Backstory: Last week my husband had 2 of his wisdom teeth pulled (ouch!- he amazingly didn't have any pain or anything) but he had to eat soft foods for a few days. What that meant for us: no steak dinner for Valentines dinner. I wanted to make something good, special, yummy. - I found a recipe for Cheesy Cauliflower soup from the Pioneer Woman. I gave it a shot- kind of. I adjusted it for us. (skipped on some of the ingredients, added others, I'm sure her's is incredible. SOUNDS so yummy. )
As usual, i didn't do alot of measuring alot of 'taste, add this, ok stir, warm it, ok add a little of this, and that.'...
Hubby got in the kitchen and helped me a bit (so nice to work together on Valentines day on making a nice soup!)
Ingredients: 1/2 of a white onion- Finely diced 1 head of Cauliflower (broken into small Flores) 1/2 teaspoon of cajun spice (+ a little extra for taste 2 quarts of low sodium chicken broth 1/2 stick of butter milk (your choice) Grated cheese (your choice) Minced Parsley (for garnish) salt as needed
What I did: Warm large pot on medium. While it was warming I chopped up 1/2 of an onion (chop it finely) Hubby also was working on chopping up the cauliflower.
I cooked the onions over medium/high heat for a few min (3-4 min?) We added all of the cauliflower and sprinked in Cajun seasoning (Pioneer woman called for pepper too- but i figured that the cajun seasoning had plenty of peppery seasoning... so i skipped the additional pepper.) I let the cauliflower and onions cook together for a few minutes, until the cauliflower started turning golden brown. (I didn't time it... maybe 5 min or so?) I added the chicken broth, stirred it all together, and let it all cook for about 15 min. After that, blend it all in a blender (careful not to overfill the blender!) -We basically pureed it all, since hubby couldn't eat solid foods. it was wonderful! - but if you don't want it pureed- then don't blend it all the way... use your own discretion. put the soup back into the pot. Taste the soup!- make sure it doesn't need any other seasoning... I tasted the soup at this point, and thought it was delicious (if you don't want to mess with the sauce, you don't have to... but it does add a little 'creamy' type of texture to it. :) )in a separate saucepan (or skillet) melt the butter, sprinkle in some flour and whisk to form a paste, then add milk until it's thick.I added milk and flour a little at a time until I got the 'right' consistency for a sauce.
Add the white sauce to the sauce in the pot and stir. turn the heat to med/high bring to a boil for a few min. (at this point is where Pioneer woman added a lot of cheese, bacon and parsley. I skipped over that.---) ladle into bowls.
Add a topping of cheese and parsley to each bowl. (I used grated cheddar cheese)
I warmed up some bread (hubby managed to soak his in the soup and eat :) It was so good. I will be making it again in the future. :)