Cauliflower was on deep discount at Sprouts and I was in the mood for some soup, like I am most days. So I did some internet browsing and came upon this soup from Gimmie Some Oven that sounded really good.
This soup is incredibly creamy because of the method used. First, you boil some cauliflower with chicken or vegetable stock until it’s tender and then you blend it and mix it with milk. This makes the soup very creamy but very full of good cauliflower flavor. Then to make it extra good, you make some crispy baked cauliflower in the oven to put in. Two different kinds of cauliflower flavor and texture in one soup. The fresh thyme really comes through so I highly encourage you to use fresh instead of dried.
Enjoy this with some good bread or a grilled cheese sandwich.
Creamy roasted cauliflower soup
Prep-time: 20 minutes
Cook-time: 40 minutes
2 heads cauliflower, cut into florets and kept separate
Salt and pepper
1 large yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups stock
2 sprigs fresh thyme, de-stemmed
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
More parmesan cheese
Sliced green onions
Pre-heat the oven to 425.
Put half of the cauliflower florets in a bowl and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is starting to brown and crisp.
Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a Dutch oven and add the onion, cooking for about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add in the other half of the cauliflower, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the stock and thyme, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft. Once the cauliflower is soft, transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend the mix until very smooth. Add in the milk and parmesan cheese and bring to a soft boil to heat the milk. Add in the oven roasted cauliflower, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Serve in a bowl topped with more cheese and eat with a good crusty bread. I like seedsational. Top with green onions if you like.