We had this for dinner a while ago, weeks actually. When we still had to wear a hat and gloves outside, here in DC. Yesterday (Monday) it was beautiful outside: 70’s, sunny and gorgeous! But this soup is great during the rain (or thunderstorm), so it’s not just a winter meal. Sometimes so many recipes come out just right, that there is a waiting line for new posts, which is why I’m only posting this now. Other weeks, it’s trial and error in this kitchen.
Photographing this soup was a little difficult- it’s a little bland in color. In contrast to a beautiful orange of butternut squash, this is definitely a little dimmer. But sometimes the quiet, comforting soup is what everyone needs on a chilly, wintery night or a rainy day.
But it’s a delicious soup (as always), and very easy to make. To make things simpler (and cheaper), I used frozen cauliflower rather than fresh. But if the fresh cauliflower sounds more delicious, go for it! It was just nice to throw everything in and let it cook, puree a little, and sprinkle with croutons. This is a perfect weeknight soup that takes less than 40 minutes, and half of that time you can spend doing laundry/cleaning up the kitchen/watching TV/etc. If leeks aren’t your thing, or you don’t have any, a great substitute is an onion- gets the job done.
Cauliflower Soup with Croutons
Adapted from: The Wednesday Chef
1 leek, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
1 lb frozen cauliflower
2 cups water
2 tsp salt
juice from 1 lemon
1/4 cup half ‘n half
handful of croutons
Heat the olive oil in a pot. Add the chopped leeks, and saute until they are cooked and wilted, about 5-7 minutes. Then add the frozen cauliflower, cook for about 3-5 minutes. Once defrosted, add the water. It’ll be about 2 cups- or enough to cover the vegetables. Bring the water to a boil, cover and lower the heat, simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, pour the soup into a blender or food processor. Add half and half. Then puree until smooth, or whatever consistency you’d like- it can be thicker or thinner. Add the lemon juice, stir. Pour into bowls, top with croutons.