Thursday, October 11, 2012

Autumny Cauliflower Soup

I woke up early today to get my house ready for babysitting a 10 month old.  After unplugging all the plugs, barricading the plants and breakables, and vacuuming up all the swallowable debris.  I deemed the house sufficiently baby ready and ended up with a little time to spare.  I probably should have used that time to do some sort of exercise or read scriptures, but instead I decided it was going to be soup making day.  The weather here is beginning to turn into a crisp chilliness that makes you crave soup, hot apple cider, and candles that smell like cinnamon. So I took a peek in my fridge and saw that I had two heads of cauliflower that needed to be used in......soup!

So here is what I came up with, and I must say it is the best darn cauliflower soup I have ever tasted.

1 T. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into large chunks
1/2-3/4 c. white wine
4 c. vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, or 1 tsp.dry
1/2 t. fresh ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

*for 8 servings
Start off heating the olive oil in a large pot over high heat.  Add in the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are softened, stirring often so they don't brown (about 5-10 mins).  Once, onions are soft and you can smell the garlic, deglaze the pot with the white wine and then let it reduce to cook out the alcohol, make sure to scrape up the good bits at the bottom of the pan.  When the wine has cooked down, add in the rest of the ingredients and turn the heat down to med-low.  Simmer for 30-45 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.  Pull out the bay leaf and the stick from the rosemary (the leaves will have fallen off unto the soup) and transfer to a blender.  Blend that yumminess until it is velvety smooth.  

There you have it.  This is basically the easiest soup recipe ever.  The final product is thick and creamy and warms you right up on a chilly day.  I love how rich and creamy this soup tastes without having to worry about the calories you would normally get from a cream-based soup.  I hope you try it out and love it.  

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