I know that soup is probably not what you need right now as we’re just finally hitting that heat wave we’ve been waiting for since November. And it’s not what I need, especially on a hot night when the apartment seems to have stored all the heat from last night’s marathon pressure canning session, which was necessary because we had so many trout in the freezer from Nick’s fishing expeditions that canning was the only way I could think of to conquer the fishies before they freezer-burned to death.
By the way? A pressure canner is a terrifying thing. It shakes and rattles and threatens to explode, melting the skin off your face and causing your damage deposit to disappear. The cat did not understand. But at least Nick now knows his place in the order of things.
Anyway. Soup’s not what I need. Maybe it’s what you need? (Imagine me shrugging impotently, my face oddly contorted in an expression of meek whateverness and shadowed with smeary makeup. I look like a bog monster. It’s hot. I’m not complaining, but I’m not at my best.) But soup is easy, and my fridge is jam-packed-OMG-full, and the top shelf had been taken up by two large cauliflower so what the hell. Maybe bookmark this one for, like, October or something. Or serve it chilled, like Vichyssoise.
Roasted cauliflower soup with Manchego
- Olive oil
- 1 1 lb. to 1.5 lb. cauliflower, cut into bite-size bits
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 cup grated Manchego cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spread cauliflower out on a pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt.
Roast cauliflower for 25 to 30 minutes until golden, turning once at the halfway point.
Tip? You can stop right here and eat is as it is, or turn it into salad, or use it on pizza. There are so many things you can do with roasted cauliflower.
In the meantime, caramelize the onion in a little bit of olive oil over medium heat until cauliflower is done.
Scrape 1/2 to 2/3 of the cauliflower into the pot with the onion. Add garlic. Sauté for about a minute. Add stock.
Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a gentle boil. Boil until potato is soft.
Remove from heat and blend until smooth.
Return to heat. Stir in milk, nutmeg, and cheese. Bring back up to a simmer. Add remaining cauliflower. Let simmer for a minute or two.
Stir in cream. Add salt and pepper, adjusting seasonings as desired.