Warm up chilly winter nights with a bowl of Creamy Cauliflower Soup. This healthy, easy-to-prepare recipe comes together in less than an hour. We recommend using a head of cauliflower for chopping so the florets will be less cruciferous. Packaged fresh cauliflower works fine, too, but be sure to cut the florets into smaller pieces before adding to the Dutch oven. In Step 2, simmering the mixture uncovered helps it thicken. Blending the soup with pieces of butter in Step 4 enhances the luscious, sauce-like texture. You might have noticed the absence of cream in the ingredients list, but you won’t miss it when you taste the final product—this cauliflower soup is velvety smooth all on its own. Add a sprinkling of fresh-baked croutons on top for a complementary crunch. Store leftover servings in individual containers to heat up and enjoy throughout the week.

Julia Levy

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Southern Living

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Yield:
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft and beginning to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Stir in broth and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt; increase heat to high, and bring to a boil.

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  • Add cauliflower, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, uncovered, until cauliflower is tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, toss bread cubes with 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.

  • Working in batches, if needed, pour soup into a blender; add butter. Secure lid on blender, and remove center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over opening. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Divide soup among bowls, and top with croutons, chives, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.