Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Savoury Drizzle

Cauliflower and potatoes provide creaminess while a lemony drizzle embellishes the flavours. Serve with rye or pumpkin-seeded bread. Havarti can be replaced with other cheese such as Monterey Jack or mild cheddar. Use vegetable broth and the soup becomes vegetarian.

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Savoury Drizzle

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • SOUP

  • ¾ to 1

    cup (175 to 250 mL) diced onion

  • 1

    large stalk celery, diced

  • 6

    cups (1.5 L) small cauliflower florets

  • 3

    cups (750 mL) peeled and diced potatoes

  • 1

    tbsp (15 mL) each of olive oil and butter

  • 1

    large clove garlic, minced

  • 1

    box (900 mL) chicken broth

  • GARNISH

  • 2

    tbsp (30 mL) olive oil

  • 1

    tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1

    small clove garlic, minced

  • tsp (7 mL) paprika, freshly purchased for best colour and flavour

  • 1

    cup (250 mL) cold shredded havarti cheese, with caraway seed or plain

  • 2

    tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley

Directions

1 Cut and measure all vegetables. Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and garlic; stir and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are partially cooked. Add cauliflower, potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 2 Meanwhile, stir olive oil with juice, garlic and paprika; let stand at room temperature. Toss cold cheese with parsley. 3 Using a slotted spoon, remove about half of the vegetables to a bowl. Purée remaining soup in a blender; return to pan. Add reserved vegetables. (Soup can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days; then reheat until hot.) Reheat soup over medium heat, stirring often, until very hot. If soup seems too thick, add additional broth or water as needed. 4 Ladle soup into warmed soup bowls. Add a heap of cheese in centre. Briskly stir paprika mixture with a tiny whisk or a fork to emulsify; decoratively drizzle on soup surface.


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