Its no secret, I love cauliflower. To me, cauliflower is the most magical vegetable in my kitchen. Its versatility is endless and adding lots of cauliflower to your diet does wonders to your waistline. Sometimes when I'm eating mashed cauliflower, I find myself trying to resist eating the entire plate. I forget what I'm eating and think its potatoes! No offense, potatoes, I love you too. We go way back, but ... muffin top.
So, I introduce my newest cauliflobsession*- cream of mushroom soup. Like I said in my post on our Cauliflower Broccoli Cheddar soup** (also fantastic), I would never eat the true versions of these soups; made with cream, flour and butter to get the "cream of ---" consistency. To me, soups shouldn't be laden with fat and carbs. Soup should not be a guilty pleasure. It should be healthy, satisfying and cozy-inducing. This soup is all of the good things and its so delicious and creamy, you'll forget what you're eating!
- I small onion, chopped
- garlic, 2-3 cloves, chopped
- olive oil, 2 tbsp
- cauliflower, 1 large head, chopped
- beef or vegetable broth, 32 oz.
- 8-10 mushrooms, chopped
- Worchestershire, a small splash
- thyme, fresh (a few sprigs, plus more for garnish)
- salt & pepper
1. In a large pot over high heat, add the cauliflower. Cover with water and add about a tsp of salt & pepper. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes until the cauliflower is fork tender. Drain in a colander and return to the pot.
2. If you are using a blender or food processor, let the cauliflower cool completely. Then, in batches, blend mixture until smooth. If using an immersion blender, blend until smooth or your desired consistency. Return the pureed cauliflower to the large pot.
2. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium high heat, swirl olive oil. Add garlic, mushrooms & onion. Cook for 10-12 minutes until softened. Add thyme and splash of Worchestershire. Season with salt & pepper.
3. Put the pot of pureed cauliflower over medium heat. Stir in broth until you achieve your desired consistency and let heat through. Once you have the consistency that you like, stir in the cooked mushrooms & onions. (remove the thyme stems beforehand) Taste for proper seasoning, adding salt & pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
xo & a pinch,
*they say that people who create their own words are geniuses, just saying.
**for the Cauliflower Broccoli Cheddar soup recipe, search out site. It'll pop right up!