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Cauliflower cheese soup
4.88 from 8 votes

Cauliflower Cheese Soup (with a dairy free option)

One of my families favourite ways to eat cauliflower, my Cauliflower Cheese Soup is tasty, easy to make and very nourishing. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion/s peeled and finely diced
  • 1 clove/s garlic peeled and chopped
  • 25 g butter, ghee or macadamia oil
  • 400 g cauliflower (approx. ½ head), broken into florets
  • 400 g can cannellini beans -drained and rinsed
  • 3-400 ml chicken stock or bone broth (I used chicken), recipe here
  • 50 g parmesan cheese -finely grated
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste
  • 75 g peas (½ cup) blanched in boiling water
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives -chopped (to serve)
  • 2 tbsp lemon infused olive oil - I like Cobram Estate brand (to serve)

Instructions

  • In a large pot sauté the onion and garlic in the butter or ghee for a minute or two until just starting to soften, but not brown.
  • Add the cauliflower, cannellini beans, and stock and bring to the boil.  Simmer until the cauliflower is just cooked (and you can slice through it easily with a knife).
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  • Puree in a food processor or powerful blender with the parmesan cheese.
  • Taste and season if necessary.
  • Serve hot with the peas, chives and a drizzle of lemon infused olive oil.

Thermomix Method

  • Grate the parmesan, 5 seconds, speed 6 and set aside.
  • Chop the onion and garlic, 10 seconds, speed 5.
  • Add the butter and saute, temp. 100, 2 mins, speed 1.
  • Add the cauliflower and chop 10 seconds, speed 6.
  • Scrape down the sides, add the beans and broth and cook temp. 100, 15 mins, speed 2.
  • Add the parmesan and blend for 20 seconds, speed 6.
  • Season and serve as above.

Tip

  • Adjust the consistency of this by adding more or less broth.

Make-ahead

  • Re-heat in a pot over a low heat until just hot.

Store

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

Vegetarian

Use vegetable stock.

Dairy-free and vegan

Just don’t add the cheese or replace with 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (which gives a very similar flavour). Taste it as you add the yeast gradually to achieve the level of 'cheesiness' you like. Use olive oil instead of butter or ghee.

Legume-free

Simply omit the beans/ peas to if you like and increase the cauliflower buy about a cup.

Onion and garlic-free

Replace them with a small bulb of fennel, diced and a pinch of chilli flakes or powder.

Broccoli cheese soup

Sub the cauliflower for broccoli for another delicious soup.
 

I love this soup - how about you. Did you try the dairy-free version? I'd love to hear how you like it.