cauliflower cheese soup
cauliflower cheese soup

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

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January 5, 2017

Winter can bring some cold, dark days - perfect for whipping up warm, cozy meals. January is National Soup Month, and this creamy soup is a perfect way to honor the season.

Made with copious amounts of cauliflower and then blended with chicken broth and milk, this soup is packed with protein and great as a side or stand alone meal. Watch Becky Make this on Studio 5

Ingredients

2 lbs cauliflower (about 6-7 cups chopped)

1 can (14-oz) low sodium chicken broth, divided

½ cup chopped onion (more less to taste)

2 tablespoons butter

¼ cup flour

3 + cups half n half or whole milk, more if needed

½-1 teaspoon salt (season to taste)

8-10 ounces shredded sharp cheese (about 2 ½ -cups), divided (Cheddar works well)

1 tablespoon prepared mustard (prefer country style, Dijon)

Cooked bacon, sliced green onions, croutons, optional garnishes

Directions

Trim cauliflower and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in saucepan over medium heat with about 1-cup chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and steam for about 10 minutes or until tender.

Trim and chop onion. Using a 4-qt Dutch oven or saucepan, sauté in butter over medium heat until onion is translucent and begins to caramelize (about 10 minutes). If needed, add 1-2 tablespoons chicken broth to prevent scorching.

Stir flour into onions; gradually stir in remaining chicken broth and the half n half. Stirring frequently, bring to a boil, reduce heat and gently boil 1-2 minutes. Add cauliflower (and cooking liquid). Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in about ¾ the cheese and the mustard. If desired, thin to preferred consistency using additional milk. Serve garnished with remaining cheese and optional toppings.

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