil and tarragon.
  • Pour in the broth
    Pouring chicken broth into pot of cauliflower
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Let cool and puree until very smooth.
  • Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, melt the remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the milk and whipping cream. Bring to a gentle, very gentle, boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened., add to cauliflower mixture.
  • Cook for an additional 10 minutes over low heat until thickened, stir frequently to avoid the bottom from burning.
  • Serve immediately sprinkled with freshly chopped Tarragon.

Notes

If you are short on time, or need to leave the house you can cook the vegetables and broth in a crockpot for about 6 hours and then proceed with the recipes directions.
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