Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Cauliflower Cheese Soup
I think we can all agree that winter is finally here and that means two things - 1) everyone moans about the weather and 2) my blog gets more hits as everyone rather sensibly says 'ya know what, now the nights are drawing in, I need some soup, tasty and comforting, to take my mind off the rain and the fact that I can't afford to put the heating on any more...
And like some kind of soup supplying fairy, I can make that wish come true! And there can be few better and more comforting soups than this cauliflower cheese recipe.
One of the things that we did here at soup HQ over the summer was convert the patch of weeds behind the house into a vegetable garden. Being that I was our first year of properly flexing our green fingers, the garden more or less resembled the patch of weeds it had previously been, but with some brave veggies poking their way through the canopy of bind weed (next yearm I shall be more prepared for just how much work even a small veg patch can be to maintain)
Amongst the things that did grow really well were cauliflowers. I love caulis and ours were turned into all manner of tasty dishes (gobi aloo being my favourite) but I realised that not a single one had been soup-ified. That was quickly rectified with the last two being added to this recipe. The stronger the cheddar the better when making the soup, and if you feel like you need some meat in the dish, garnish with some crispy bacon bits, although the soup works fine without them.
Next year, I'll be growing lots more stuff - if anyone has any suggestions for their favourite veg to , grow, especially ones that are fairly idiot proof and grow anywhere, Id love to hear from you...
2 Stalks Celery
1 Large Potato
2 Cloves Garlic
150g Mature Cheddar Cheese
800ml Vegetable Stock
2 Sprigs Thyme
1 Tbsp English Mustard
1. Peel and slice the carrot, potato, onion and garlic, chop the celery and cut the cauliflower into florets
2. In your soup pan, heat the butter and then gently fry the carrots, onion, garlic and celery until it starts to soften.
3. Add the cauliflower, potato, thyme, mustard and stock, bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is softened
4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the soup to cool
5. Blend until smooth, then return to the pan
6. Add the milk and cheese and bring to a simmer again. Adjust seasoning to taste and then serve
7. Garnish with some more grated cheddar and some crispy bacon bits