When I saw this recipe for Creamy Roasted Cauliflower & Broccoli Soup on My Bizzy Kitchen I knew I had to make it. There was a huge head of cauliflower in my refrigerator that needed to be used and this recipe sounded like just the right thing to make on a cold day. The roasted vegetables and garlic adds so much flavor. It is a little extra work but so worth the effort. I enjoyed this soup over the course of a few days, sometimes just a cup as a side dish and other times a whole bowl full as my main course.Delicious! I did share a cup of it with hubby Tom who also thought is was pretty amazing.
Creamy Roasted Cauliflower & Broccoli Soup
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 large whole head garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil – divided
- 1 1/2 stalks celery
- diced 1 yellow onion
- diced 1 carrot
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons fresh minced parsley (didn’t have any)
- 1/3 cup fat free half and half
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut cauliflower and broccoli into individual florets. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer to a foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Cut the top off of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap with foil. Place wrapped garlic on the baking sheet. Roast the cauliflower and garlic at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. When the cauliflower is tender and golden remove from the oven.
The garlic will need to roast for a total of about 25-30 minutes. You can remove it to check it’s progress as needed – it should smell fragrant but not raw, be golden and tender.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron dutch oven or medium-large stock pot. Add the onion, celery, and carrot. Saute over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Whisk in the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and flour and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
Add the wine and water, whisking to combine with the flour mixture. Then, slowly add in 2 cups broth. Add the bay leave and roasted garlic cloves. Just squeeze the roasted garlic out of it’s peel – its really easy. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower and broccoli, simmer an additional 5 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf. Working in batches, add the soup to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed and smooth. Add additional 2 cups broth during or after blending to achieve desired consistency. After all the batches have been completed, return to the pot. Stir in the half and half and parsley. Cook until just heated through. Adjust salt and pepper for tastes.
Note: I used my Blendtec blender and it created a very smooth and creamy soup with no lumps!
Yield: 6 Servings Servings Size: 1 cup
Sorry no nutritional information – I am still deciding what software program to get to configure the nutritional information for recipes and I changed the recipe from what Biz did which will change the nutritional information. If anyone figures the stats out before I get to it, please let me know!
Recipe adapted from My Bizzy Kitchen.
For dinner last night I treated the family to one of our old favorite meals that consisted of Herbed Chicken Piccata, Creamy Parmesan Orzo and oven roasted broccoli. They were delighted! It was nice to eat a healthy balanced meal with out too many carbs. Why is it that most holiday food is carby? We are ready to eat light and healthy again, how about you?
My back is doing much, much better! I am not exercising yet but I am up and about and just getting housework done is exercise enough right now. The new treadmill is beckoning to me – I can’t wait to get back on it! All in good time.
We are planning on staying home for New Years Eve just as we usually do. I will make us some healthy eats and we will watch movies! We don’t usually stay up to ring the New Year in – we must be getting old!
Happy New Year!
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