Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup

8 Jul

Why am I craving soup in the summertime? I have no idea, but am going for it!

Cheesy, creamy soups are one of my downfalls. Yes, this has cauliflower and other healthy things in it, but ultimately, it’s not the most waistline friendly soup around. But hey, it’s a good way to get folks to eat their vegetables, right?

Roasted cauliflower and garlic mixes beautifully with white cheddar cheese – the sharpness really balances with the hearty vegetables to create a delicious and filling soup. I’ll certainly be making this again when the weather better agrees!

Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
4 whole, peeled garlic cloves
3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped or dried
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 1/2 cups white cheddar, shredded
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: 4-6 servings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the cauliflower florets and whole garlic cloves in two tablespoons of olive oil along with the salt and pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast the cauliflower until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.

Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the broth, cauliflower, and roasted garlic and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. (be careful with the blender lid since it’s hot!)

Mix in the cheese, let it melt and season with salt and pepper. Mix in the milk and remove from heat. Garnish as desired and serve while hot. Enjoy!



2 Responses to “Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup”

  1. Bernie Gutierrez July 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Thanks so much! We just had this at dinner and it was so good. I even used our immersion blender for the first time; great recipe 🙂

    • Becky July 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Awesome! So glad to hear yall liked it! Aren’t immersion blenders great? I finally got one last month for my birthday and am loving it!

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