Autumn is soup time…
Cream soups are made with heavy cream and these soups are delicious and fun to make. However, for a soup enthusiast like me, cream is a no – no. When I watched John Besh make this cauliflower soup without the cream, I was really excited. If you have a dairy sensitivity, this is a great soup for the fall or winter. This is adapted from John Besh’s Recipe Creamy any vegetable soup .
¼ cup olive oil
1 whole leek, trimmed and chopped* substitute ½ onion
½ fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped, tops reserved for garnish* (substituted 1/3 cup celery stalk and leaves finely sliced)
1 cauliflower head broken into florets
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 potato, peeled and roughly chopped
4 cups chicken broth
Freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a very large pan over medium high heat to sweat the leeks (Onion) and fennel.
Stirring – 2 minutes add garlic stir and cook another 2 minutes.
Add the cauliflower florets, celery, potato, and chicken broth and bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 20-30 minutes until florets are soft. Towards the end I added ½ teaspoon of mustard seed. I used a good teaspoon of cracked pepper. Light on the salt and added it after it was blended.
Use an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients or put in a blender. The immersion blender eliminated the messy steps of cleaning up the blender. (Yay.)
To top off the soup serving, Chef Besh added a dollop of (yes!) whipped cream. As I live and breathe…southern cooking is so decadent.
*[For the cauliflower recipe John Besh used ½ an onion and fennel. I did not have fennel so I substituted about 1/3 cup of finely sliced celery and celery leaves]
I did not use potato. The soup was delicious even with out it.
This Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe serves 8 people. I will be bringing this to Fiesta Friday #144! I have truly missed the Friday get togethers! Many dishes later I have returned for the party. It’s always inspired and inspiring with the cooks from around the globe! The co-hosts this week are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. Thanks Angie!
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.