Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan Croutons


We had our first snowfall in Wisconsin yesterday.  Nothing measurable in the Milwaukee area, but some western parts of the state set a record for early snowfall.  Here, it's just plain cold.

Here is a simple and very satisfying cauliflower soup that was inspired by a recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I've lightened the fat content and increased the veggies. I also decided to top it with some homemade Parmesan Croutons.  It was delicious!


Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan Croutons
Inspired by The Pioneer Woman
Printable Recipe

I liked the Pioneer Woman's recipe but lightened it by using less butter, fat free milk and no cream. I also added more carrots and celery and topped it with my Parmesan Croutons.

5 tablespoons of butter, divided
1/2 large onion, diced
3 Carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 huge head (or 2 small heads) of cauliflower, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 quarts sodium free chicken stock (I like Kitchen Basis brand)
3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
2 cups skim milk
1-2 teaspoons salt, to taste
1/2-1 teaspoon pepper, to taste

Parmesan Croutons (Recipe Below)

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes, or until it begins to turn golden, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots and celery and cook an 5-10 minutes. Add cauliflower and parsley and stir to combine. Cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour in chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add the flour and whisk until blended. When it starts to bubble, add the milk slowing while whisking constantly until thickened. Keep stirring until thickened, which should take a few minutes. Add the mixture to the simmering soup and allow to simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Check seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary.

Ladle in bowls and top with Parmesan croutons.

Parmesan Croutons

French, Italian or Country-Style Bread
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Take a few slices of good French, Italian or Country Style bread and spread a little olive oil on each side using a basting brush. Sprinkle each slice with freshly ground pepper on each side. Cut the slices of bread into cubes and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven and bake until just golden, about 10-12 minutes.

Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the croutons and return to oven until cheese is just barely melted.

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55 comments:

  1. Yum, on a chilly autumn night there's nothing better than soup! This sounds amazing!
    kathy

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  2. I love this dear!! I love soup and cauliflowers!! gloria

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  3. I love cauliflower soup, this sounds good! You can take it to work and not have to worry about green between your teeth:@)

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  4. I have never tasted cauliflower soup but I do like this veggie. I like your lighter version ~ it looks delicious!

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  5. Sounds perfectly wonderful! I love soups with lots of veggies...makes it feel more healthy.

    xo
    Pat

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  6. Sounds perfectly wonderful! I love soups with lots of veggies...makes it feel more healthy.

    xo
    Pat

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  7. Sounds good. I have had cauliflower cooked before that was very good and some not so much. Don't know what was done different as I have never cooked it myself. Pretty chilly here today - cold wind. I am just NOT ready for Winter.

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  8. I dearly love cauliflower but unfortunately DH does not like it so much???? This will be cataloged for a lunch soup for my friends. They would love this recipe and I know I would love it. I have her book and I like the changes you made.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  9. Perfect for a Fall day! I have all the ingredients already, I think I'll make it Saturday!
    -Lynn

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  10. Looks delicious and perfect for the cold weather. Nice that you lightened it, adding this one to the try list!

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  11. Definitely soup season! I could eat it every night along with some homemade bread. This is such a great way to enjoy cauliflower. I have never made soup with it, but we will have to try.

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  12. Found you at Foodie Friday and I'm glad I did. This soup sounds fabulous and I love that you reduced the fat and increased the veggies. I'm definitely making this but will substitute veggie stock for the chicken stock since I'm vegetarian. I too like to top my soup with homemade croutons. Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower.

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  13. I am not sure if I've ever had cauliflower soup. I love that you made the lighter version. The croutons look so delicious.

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  14. Sounds great! I've been looking for new cauliflower recipes! Thanks!

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  15. I'm a soup person, Susan, and I like this lightened version of cauiflower soup very much!

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  16. I can't remember the last time I tried cauliflower. Looks delicious though so I may have to try is again soon.

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  17. this sounds amazing Susan, I love cauliflower in any way,I think I'll make it soon, have a good weekend, warm hugs....

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  18. What an intriguing soup. I love the addition of what is essentially a white sauce at the end. This is odd but rather nice. Must have made it nice and thick and chowder-like. Cauliflower is a great soup ingredient. I make a mean cauliflower cheese soup! I also ADORE your enamel soup bowls!!!

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  19. What a soothing and tasty soup! I am going to make some croutons ;-)) Thanks for sharing, Susan.

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  20. Susan, you had me at the photo ;o) I love how the purple cloth looks with the Mackenzie-Childs enamelware. I would love to eat soup out of the adorable enamel soup bowl. It's almost soup time here too!

