Really, it’s good.
But don’t just take my word for it. Make up a batch of this super healthy, savory soup. And if you need further convincing to try out this oft-overlooked cruciferous vegetable, read what my favorite health care practitioner, Dr. Ulery at Whole Body Health, has to say about cauliflower. Who couldn’t use a little stress-busting vitamin B?
Husband and two of the Littles like this soup. I make it spicy with heat from a heaping teaspoon of red pepper flakes, so adjust accordingly. I’ve served the soup as a vegetarian entree with a simple salad and as a warm and hearty side dish for grilled salmon. But my favorite is the satisfying lunch I enjoy for a day or two with the leftovers.
You’ll need an immersion blender for this recipe. If you don’t have one a regular blender will work, but be careful to let the soup cool before you process! Hot liquid will explode when you blend it. After the soup has cooled a bit, blend it until the large pieces of cauliflower disappear and the soup is a thick consistency. Re-heat to serve.
2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (Go easy if you can’t stand the heat! I use a full teaspoon, but cut it in half so you don’t hate me.)
1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
4 cups vegetable stock
2 TBSP flaxseed and/or hempseed (optional, but great if you are in the habit of adding the omega rich seeds when cooking)
salt & pepper
2 TBSP parmesan cheese, grated
Tools: Immersion Blender or Blender
In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cauliflower, and red pepper flakes. Stir until the cauliflower begins to tender, about 5 – 10 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and simmer until the cauliflower is soft. Remove from heat, add the flax and/or hempseed, salt and pepper. With an immersion blender, process the cauliflower until the soup is thick and there are no large remaining pieces of cauliflower.
Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with parmesan cheese.
A votre sante!