Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream

Thanksgiving has passed. The holiday was filled with wonderful food and plenty of over indulgence. We are exhausted.

Over the months, I have been reading many of your blogs that highlight Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, around my french table. I am now a proud owner of her cookbook, and this is the first recipe that was prepared. A beautiful, silky smooth cauliflower soup that is easy to prepare, and hits the spot just right on a cold day, following a huge eating festival.

We generously peppered and drizzled the soup with a bit of good extra-virgin olive oil just before serving.


Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream
Serves 8
Recipe from around my french table
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 Vidalia, Spanish, or large yellow onions (about 3/4 pound), coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, split, germ removed, and thinly sliced
3 celery stalks, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 thyme sprigs, leaves only
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 head cauliflower, leaves removed, broken into florets (discard the tough core)
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock

Directions:
Put the olive oil and butter in a large Dutch oven or soup pot and warm over low heat.  When the butter is melted, add the onions, garlic, celery, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of white pepper.  Stir until all the ingredients glisten with oil and butter, then cover the pot and cook slowly, stirring often, for 20 minutes.

Toss the cauliflower into he pot and pour in the broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat so that the broth simmers gently, and cook, uncovered, for another twenty-minutes, or until the cauliflower is very soft.

Puree the soup in batches in a blender or food processor; or use an immersion blender.  This soup is best when it is very smooth, so if you think it needs it, push it through the strainer.  (If you've used a standard blender, this shouldn't be necessary.)  Taste for salt and pepper; I like to pepper teh soup generously.

Serve plain or garnished with the topping of your choice.

Optional toppings: Extra-virgin olive oil, walnut oil, grated cheese, crushed toasted walnuts, creme fraiche or sour cream, caviar or shaved truffles.

Enjoy!
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48 comments:

Susan said...

This looks so good. Great choice for your first recipe out of this book.

sangeeta said...

Lovely healthy soup .... my type completely.

Barbara said...

I certainly hope someone (hint, hint, my children) reads my Amazon wish list and gives me Dorie's book!
The soup looks lovely and really, Velva, I long for a cool break in this warm November!

lakeviewer said...

Ah, lovely, and almost vegan. I have children who are vegan and my recipes have to be quite versatile. Without the butter, and I can totally see this on any vegan table. Thank you, Velva. You are always ahead of the curve.

paulakiger said...

This looks delicious! (And as usual the picture does good recipe justice.) We need a better blender/food processor/something at our house for things like this!

Farmchick said...

Really a nice healthy recipe. Nice!

ThatJewCanCook said...

Velva, this looks similar to one of my go to quick soups-- I'll have to adjust and see if I like this recipe better :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This sounds delicious, my hubby will love it, as he loves anything with cauliflower! Thanks for a great recipe & have a great day!

Mary

P.S. Love the bowl, where did you find that?

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love cauliflower soup, I have not made it for ages. Thanks for the reminder. Diane

Lea Ann said...

I won the cookbook from Barbara, Movable Feasts and am l-o-v-e ing it. Beautiful cookbook. I did notice this soup and so glad to see your post. This is one of the recipes I've marked.

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Love cauliflower soup, and this one sounds particularly tasty with the addition of thyme. What a lovely bowl and photo!

Danielle said...

this soup sounds delicious and so easy I could make it during the week!

Chocolate Freckles said...

That soup looks beautiful!

Marguerite said...

Love cream of cauliflower soup and haven't made it in a long time. This recipe is excellent and looks fab! Thanks for sharing!

Chef E said...

Man, why is it I see great dishes like this, and I already went to the market today after the gym? I was just talking about cauliflower with hubby's step mom...DARN!

TKW said...

I certainly could use a soup sans-cream for the holidays--this sounds really good!

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks so delicious and it's easy and quick to make! I am going to try this soup soon.

Lucia from Madison said...

Okay that book is now going on my Wish list or at least I will see if they have it at the library. Love cream soups just hate the cream part. And thyme is my favorite herb!

