Saturday, October 10

Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar Crisps

It's soup season! Hooray! Making soups is one of my favorite things to cook, its relaxing in a weird way. I thought my first soup of the season would be with something I have never cooked before – cauliflower.  I've always been intimidated by cauliflower when I pass it by in the grocery store or market. It seemed so big and scary. But, I finally got one and it turned out to be really easy! You just remove the inner core and chop into smaller florets. This soup came out so flavorful, and the cheddar crisps, wow! They were such a nice touch! I could snack on those all day long. Great just by itself as an appetizer with a glass of wine.

Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar Crisps
adapted from Dave Lieberman

1 head cauliflower
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 leek, light green and white parts, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart chicken stock
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
salt and pepper

1 Preheat oven to 350
2 Remove leaves and inner core of the cauliflower and chop into pieces.
3 Heat olive oil in large pot and saute leeks and garlic until soft.
4 Add the cauliflower and stock and bring to a simmer, cover and cook until cauliflower is softened, about 15 minutes.
5 Use a hand immersion blender to puree the soup until creamy and smooth. Add the parmesan and and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste,

Cheddar Crisps
handful of shredded cheddar

1 Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the cheese in 1 thin even layer.
2 Bake around 10 minutes until golden and crisp. Break into large pieces and garnish each soup bowl with 1-2 crisps. Enjoy!


14 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A perfect combo! Do refined...

Cheers,

Rosa

Stacey Snacks said...

Zoe, I had cauliflower soup in nyc yesterday that was sooo good, I said I needed a good recipe!
and there you are!
Thanks!

Leslie said...

I love love love soup. I have never had cauliflower soup..but it looks divine!

maybelle's mom said...

lovely crisps. i can never do those right,

unconfidential cook said...

The soup sounds deelish...and I love the crisps. Never thought to make them with anything but Parmesan.

Soma said...

Just the thing for the weather we are having right now! I have been wanting to make the cheese crisps for so long now.. yours looks delicate & beautiful.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Wonderful. I'll have to go pick up a cauliflower tomorrow. Love the crisps. Great touch.

Christie @ Fig&Cherry said...

I like your thinking! Can I drop by with the wine? You make the cheddar crisps :)

Carrie said...

Looks like a great, healthy soup. And those cheddar crisps look great, too!

LizaK said...

Made this tonight. Very delish!

The leeks made my soup more green, but it was very tasty. I accidentally undercooked my crisps, so I tossed them on top of the soup and let them melt down into it, and scooped it up with fresh whole wheat baguette from the local Italian bakery.

Served it with zucchini fritters to satisfy my never ending quest for more veggies, along with my wine guy's fave Malbec. Totally awesome fall meal.

Cookies baking in the oven right now, waiting to be dunked into some real vanilla ice cream.

Thanks so much!

Jenny said...

I made this for dinner tonight, but mine didn't look quite this creamy (I need an immersion blender). But who cares how it looked, it tasted delicious! We ate it before I even thought to take a pic!

nora@ffr said...

ye soup soup sound devine!! vat a great combo with cauliflower!! a combo to die for :)
cheers!

Sweet Athena said...

This soup is fantastic. I've been looking for a good cauliflower soup recipe for a while and this was was so easy and tastes so good. Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

I've been looking over your soup recipes - so delicious, I love soup this time of year.