Chameleon Cauliflower Soup

November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is like the tee shirt and jeans of soups.  Clean, classic, and adaptable.  Throw in some curry to cozy it up, or dried herbs for a specific flavor pairing, or excessive amounts of garlic when you need a boost of health.  I love letting my mind wonder to the ends of the flavor spectrum.  I might want to add cinnamon and raisins next time.  But first I want to roast the vegetables to awaken their glorious hidden candied glory transforming this into the sexiest teeshirt and jean soup ever.

Chameleon Cauliflower Soup
Thank you Heidi Swanson and your book Super Natural Cooking for the inspiration.

1 1/2 pounds cauliflowerchopped (about 3/4 of a large head)
2 small cooking onions chopped
3-5 cloves garlic chopped(depending on the size)
1 apple chopped(I used Barnard’s Orchard’s staymen variety)
1/2 cup tofu chopped (or potato chopped, which I did not have)
1 teaspoon red chili pepper
5 cups vegetable broth
Cashew cream
(recipe included) or heavy cream
olive oil
Salt

Dress it up
Flavored olive oil (truffle)
Hot paprika
Grated parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a large pot, add the onions, chili peppers, and garlic.  After five minutes or so the onion will become translucent and the scent will become decadent.  Now throw in the cauliflower, apples, tofu or potato, and a healthy amount of salt.  It is best to add the salt and spices at the beginning rather than waiting until everything has cooked so that all of the flavors become one pot of lusciousness.  Once everything the flavors have sufficiently melded, about 5 minutes add the broth or stock and simmer the everything for about 15 or 20 minutes.  The soup is ready to be blended once the cauliflower is tender.  Use a hand blender for maximum convenience.  Remove the pot from the heat and puree with the blender until smooth.  I like texture so I don’t strain the soup further but it would probably be great silk smooth.

Ladle into bowls and top with the cream, olive oil, and paprika.  Dunk some crunchy bread into the goodness and enjoy.

Eat Happily.

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