Ana Powell said...

Really delicious and easy to make.
Lovely white colour too ♥

teresa said...

i'm glad you had a good thanksgiving! i'm always looking for a fun new way to make cauliflower. this looks wonderful!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Dorie does have some great recipes. This looks terrific. I had two heads of cauliflower in the house a couple of weeks ago, and now wish I'd thought of this.

Dishesdone said...

Looks delicious, I'll have to try this! Isn't the book a fun read?

Stella said...

Hey Velva, this soup sounds like the perfect, healthful meal after indulging. I would love a bowl of this cream-less soup with just a piece of whole grain bread and salad. That would really hit the spot right now actually;)!

Reeni said...

Cauliflower has such a natural creaminess to it that I love! I could cozy up to a bowl or two of this right now. Delicious!

Abbey said...

OK, the universe is telling me to make cauliflower soup. This is the ninth recipe I've seen in the past several months! Yours sounds wonderful! I love that you didn't feel the need to add cream, just my style!!

Faith said...

This sounds really delicious! I love the silky smooth texture of pureed cauliflower...I completely agree, no cream needed with this gorgeous soup!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I have to get that cookbook! It is on my list... and then we could do some baking days together... "the V club!"... I love that about cauliflower. Cream is not needed, but it is not so easy to make a lovely tasting cauliflower soup. I look forward to the possibility of getting this book as a gift. If not, I will gift it to myself in January!
wink wink!
:)
Valerie

Design Wine and Dine said...

I love this soup! Simple, healthy and perfect! I think I need her cook too. Tis the season! :)

3 hungry tummies said...

Lovely soup without the cream...we are on a diet so this is just perfect!

kitchen flavours said...

I have always wanted to make cauliflower soup, but never got round to it. Yours looks delicious, would love to have a bowl of this. I have a couple of awards over at my blog. Please do drop by to pick them up when you can. Have a nice day!

My Little Space said...

It's a comforting soup for everyone! Hope you're enjoying the day, Velva.
Blessings, Kristy

The Japanese Redneck said...

Nice looking soup. I bet that's a great CB.

From the Kitchen said...

Velva: This looks delicious and we love cauliflower! I'm thinking I need to definitely put Dorie's new book on my Christmas list.

Best,
Bonnie

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Un magnifique velouté! Si raffiné.

J'adore Dorie.

Bises et bon lundi,

Rosa

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks delightful and might even convince my boyfriend he likes cauliflower :) After seeing so many blog posts, I put Dorie Greenspan's cookbook on my Christmas list and I'm crossing my fingers for it :) :)

Sues

Kim said...

So glad to hear that you received a copy of Dorie's newest book. It really is a treasure trove of pretty pictures and recipes. Can't wait to try this recipe as part of the ffwd group. Looks delicious.

Raina said...

I have seen cauliflower soup but never tried it. Yours looks healthy and delicious. Perfect thing for a cold, winter day:)

5 Star Foodie said...

You cauliflower soup looks amazing, so creamy and delicious! I adore this serving bowl, so neat!

Chow and Chatter said...

lovely soup velva :-) will share

Claudia said...

I just bought .... errr invested in Dorie's book and want to make it all. But I shall start with this - I do love my sooup. Especially creamless ones! Looks so warm and welcoming.

smalltownoven said...

Dorie most certainly knows what she's doing in the kitchen! Beautiful soup!

Susi said...

I love soup and I love cauliflower! This recipe sounds like a winner in my book :o)

Danielle said...

i love the sound of this!

Hungry Dog said...

I want this soup and I want that cookbook!!

LindyLouMac said...

Cauliflower soup is good but the bowl is even better, love it.

Chris said...

But....but....I LIKE cream. (sniff sniff)

I know what you mean, seems like everyone has had this book except you and me. Well now just me.

Sommer J said...

Bookmarked too!! Mmmmm

weirdcombos said...

that looks delicious. i love cauliflower
thanks for sharing!
heguiberto

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