Cauliflower Soup Recipe

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Need a little something different and elegant - a little rustic?  This soup is the answer.  It is thickened with potatoes, not flour, and is hearty enough to serve as a luncheon main course or starter for your next dinner party. Why? The milky, sweet, nutty flavor of cauliflower is a nice change from stronger-flavored vegetables.

Even though it lacks chlorophyll, cauliflower has plenty of other nutrients including vitamin C (91.5% of the DV), folate and dietary fiber. Cauliflower is even a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Look for tightly packed heads with no brown spots

Ingredients:

1 large head white cauliflower with leaves

2 medium potatoes (about one pound/450g)

1 handful dandelion leaves (or fresh celery leaves)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cups/500mls vegetable stock (water or chicken stock is fine)

1 tablespoon/30ml Italian seasoning

2 cups/500mls cauliflower water

salt and white pepper, to taste (black pepper is fine)

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 - 1 cup/125-250mls cream or milk (regular or vegan is fine), optional

croutons

Wash and trim the cauliflower, keeping the pale-green inner leaves that cling to the head.  

Separate the head into flowerets and cook in a large pot of salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes.  

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Drain the cauliflower, reserving 2 cups/500mls of the cooking water.

Wash, pare and dice the potatoes.  Put the potatoes, onion, dandelion leaves (or celery leaves) in a pot.  

Add the broth (or water), wine, and cauliflower water and bring to a simmer.  

Season to taste with salt and white pepper as well as the Italian seasonings.  

Cook on a slow heat until the potatoes are tender, then add the cauliflower and simmer until the cauliflower is very tender.

Puree the soup, then return it to a clean sauce pan and heat through.  

Stir in the cream if you choose.

Serve with fresh croutons.

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