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Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

This recipe for cauliflower cheddar soup is going to be your new favorite vegetarian comfort food on cozy days. Top it with some crunchy croutons and even more cheese and there's nothing for comforting, satisfying, and delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 5 teaspoon garlic* minced
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2-2.5 lbs), cut into florets
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon powdered thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt taste and add more, to taste, at the end
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk/cream I use ⅔ cup of cream and the rest milk
  • 1 + ¼ cup cheddar shredded, reserve the ¼ cup for topping the soup
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice optional

Instructions
 

  • Wash and chop vegetables.
    In a large soup pot, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add carrots, onion, garlic, and cook on low until ingredients become fragrant and begin to soften — about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower florets, nutmeg, thyme, salt, and parsley.
    Stir well and cook on medium for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add broth, and bring to a boil.
    Once boiling, turn the heat down a bit and let the soup simmer for 18-20 minutes, until the ingredients are soft and can be easily blended.
    Remove from the heat.
  • Carefully blend the soup in a blender in small batches** after it has cooled for five minutes. Or, use an immersion blender. Blend until you get a smooth consistency and the chunks of vegetables are all blended
  • Add 1 cup of cheese and 1 cup of milk/cream. If using an immersion blender, mix it all again. Or stir well with a spoon.
    Taste test, and add more salt or other seasonings as you see fit.
  • Serve while hot, and top with extra ¼ cup of cheddar and homemade croutons. Then add more fresh parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if you'd like.
    Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days or freeze.

Notes

*I know it sounds like a lot but just trust me!
**Be careful blending hot soup. Check out these tips before trying it for the first time. 
Be sure to read "recipe options" in this post for other options for making this soup and different ways to customize it. 
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