Silky Cauliflower Soup

cauliflower 1 3.3.14Once I decided that I’d like to use cauliflower in my next three posts, I immediately thought of this soup. I have made it several times in the past, and it never disappoints.

It comes from a Food & Wine issue from several years ago, and, just like its name, it really does have a silky texture. I’ve adapted minimally, using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, dried thyme instead of fresh, already ground nutmeg instead of freshly ground.

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • One 2-pound head of cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf (I used 2 small)
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a soup pot, I melted the butter over a medium-low heat. In the time it took the butter to melt, I had chopped the onion and shallot, and sliced the garlic cloves. Added that in.

While they softened and the butter came to a quiet simmer, I chopped the cauliflower into medium-sized florets. Added those to the onion, shallot and garlic, along with the teaspoon of thyme and the two small bay leaves. Put a lid on to allow the cauliflower to begin to soften, about five minutes. Then added the broth and water, seasoned with salt and pepper, brought to a boil and reduced to a simmer. Simmered til cauliflower was fork-tender, maybe up to 30 minutes.

Discarded the bay leaves. Pureed with a stick blender. Checked seasoning again, then added the nutmeg.

cauliflower 2 3.3The herbs and nutmeg lent a warmth to the soup. And, though the butter added a slight richness, most of the creaminess came from the cauliflower, making it an unexpectedly light soup.

Simple…and elegant.

Which is why I decided to pull out my grandmother’s gold-rimmed bowl to serve from!

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2 thoughts on “Silky Cauliflower Soup

  1. This is my dinner tonight! Love the bowl – I have a cake plate and dessert plates that match. My grandmother was given them as a wedding gift. I’ll have to get them out.

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