We're nowhere near as creative as we probably should be when it comes to making dinner - we have a few meals that we make over and over again. I am always on the lookout for new ideas and recipes but often bookmark them and never touch them again. However, when Millie from Gusty Gourmet tweeted about an amazing cauliflower soup she had just made I had a cauliflower head in the fridge already, so I asked her for the recipe and it was the next dinner we made.
It was so good (and hearty!) that we made it again tonight - it's easy enough (and healthy enough) that it works for weekday dinner - sure, it needs to simmer for a while but if you throw it all in the pot when you walk in the door that works out okay. And tomorrow night it'll take a few minutes to warm up and dinner will be ready!
The first time we made it we made the cauliflower 'crumb' topping, though it was more a crust than a crumb. It was delicious if a bit clumpy (which I blame on my impatience rather than anything else). Tonight we decided to fry up some bacon instead, which was also a fantastic addition.
Cauliflower Soup (modified from Donna Hay Magazine)
2 cloves garlic
3 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
1 head cauliflower
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream (optional)
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the diced onion, crushed garlic, thyme and bay leaf and cook until the onion has softened. Peel and chop the potatoes and chop the cauliflower, and add both with stock and milk to the saucepan. Increase heat to medium and cook for 25-30 minutes or until cauliflower and potato are tender. Remove from heat and blend until smooth. Stir through cream, if using, and season with salt and pepper.
Parmesan Cauliflower Crumbs
1 cup chopped cauliflower
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan
While the soup is cooking, place the cauliflower, oil and parmesan in a bowl and toss to combine. Heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook the cauliflower, stirring, for 2 minutes or until golden and crisp. Top soup with cauliflower crumbs to serve. Serves 4.