Cauliflower Cheese Soup

It’s National Veggie Month! So I thought I would share an old recipe that I tried for cauliflower cheese soup.

Now cauliflower cheese is often served as a side dish, but for mum and I that’s a quick and easy meal on a week night. Cook some cauliflower, make some cheese sauce, drizzle it over and hey presto. So when we came across this recipe by Davina McCall, we just had to try it. It’s not really a dish my dad would like, so we waited for him be out at skittles and got on with it.

We did make a few tiny adjustments. We left out the garlic because my mum reckons it’s not always needed and we left out the mustard due to the fact I’m not keen on it (although it’s been in some recipes I’ve tried since, so I might be tempted to leave it in next time).

We’ve had a cauliflower cheese soup before at a lovely café in Torcross called Sea Breeze and I wouldn’t say that this one was better than that, but it certainly was delicious and a very close second. What I will say though, is if you like a strong cheese flavour you may need to add in a bit extra.

So if you fancy giving it a go, the recipe is below.

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Cauliflower Cheese Soup – serves 2

Ingredients:

10g butter

1 onion (I always use red as it’s not as strong as white onions)

400g cauliflower florets

40g grated cheese

½ litre of vegetable stock

Salt and white pepper to season

Sprinkling of grated cheese for the topping

How to…

Chop the red onion and grate the cheese

Put the butter in the saucepan on the hob to melt

Add the onion and the cauliflower florets and put the lid on and leave on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

Then add the vegetable stock, salt and white pepper to season and leave the lid off while it simmers for 15 minutes

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Add the cheese, stirring till it has all melted in

Take it off the heat and allow to cool down slightly, then using a stick blender, blend the ingredients into a smooth soup mixture

Once blended, put it back on the hob for a few minutes on a low heat to warm it through

Then serve in bowls with two slices of bread on the side and sprinkle some grated cheese in the centre of the soup

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