It’s been cold and rainy here for several weeks, and cold and rainy goes hand in hand with soup in my book. When I was waiting at a doctor’s office I was paging through a book that was (and I can’t remember the name of the book) about how to eat your way to a long healthy life. The basic premise was the more cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens, and berries you eat- the healthier you are. Well, I already knew that! What I had not heard was that blending of juicing cruciferous vegetables allowed the “anti-cancer” compounds to digest better. My kids already prefer “smooth” soup, as they can easily drink it from a mug. Somehow that little tid bit of information inspired me to make a blended soup out of the cauliflower that was slated to be this evening’s vegetable.
This Cauliflower Leek Soup is a play on a potato leek- but without all the starch. Cauliflower makes a very smooth and creamy soup, without the need for cream- or really much fat at all. I browned my leeks in butter, as I love the flavor. You could easily make this vegan/lower in fat by omitting. The soup is a simple as can be, but deliciously elegant in it’s simplicity. I love that you really can taste the leek and cauliflower!
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Usually when adding fresh herbs whole, meant to be fished out at the end, I tie them with twine. My twine appears to have run away with some small children, or a puppy. I almost tied my boquet garni with floss, realizing at the last minute that it was a kids cherry flavored floss. (which would have been a disaster) So I improvised and dropped my herbs in a tea strainer and floated it on top of my soup. It worked great, and I felt very resourceful. If you don’t have fresh you can use dried, but you will have little flecks in your creamy soup, which I usually try to avoid. Use about 1/2 teaspoon each if they are dried.
Add the broth and water to the soup, then float the boquet garni and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover for 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender.
A votre santé!