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  21. Pretty nice for a plain soup; cauliflower, one of my favourite. Love those croutons on top. Very cold here,but now snow yet.
    Merci
    Rita

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  22. This sounds delicious especially with your Parmesan croutons!

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  23. What a perfect winter meal!

    Thank you so very much for your visit to Metis.

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  24. I'm always looking for a new soup recipe. This looks delicious. Can't wait to try it!

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  25. There is nothing like a bowl of soup to take the chill off on these cold days...this looks yummy, Susan.

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  26. I love your presentation..what a cute bowl and of course I have always loved you MC plates..

    Thank you for your recipe..we are huge soup fans:) Not to mention croutons..

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  27. I'm a take-it-or-leave-it cauliflower person, but I believe I'd really enjoy this soup. Sounds like soup season is in full swing in your area.

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  28. Nice looking cauliflower soup! What great comfort food!

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  29. What a lovely looking soup, and beautifully presented...I love all things white...and food is one of those things, just like its taste.
    Ronelle

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  30. Susan, there's nothing more comforting than a bowl of healthy, light soup that looks like it's packing a million calories per serving.

    And that's important, since we eat with our eyes first. But when you get both—looks and taste—then, you have a winner!

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  31. I love cauliflower, but have never made it into soup! I certainly will after reading your recipe & especially with the Parmesan croutons!! YUM!!!! p.s. I'm making the roasted butternut squash for dinner toight.

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  32. Yumyum! Especially as a warm soup to comfort those who are cold~ wow! here in TExas it is sunny and the weather is spring-like.

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  33. I sure wish I had a bowl of this right now!!! The only thing I like about this time of year are the soups I tend to have more of...

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  34. I love love soup on a cold Autumn day! This one looks sooo delicious. Oh my, can I have a bowl to warm my soul? lol!
    Have a great weekend...Love you! Loretta

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  35. My husband will love this & and me! :-)
    Thank you for a great recipe, I can't wait to make it!

    Happy weekend!

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  36. Snow already? Oh boy...this soup would comes in handy to warm the tummy. :) It looks divine and I can use a bowl right now. :P

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  37. I came super close to putting this on my menu this week but was deterred by all teh heavy cream. I love this lightened up version!

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  38. Soup is one of my favourite comfort foods. When I look out the window to see our first snowfall this morning I know what I'll be doing one of these days= making soup! I'm looking forward to trying this recipe - thanks!

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  39. Oh, MY! How perfectly timely. I have a gorgeous flawless cauliflower in my fridge right now and was going to go recipe hunting later tonight for tomorrow's dinner. This will definitely be it. It looks wonderful.
    Just back from Italy, newly retired, and hoping to not miss anymore of your wonderful posts!
    :)
    V

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  40. This looks so delicious! Parmesan croutons sounds so perfect together! I have never tried any of Pioneer Woman's recipes but have seen many good reviews. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. I'm not ready for snow just yet! I love that you've lightened up this soup- it looks really good. Soup is perfect for the chilly evenings we've been having. :)

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  42. How do you think this would work with broccoli instead of cauliflower? My husband randomly doesn't like cauliflower but loves broccoli (I think it's all in his head but whatever). But I'm loving the whole idea of this soup.

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  43. Hello, and thank you all for your comments, again!

    Food Jaunts, I haven't tried the recipe with broccoli, but I think it would work just fine.

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  44. Just made creamed cauliflower last night..I love being able to get a great big head of cauliflower at this time of year from the farmers market...will try the soup next week!

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  45. I can't wait to make your wonderful soup, we will just love it. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

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  46. What a fabulous soup - can't wait to try it - looks so comforting and healthy!
    mary x

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  47. it looks delicious even I have never tasted cauliflower soup! kisses

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  48. Your cauliflower soup looks beautiful. I love soups all year, and especially when the weather becomes cooler. This soup is a great way to put a cool weather seasonal vegetable, like cauliflower to good use. Awesome.

    Velva

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  49. Hi Susan, That cauliflower soup looks absolutely scrumptious!Perfect for cool weather :)Have a wonderful day!

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  50. Brrr! I don't envy you...winter is starting early up there. Your cauliflower soup sounds like just the ticket to warm you up. I don't make a lot of soups anymore and when I do, I make individual portions and freeze. I think that would work well with this recipe, Susan.

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  51. Perfect day for soup today. I made cauliflower soup last week. DH won't eat it, but I love it.
    Beautiful presentation, love the bowl, :)

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  52. That looks so yummy, especially with the weather we are having outside right now...I love stuff like this when it's cold outside!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Dana
    http://completingourfamily4.blogspot.com

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  53. ¡Qué bella propuesta! abrazos y abrazos.

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