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Cauliflower Soup

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Out of all the soups in my repertoire, the one that most says “comfort food” to me is my mom’s time-tested Cauliflower Soup. It’s brothy. Savory. Creamy. Filled with tender chunks of cauliflower and all the comforts of home. I’ve made it in my own household for years … and now I share it with you.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter, Divided
  • ½ whole Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 whole Carrot Finely Diced
  • 1 stalk Celery, Finely Diced
  • 1 whole (to 2 Whole) Cauliflower Heads (roughly Chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Or Dried Parsley, Chopped
  • 2 quarts Low-sodium Chicken Broth Or Stock
  • 6 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons To 4 Teaspoons Salt, To Taste
  • 1 cup (heaping) Sour Cream, Room Temperature

Preparation

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, or until it starts to turn brown.

Add the carrots and celery and cook an additional couple of minutes. Add cauliflower and parsley and stir to combine.

Cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour in chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer.

In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Mix the flour with the milk and whisk to combine. Add flour-milk mixture slowly to the butter, whisking constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup half-and-half. Add mixture to the simmering soup. Allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Check seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary.

Just before serving, place the sour cream in a serving bowl or soup tureen. Add two to three ladles of hot soup into the tureen and stir to combine with the sour cream. Pour in remaining soup and stir.

Serve immediately.

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Melissa on 4.30.2012

Really yummy soup! I skipped the half and half to keep the fat and calories down and just used one head of cauliflower (it was a large one) because that’s what was in the pantry. My kids loved it! Even my picky daughter ate it right up! My new favorite way of eating cauliflower :-)

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kella on 11.18.2010

i am officially addicted to this soup.
i used an immersion blender on my latest batch because i wanted it a bit smoother, but either way, this is SO delicious.

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tjdjcjmj on 5.18.2010

I read your recipe a few weeks ago and have been thinking about it ever since. I finally made it tonight. It was wonderful. Even my husband who doesn’t like cauliflower or soup loved it. Thank you!

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1ornerygirl on 4.6.2010

This soup is very quick and easy not to mention delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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mindada on 3.27.2010

This makes a TON! And it is quite good. I have just used whole milk in place of the 1/2 and 1/2, and it was still good and rich. I’d recommend using 2 whole cauliflower heads.

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N. Kelsey, the Slap Dash Chef on 8.27.2013

This was the first Pioneer Woman recipe I found and my family just adores it. We can’t get enough and it’s even better the second day! My only modifications are to use a little dill instead of parsley and heavy cream instead of half n half, but that’s just my taste. Nothing wrong with the recipe itself! It’s the perfect blend of a cream and broth soup and there’s nothing better.

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westmonster on 12.29.2012

I made this yesterday for the first time and it definitely won’t have been the last time! Hubby loved it, too!

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K on 10.6.2012

WOW! I don’t even have words! YUM! Have made this 4 times in the last 2 weeks since I’ve found it! Do yourself a favor and double this recipe!!!

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delred1 on 9.24.2012

I made this in early summer and froze the rest. So tonights dinner is the soup from the freezer and cmcdon24′s chicken stuffed pockets. Yummy quick dinner :-)

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Melissa on 4.30.2012

So glad this recipe popped up. I had a head of cauliflower and was stumped on what to make for dinner. Everyone loved it, leftovers were basically non-existent. Thank you for a way to love cauliflower…because I think it’s sprouting in my garden right now and I was skeered! lol

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