Cauliflower soup with smoked cheddar

Creamy in texture and cheesy in flavour, this cauliflower soup with smoked cheddar is savoury bliss.

4

10m

Note: + cooling time

25m

Ingredients

  • 20g butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 medium cauliflower, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups (1L) salt-reduced vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup (120g) coarsely grated smoked cheddar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) pouring (pure) cream or thickened cream
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets, extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup basil sprigs

Smoked almond pesto

  • 60g pkt Coles Australian Baby Rocket
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup (20g) finely grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup (55g) smoked almonds, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) avocado oil or olive oil

Method

STEP 1

Heat the butter and half the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Add the cauliflower and stock. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins or until the cauliflower is very tender. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool slightly.

STEP 2 

To make the smoked almond pesto, place rocket, basil, parmesan, almond and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped. With the motor running, add oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined. Season.

STEP 3 

Use a stick blender to carefully blend the cauliflower mixture in pan until very smooth. Add cheddar and cream. Stir until the cheddar melts. Place over low heat. Cook for 1-2 mins or until heated through. Season.

STEP 4 

Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the extra cauliflower and cook for 2-3 mins each side or until golden brown.

STEP 5

Divide soup among serving bowls. Drizzle with the pesto. Top with fried cauliflower. Sprinkle with the basil.

Dietary information

Vegetarian
Gluten-free
Egg-free
Peanut-free
Sesame-free
Soy-free
No added sugar
Wheat-free

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