“Soup’s On!”

Every so often I come across a recipe that is not only easy to make, but also is a hit with my family. With the exception of one child (who shall remain nameless for his or her protection), everyone raves about this recipe, including the ultimate judge: Todd. I’ve made only a few changes to it since I found it late last year, and it’s requested regularly. Todd and I are trying to cut back on sugar and starches and this is an excellent replacement for a more traditional potato soup. The original recipe comes from a very useful website, http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/

Mock Potato Soup

    Mock Potato Soup

1 medium cauliflower, cut into small chunks, about 20 oz after trimming
1 small onion, diced
3 cups chicken broth (homemade recommended)
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
3 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
2 green onions, chopped (optional)
2 T fresh green parsley (optional)

In a large dutch oven, bring the cauliflower, onion, and broth to a boil. Cover and simmer until the cauliflower is very tender, about 20-25 minutes. Use a stick blender to puree the soup until completely smooth and thick. Add the cream; mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cheese; heat very slowly until melted. Use the stick blender again to mix. Garnish with bacon, green onion, and parsley.

Makes about 6 cups.
Freezes very well without the garnishes.

Notes:
*If the thought of heavy cream alone sends you into cardiac arrest, you can probably substitute with milk. In my humble opinion, there are worse things in life than 1/2 cup spread over 6 servings, but everyone has different thoughts on this.
*I used to hate to fry bacon for recipes, until I had the bright idea to use kitchen shears to cut it up before cooking. Now it’s a breeze to cook the smaller pieces and there is a lot less mess.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marta
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 18:35:40

    Hey Deb,

    We had this tonight. YUMM. Its even yummy vegan (did coconut milk instead of cream, and some red pepper, tahini and yeast flakes instead of cheese, and some baco’s for topping). Thanks for sharing. I’ve sent this to a few diabetic friends and they’re so happy with it!

    Reply

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