Creamy Cauliflower Soup

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Have you ever made something that you actually have no idea what to call it? That happened with this creamy cauliflower soup. See, it’s not really a soup, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

If you can tell by the photo, it’s really thick. It’s like cauliflower chili without the beans or cauliflower stew. So what happens when you mix a soup and a stew? You get a stoup, which is what I’m going to call this moving forward. I mean, sporks exist, so why can’t stoups?

I’m going to diverge here for a moment from the topic at hand, but how many of you watched Hey Arnold as a kid? On Nickelodeon? Anyone remember the episode about the stoop kid who wouldn’t leave his stoop? And the kids would taunt him, “Stoop kids afraid to leave his stoop!” Anyone? Bueller? Well, whenever I make stoups, I think of the poor stoop kid and how much better his life would have been if he had a bowl of this while the kids were tormenting him.

Moving on from early 90′s Nickelodeon and back to this stoup, I have to tell you just how freakin’ easy it was to make. You simply roast cauliflower, garlic and onions for like 30 minutes. Then you throw that into a food processor, add some broth, a little cream and some cheese (I used goat) and pulse on low until it’s creamy. I had a variety of this soup at Six-One-Six during the Taste of Michigan and it was so incredible. I could have gotten mine as smooth as theirs but I love a little texture in my soups.

If you have a really nice blender, blend the soup in that for a really creamy finish. If you’re like me and love a thick stoup (that sounded gross and a little dirty), just pulse on low on your food processor. This is AMAZING paired with a piece of super crispy homemade bread. My friend Amy makes the prettiest baguettes so grab the recipe from her site and come back to pair it with this stoup. Or soup. Or stew. If you don’t care about titles, just call it what it is, creamy and damn right delicious.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (or Stoup)

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Serves about 5. Recipe adapted from Tastespotting.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • I head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup light or heavy cream
  • 3 ounces of soft goat cheese (I used Chavrie)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives for garnish

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place cauliflower florets, garlic and onions into a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until cauliflower starts to turn golden brown and garlic and onions are fragrant. Stop at 15 minutes to mix the vegetables around a bit. Remove from oven.
  2. Immediately pour mixture into the body of a food processor. (If you have a smaller processor, you’ll have to do this in batches). Add broth in 1/2 cup increments and pulse on low until mixture starts to cream. Add in cream, goat cheese and salt and pepper. Pulse until mixture is smooth. If you want a thinner soup, add additional cream or broth.
  3. Serve mixture immediately with fresh chives.

Nutritional information per 1/2 cup serving:

Calories: 124.8
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 10 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 5.4 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  3

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  1. Posted by kita on
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    soup, stoup, I don't care. I love my soups thick and hearty and this one sounds AMAZING! The chavrie really kicks it up I bet?
  2. Posted by amy donovan on
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    Bahaha, Rachel Ray uses the word stoup, too - funny! This stoup looks absolutely delicious - I love cauliflower soup in restaurants but i've never tried making it at home. Must try this! And thanks so much for the baguette shoutout, friend!
  3. Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    Yay for soup! I love the goat cheese - stunning perfection!
  4. Posted by domesticfits on
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    My random cartoon reference is from All Dogs Go To Heaven from when I was a kid. The angel dog says, "Chaaaaarlie! It's time to go home now, Charlie." and EVERY single time I meet someone named Charlie, I want to say that. But I refrain. Most of the time. Oh, and I love this soup. And it's way low calorie for a creamy soup. Love it.
  5. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    Cauliflower is a new favorite veggie of mine, what a great soup!
  6. Posted by Christy Milford on
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    Stoup is my favorite new word! And I can't wait to make this stoup myself :)
  7. Posted by Rachel Cooks on
    Thursday, October 11th, 2012
    LOVED the soup at six.one.six. This looks fantastic too! I'm inspired.
  8. Posted by Skylor Powell on
    Thursday, October 11th, 2012
    I love all cauliflower soups! They are the best answer for guilt free creamy :)
  9. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Thursday, October 11th, 2012
    I love a thick, hearty soup!
  10. Posted by Baker Street on
    Friday, October 12th, 2012
    the goat cheese is a brilliant idea! so creamy and delicious! yum!
  11. Posted by Ashley on
    Friday, October 12th, 2012
    Soup has been dinner for us every night this week - it's so cold here! This reminds me a bit of our soup app in Michigan - gotta try this!