A few weeks ago I had surgery on my knee to repair some soft tissue damage. The weekend before the surgery I made a few batches of soup so I’d have some easy meals for the first few weeks post-surgery when I might not feel like spending time standing in the kitchen. I did a batch of the spicy black bean soup, which has quickly turned into one of my favorites and decided I also wanted to try out something new. While I’m normally rather neutral towards cauliflower, I unexpectedly loved the creamy cauliflower soup I made last winter and I ended up really enjoying this one too. The roasted garlic and fresh herbs give this soup a wonderful flavor and it manages to be thick and creamy without any cream or butter. I finished off my last container of frozen soup tonight and I’m wishing I had made a double batch of this one!
- 1 ( 1½ lbs.) head of cauliflower
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbl. olive oil
- 1 tbl. olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 3½ cups vegetable broth
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tbl. chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower, garlic cloves and olive oil until the cauliflower is well coated. Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes until the cauliflower is lightly browned. Separate the roasted garlic and chop the cloves. Set the garlic and cauliflower aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and saute for 5-7 minutes until tender. Add the garlic, cauliflower, vegetable broth, thyme and rosemary and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
- Use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend the soup until you reach the desired consistency I like to blend about half the soup so there is still some texture from the vegetables. Add the cheddar cheese and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with some chopped vegetables or shredded cheese.
Source: Two Peas & Their Pod