Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup

Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup

If there’s a soup that you must try this Fall, please let this be it! This soup is equally as delicious, if not better, than broccoli cheese soup. I wouldn’t have thought it would be as good because cauliflower seems quite bland, but when you roast it in a blazing hot oven, it takes it to a whole new level. It seems to caramelize on the edges and bring a light sweetness to the soup. It was hard for me not to eat all of the roasted cauliflower before adding it to the soup, I love the stuff!

I loosely adapted the recipe for this from the Broccoli Cheese Soup I have posted (which is maybe why I feel they are both so amazing), but I did however make this one just a bit lower in fat. Since the cauliflower was able to offer some creaminess to the soup after pureeing, I didn’t need as much of the roux mixture (the butter and flour) and I also used a little less cheese. Nutrition wasn’t really in mind when I added the lesser amount of cheese though, I just wanted some of the roasted cauliflower flavor to really show through. Truthfully, you could leave the cheese out all together and still have an irresistibly tasty soup (and I won’t say that often about cheese, I’m a cheese fanatic).

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower (2 - 2 1/2 lb), cored and chopped into small, bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp dried parsley or 1 Tbsp chopped fresh
  • 1/4 tsp (slightly heaping) dried thyme or 1 tsp chopped fresh
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 oz shredded sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup), plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 oz finely grated parmesan cheese (slightly packed 1/4 cup)
Read the whole recipe on Cooking Classy