Sunday, March 01, 2020

One Pot Cauliflower Chowder

 This one pot soup recipe is slow cooked on the stove for under an hour - you get the best of both worlds, an easy soup that doesn't take too long to make but tastes like you've had it simmering all day!

I'm sure at this point most of my chowders are very similar recipes, but nonetheless, here is another cauliflower chowder recipe. You could omit the bacon or use vegan bacon (that's a thing, I think?) and use vegetable broth for a completely meatless, vegetarian-friendly soup. I enjoy that this recipe is not exactly a quick recipe, but is not a slow cooker, crockpot recipe either.

What you need:
  • 3 to 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, then remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Drain the bacon grease from the pot, but don't wipe clean. Add butter and olive oil to the pot and let butter melt.
  3. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cook for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add cauliflower. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add garlic and thyme and stir. Then add flour and stir until everything is coated.
  6. Add broth, milk, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 to 40 minutes over low heat.
  7. Serve topped with parsley, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
Recipe from Oh Sweet Basil

This Creamy Cauliflower Soup from My Food Story takes 30 minutes to make and is also gluten-free! I have made a whole lot of potato soups too and was really in love with this Hashbrown Potato Soup that was a little bit different from what I typically make.

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