Friday, January 18, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower Soup



  • This revised recipe comes from the January 2013 issue of cooking light. 

  • Ingredients

  • 8 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 large head)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Cooking spray 
  • 2 ounces pancetta

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided 
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion 
  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • cheddar cheese for topping

  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. 2. Place cauliflower in a large bowl; drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss to coat. Arrange mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 40 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring once after 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ham; cook 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove ham; drain on paper towels. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in pan. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cauliflower, stock, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in half-and-half. Place half of cauliflower mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; pour pureed soup into a bowl. Repeat with remaining cauliflower mixture. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. 4. Place torn bread in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until coarsely chopped. Melt remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a skillet over medium heat; swirl. Add breadcrumbs; sauté 5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Combine ham, breadcrumbs, parsley, and toasted almonds. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 2 1/2 tablespoons toasted breadcrumb mixture.


Notes:
I'm not a cauliflower fan but this soup was amazing. Adding the almonds, pancetta, and almonds made it more filling. This will go into our soup rotation.

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