Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cauliflower Soup

So, to give credit where credit is due--this recipe is from The Pioneer Woman.  I have made several of her recipes and almost all of them have been major hits with the whole family.  Or at least, 3 out of 4 family members (the 5th hasn't been eating solids long enough to be a part of the statistics).  But I've made a few tweaks to make it a little healthier.

Cauliflower Soup (from Pioneer Woman)

2-3 T. olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
2-3 carrots, finely diced
1-2 celery stalks, finely diced
1-2 heads cauliflower, roughly chopped
2 T. chopped parsley
2 quarts chicken broth
4 T. butter
1 C. milk
6 T. flour
2 C. fat free half & half
2-4 tsp. salt
1 C. sour cream, room temp.

Heat oil in large pot.  Add onion and cook to brown.  Add carrots and celery.  Cook a few minutes.  Add cauliflower and parsley.  Cover and cook over very low heat 15 min.  Pour in chicken broth.  Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer.

In medium saucepan, melt 4 T. butter.  Stir in flour and salt.  Slowly add milk and whisk to combine.  Remove from heat and stir in 2 C. half & half.  Do this slowly, or you'll have lumps.  Lumps are no good.  Add mixture to simmering soup. Allow to simmer for 15-20 min.  Check seasoning and add  more salt and pepper if necessary.

Place small amount of sour cream in each bowl and add the soup.

I usually forget the sour cream and Blake has decided he likes it better that way, so try live it up and try it both ways!


  1. I'm excited to try this on soup night!!! I'm glad to see its nightshade free. That makes me so happy.

  2. Question: do you think you could use milk instead of half and half?

  3. Answer: Yes. The half and half just makes it a little creamier. If you're going to go with all milk I would use something other than skim. Just to give it a little oomph!

    Hooray for nightshade free soup!!!