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Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup

This is one of those recipes that I’m going to tell you if you think you don’t like cauliflower: TRY AGAIN. That’s right. No wimping out on this one. This Creamy Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup is incredible. In fact, if you have someone who’s a cauliflower hater in your home you might try calling this “Garlic Soup,” instead. You won’t notice any unpleasant flavors from the cauliflower, just added nutrition benefits from the vegetables.

Unlike other Cream of Cauliflower soup recipes, the flavor of this soup recipe is greatly enhanced with the rich, subtle flavor of roasted garlic.  Roasting the garlic and cauliflower adds a deep, earthiness and a richness that doesn’t necessarily come from heavy calories.

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One thing that I really love about cauliflower is that it seems to last for quite a while in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. The first time I made this soup I used a head that I had sitting around for – and I am not kidding – at least 2 weeks.

Cauliflower was on sale at the grocery store and I picked one up thinking it’d be good to have on hand for snacking or a vegetable side dish one night (related: Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes). But it sat there, and sat there, and sat there. Until one day I was really pressed with what to have for dinner.

I had garlic soup on the brain that night but after one look at the still fresh head of cauliflower in the fridge my plans morphed into a little something else.

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Besides being a this Garlic and Cauliflower Soup being full flavored on it’s own, I think this richly flavored recipe could be a wonderful base for other creations as well, much like this Potato Leek Soup.

In fact, next time I prepare this I am going to experiment with that. But for now, I think it is plenty tasty with a sprinkling of bacon and a slice of crusty bread for dipping. Try this Light Whole Wheat Baguette on for size.

cream of roasted garlic and cauliflower soup

Creamy Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Unlike other Cream of Cauliflower the flavor of this soup recipe is greatly enhanced with the rich, subtle flavor of roasted.  Roasting the garlic and cauliflower adds a deep, earthiness and a richness that doesn’t necessarily come from heavy calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole head cauliflower
  • 1 large whole head garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, plus up to 2 more as needed for desired consistency
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 3 ounces cooked and crumbled bacon
  • additional oil for serving - olive oil or truffle oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut cauliflower into individual florets. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the top off of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap with foil. Place wrapped garlic on the baking sheet. Roast the cauliflower and garlic at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. When the cauliflower is tender and golden remove from the oven.
  4. The garlic will need to roast for a total of about 25-30 minutes. You can remove it to check it's progress as needed - it should smell fragrant but not raw, be golden and tender.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a cast iron dutch oven or medium-large stockpot. Add the onion, celery, and carrot. Saute over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Whisk in the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and flour and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add the wine and water, whisking to combine with the flour mixture. Then, slowly add in the 2 cups broth. Add the bay leave and roasted garlic cloves. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf. Working in batches, add the soup to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed and smooth. Add additional broth during or after blending to achieve desired consistency. After all the batches have been completed, return to the pot. Stir in the half and half and parsley. Cook until just heated through. Adjust salt and pepper for tastes.
  8. Serve immediately, topped with bacon and a drizzle of olive or truffle oil and a side of bread for dipping.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 321Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 66mgSodium 611mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 18g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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jess

Monday 19th of September 2016

Hi, I'm about to make this and I'm a little confused with one ingredient that says 1/3 cup half and half. What's half and half, I'm not sure if I'm missing something. Thanks

Katie

Monday 19th of September 2016

You can find it near the cream in the grocery store. It is half milk and half cream.

John Ptacek

Sunday 3rd of November 2013

Loved the soup, thanks. I tossed in a cup of grated sharp cheddar at the end for kicks. It worked.

Thanks again.

John

Ken

Sunday 17th of February 2013

Do you have any nutrional information? I am trying to track my intakes.

Thank you.

Katie

Sunday 17th of February 2013

I do not, but there are many website where you can input the ingredients and serving number and it will calculate that information for you.

Ali

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

My VERY picky 4 year old proclaimed that I should make this everyday after I made it last night. He freaked out when I added the garlic but then he ate 2 BIG bowl-fuls. I added a little of the Boursin style cheese to mine too. It was so good - defiantly a keeper. Posting it now.

Nat Power

Monday 25th of June 2012

I made a vegetarian version using chicken style stock, Massel brand. I also didn't quite have enough cauli so I added half a head of broccoli to the carrot onion mix which worked well. I don't think I got the flour section right because I used rice flour and it's not a thickener which I think was the purpose of the flour. DIdn't have parsley so I substituted coriander/cilantro. great soup for the middle of winter.