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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup

5 from 8 reviews

A simple cheesy Cauliflower Soup with onions, carrots, and celery in a creamy cheddar broth all topped with buttery breadcrumbs and bacon.

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small head cauliflower main stem removed and finely chopped
  • 3 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • ⅔ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cup finely shredded cheddar
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley or chives

 

 

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook until the onions and celery are soft; about 7-10 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute; stirring constantly.
  2. Add the chicken broth and cauliflower. Bring to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is fork tender; about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a small skillet over medium heat cook the bacon until crispy. Add the butter to the skillet with the bacon and any residual bacon fat. Once melted add the bread crumbs and continue cooking until browned stirring very frequently.  Set aside.
  4.  Remove 1 cup hot broth from the soup.  Whisk together with the flour. Whisk it into the soup and continue cooking until it has slightly thickened. Reduce the heat to low.  Whisk in the shredded cheese 1 cup at a time. If a thicker blend is desired use an immersion blender or stand blender to puree a portion of the soup. Be sure to remove the center cap on the stand blender for steam to release.
  5. Stir in the Cajun seasoning. Season to taste with salt, and pepper. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cream and top with fresh or dried parsley or chives.  Spoon into bowls and top with 1-2 tablespoons bacon breadcrumb mixture.

Notes

  • Chop or cut the cauliflower florets into small pieces. Avoid the main stem of the plant as it is too tough.
  • Simmer the cauliflower until is fork tender. That means when it is pierced with a fork it glides through with very little effort.
  • Use a good quality cheddar and use the finer side of the box grater so the cheese melts quickly and easily.
  • You can use an immersion blender or stand blender to puree a portion of this soup to make a thicker base. If using a stand blender remove the fill cap on the lid so the steam can escape while blending.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave at a reduced power.
  • Freeze in heavy duty freezer zipper bags or sturdy freezer containers for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. 

Keywords: cauliflower cheese soup, cauliflower cheddar soup, loaded cauliflower soup

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