Creamy (no cream) Cauliflower Soup

12.07.2012



I like to be surprised in the good way I was with this soup. I don´t eat cauliflower much and when I do it´s usually roasted with spices. To make a soup with it was never on my list; I always had some other more interesting recipes to make. With more flavor and body.
I never would´ve tried it on my own, and I like to cook with groups, in this case French Fridays with Dorie, because of that. It happened with these brownies too. And I´m happy it will happen with many other recipes. Because it will.



It´s a simple recipe. A tablespoon of butter and another of oil. Add some onions, celery, garlic and thyme. Cook until quite softened. Add cauliflower and stock and cook that until vegetables are very tender. Salt and pepper of course. Blend until completely creamy. That´s it.

The recipe is by Dorie Greenspan, from her book Around My French Table.
I had this soup all day yesterday. Lunch and dinner. The second time I added a bit of cayenne and leftover shredded chicken to it. 


It was a complicated day in this city. We has rain like we hadn´t seen in a long time, so some neighbourhoods were flooded. It happened to me once before, as I told in this post. And even though I try to sound a bit superficial about it, it is a tragedy. People died, homes were flooded.
That morning a container full of mercury, spilled in the port, creating a toxic cloud that spread around the city.
Then I saw a tv ad about the mayan calendar, the end of the world in a few weeks (the timing I know), and I wondered about all the natural disasters the whole world is experiencing in the last years. We are having a call from nature that is hard to ignore. And the need to help each other is absolute.


Back to the soup, the taste is a bit smoky and even faintly sweet, with a creamy texture. And it´s just veggies and broth, so it´s good for you, and your thighs. Perfect food for chilly, pre-holiday meals. 
Of course if you add a few more vegetables like pumpkin, carrots and spinach you will have the best vegetable soup. Add a poached egg on top of it and the meal is complete.

You can find the recipe here.




28 comments:

  1. I am very sorry to hear that your area is dealing with a huge blow from nature. Flooding is a horrible thing and it just wreaks havoc. Thinking of you.

    Your soup is lovely - and I am sure it was really nice with the shredded chicken.

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  2. Cayenne is a great addition to this one I think/ So sorry to hear about your area and the nasty blow Mother Nature is dealing. Sending hugs xo

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  3. I was surprised how much I loved this one, too. Just hearing about another earthquake in Japan...and now your flooding...glad you're OK, my friend.

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  4. This soup looks amazing Paula! I can't wait to try it... I love Cauliflower. So glad you are doing okay through this weather. Stay safe!

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  5. Paula, I'm with you not normally too excited about cauliflower. Beautiful picture...love the poached egg idea.

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  6. A beautiful, elegant soup, and it sounds like it was tasty too! Good to hear. It's nice to have something to lift your spirits when tragedy seems to be everywhere.

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  7. Great pics! I thought this one was actually pretty difficult to photograph, but you did a great job. This one surprised me too, it was simple but tasty.

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  8. LOVE cauliflower so always trying to find new ways to fix it. This was perfect. Your bowl is beautiful. As is the soup.

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  9. Oh Paula I'm so sorry that you are having such flooding! We are experiencing the exact opposite...drought. Its getting kind of scary actually. Mother Nature is so very unpredictable! Your soup looks gorgeous though. You did an excellent job of getting good photos of a soup that isn't very photogenic!

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  10. First, Paula, that was devastating news about the flooding in Buenos Aires. I copied your paragraph and sent it to everyone I traveled with in South America this Fall. We all loved Buenos Aires and did not spend enough time there. Yeah, this weather is wacky and the future predictions regarding global warming are not pretty. BUT, your soup is. I liked this soup also but I like almost anything that is good for my thighs. Your variations are new ones I hadn't thought about. This is lunch time fare for me also. "Keep Calm and Stay Dry" as the Brits would say. A holiday card is on its way to you.

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    1. I´ll be waiting eagerly for my card Mary, thanks!

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  11. Paula, sounds like you really enjoyed this Cauliflower Soup with a lot of variations! Hope you are staying safe and sound amidst all that flooding!

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  12. Oh Paula, So sorry about the flooding that is taking place in Buenos Aires. I’m not at all a fatalist but you have to wonder what’s going on with Mother Nature! It will be years before NJ gets over the hit we took!
    On to your soup, it looks so wonderfully creamy and delicious! I loved this one, too!!

    Stay safe and dry!

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  13. I love cauliflower soup! We make ours with saffron, and it is amazing! So creamy with no cream! I am so sorry about the flooding. It is so awful to have all this devastation... Yes, Mark's birthday is the day before the end of the Mayan calendar... He is worried! ~ David

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    1. Keep him distracted with some good food!!

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  14. Sorry to hear about the hardships in your area, but happy to hear that you like the soup. There's always a silver lining of some sort.

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  15. Lovely presentation of your Cauliflower soup. It was delicious. I believe this is one of my favorite recipes.

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  16. I love cauliflower so this soup sounds absolutely perfect. It is always nice to be pleasantly surprised by a recipe.

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  17. So sorry about the flooding and the hard times your city and country is going through. Stay safe and enjoy your beautiful cauliflower soup! Lovely picture and the plate is a work of art!!

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  18. Thanks all for the sweet comments! You´re an awesome group of people!

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  19. I love how white your soup looks! Easier to fool people into thinking it's potato!

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  20. Looks great! We liked it, too, and it was nice to have something light to eat in preparation for the heavy holiday eating.

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  21. So sorry to hear about how the forces of nature have affected you. Be safe. I love creamless cauliflower soup, so good and healthy.

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  22. Paula, absolutely beautiful!!! and I LOVE your soup bowl. It's so beautiful! and I LOVE Dorie. . I have this cookbook. . will def be looking for this recipe! :)

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  23. Is everything ok now or still flooding going on?

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  24. I could definitely use food that's good for my thighs! I'll eat more soup for lunch tomorrow!
    Mother Nature has been quite angry with us lately. I think it's time to pay attention. That said, I hope that things are getting back to normal in Buenos Aires, Paula.

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  25. So sorry about the flooding - the first year we moved here almost the entire town got washed away and it was really scary. I know how you feel. I love the idea of a poached egg on this. I didn't make it because I am not a cauliflower fan but all of your suggestions are making it really tempting.

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  26. I just read your post now. I hope things are improving there. It sounds like a terrible blow to your community.

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