Sunday, January 31, 2010

Soup's on...

I really enjoy cauliflower but the only way I've ever served it is roasted. Tonight I made a cauliflower soup. I busted out some of my frozen truffle butter to make it a bit more decadent. The truffle essence wasn't that strong in the end  but I do think it added some depth. I debated whether or not to use cream in the soup but I wanted to keep it light and healthy. It's a great soup if you're into simple, natural flavors. 
Summary: the adults enjoyed it, my almost 2-year-old ate it up and my almost 4-year-old gagged while eating it. 

Cauliflower Soup

  • 2-3 tablespoons truffle or regular butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large cauliflower; cleaned, trimmed, using just the florets cut into medium sized pieces
  • 32 oz (4 cups) good chicken broth
    *Truffle butter is available at many specialty foods stores, some supermarkets or online.

    Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes.

    Add cauliflower and sauté for 3 more minutes. Add broth. When it comes to a boil, turn down to a low simmer and cover. Cook until cauliflower is tender, stirring a couple times. About 25 minutes.

    Turn off the heat. If you have a stick hand blender, you can purée the soup right in the pot until smooth and then bring back to a simmer. If not then transfer soup to a blender or food processor in batches and purée until smooth. Return soup to pot and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Ladle soup into bowls. Serve hot with garlic toast or crusty bread. Next time I will to try it with a dollop of crème fraiche and chopped chives on top or a drizzling of truffle oil.

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    1. Can't say I'm a big c-flower fan. Funny note about the kids. In my house, the "almost 2-year-old" will absolutely eat anything (or at least try it). And the 5-year-old, well, let's just say, "good luck." Actually, he eats certain things and veggies well that I think not many 5-year-olds eat (broccoli, quacomole, edamame, bell peppers, to name a few)... but that said, he won't ever touch soup.

    2. My oldest is the adventurous one so far. He helped my puree the cauliflower and was actually down with trying the soup. Poor guy was not a fan of it in the end.