Several years ago, I tasted (and devoured) a spicy cauliflower soup at a small restaurant in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After years of trying (unsuccessfully) to duplicate (or acquire) the recipe, I finally used a combination of different recipes with my own preferences and managed to create a great tasting cauliflower soup. It has some spice to it but I did not just want another bland boring creamy soup. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did! I know I have not been blogging and I apologize. Real life has been very busy as I am pursuing my masters degree and have very little free time, if any. Will continue to try and share my favorite epicurean creations
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 whole onion, finely diced
1 whole carrot, finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 whole cauliflower head, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon dried chile flakes
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 heavy cream
- In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for a few minutes.
- Add the cauliflower and all the spices - cumin, chile powder, chile flakes, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, and tumeric; stir to combine. Add more olive oil if necessary.
- Cover and cook over very low heat for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir.
- Add the stock and heavy cream. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil while stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until cauliflower is tender and cooked through; about 25-30 minutes.
- If you have a hand held immersion blender you can use it to make the soup as smooth as you like or leave it chunky if you like. I usually quickly blend it but leave some of the cauliflower pieces for texture.
- Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if desired. You can serve with some grated cheddar cheese if desired.