It is fall and it is the perfect time for soup.  Don’t you agree?  I love soup.  It is so warming.  I had picked up some cauliflower intending to roast it. Actually, intending to roast it and mix it with buffalo sauce for a snack.  Have you seen buffalo cauliflower?  I have only recently seen it in one or twice and thought it was so cool.  I thought it would make a great after dinner snack.  Something flavorful, filling without being real fattening.

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

This soup recipe, again, is an adapt as you go recipe.  It was Sunday, the cauliflower was supposed to be for Monday night.  I am in the kitchen and I want to make something.  The weather is turning colder.  I have some cheddar cheese in the fridge that should be used and I have a whole bunch of beer in the outside fridge that has been sitting there for a long time.  Beer.  Cheese.  Cauliflower.  Those three things go together. Don’t they?  Yes they do.

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

The mother of all invention?  Throw all the ingredients in the pot and see what you come up with.  It may not have been exactly like that but the concept is right on.  Some of your best ideas are sitting in your fridge right now and also on your counter.  That’s right.  I had some crusty bread leftover from another recipe and meal from the weekend of the Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup.  Croutons would be the perfect topping for this soup. Cut up the bread.  Drizzle with some olive oil and salt and throw it in the oven.  How resourceful.

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Serves 6
A soup made of cauliflower, beer and cheddar cheese.


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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
35 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
35 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1 medium carrot, chopped
  4. 1 medium celery rib, chopped
  5. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  6. 2 teaspoons Salt, divided
  7. 2 teaspoons black pepper, divided
  8. 1 head cauliflower, cored and chopped
  9. 2 12-ounce bottles dark beer
  10. 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  13. 1 tablespoon sweet & spicy mustard
  14. 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  15. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  16. Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Put the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Once warm, add the onion, carrot, celery and some salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic in after 3 minutes of cooking the mirepoix.
  4. Add the cauliflower, beer, stock, bay leaf and cayenne.
  5. Bring to a boil, then adjust the heat so the mixture bubbles only slightly.
  6. Cover and cook until the cauliflower is good and tender – about 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  8. Purée the soup in batches in a blender until smooth.
  9. Return to the pot.
  10. Stir in the mustard and remaining salt and pepper.
  11. In a bowl, toss together the cheddar cheese and cornstarch together and mix well.
  12. Add the cheese mixture to the soup a handful at a time, stirring all the while, until it’s well incorporated and the soup is smooth.
  13. Serve hot, garnished with the parsley.
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The cast of characters.

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

The mirepoix in the pot followed by the cauliflower and the stock and spices.

Mirepoix in Stock Pot

Mirepoix in Stock Pot

Cauliflower Added

Cauliflower Added

Stock, Spices & Bay Leaf Added

Stock, Spices & Bay Leaf Added

After the cauliflower softens, it is put into the blender in batches and then returned to the stock pot.

In Blender

In Blender

Added Back in Pot

Added Back in Pot

More spice added, and then, the cheese.

Spices Added

Spices Added

Cheese & Corn Strach

Cheese & Corn Strach

Cheese Added to Soup

Cheese Added to Soup

The Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup plated.

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup Plated