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Rainy Monday: Roasted Cauliflower, White Bean, and Cheddar Soup

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May 22, 2012

These beans give soups a wonderfully creamy consistency without the guilt.

If you live in Seattle right now you are likely cursing the rain. For it has returned. In droves. Or sheets. Or buckets. Pick your poison.

Admittedly the past two weeks have been abnormally spectacular with gorgeous day, after gorgeous day, taunting and teasing us with the idea that perhaps this year the Seattle Summer Curse of not beginning until after the 4th of July would be broken. Well friends, as I sit here typing and the rain sits outside pounding, I’d say we might have spoken too soon.

While I’m going to grumble like a good Seattle-ite, I should also confess that there’s something fun and cozy about the rain returning. It’s an excuse for a few more winter meals and big red wines. And sweatshirts. Big sweatshirts.

This soup is a piece of cake to make, very healthy, and just so damn good. Roasting the cauliflower gives it an even richer flavor, and the white beans add a creaminess you would swear was the result of gallons of half and half. It’s quick to make, healthy to eat, and when served with a crusty piece of bread and mixed greens the perfect Rainy Monday Meal.

Roasted Cauliflower, White Bean, and Cheddar Soup
Serves 5+
Adapted from Closet Cooking

Roasted Cauliflower, White Bean, and Cheddar Soup

1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can cannellini beans or white beans, rinsed
1 1/2 cups aged white cheddar, shredded
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the cauliflower florets in two TB of oil along with the salt and pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  3. Roast the cauliflower oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.

    Roasting the cauliflower, which really brings out the flavor.

  4. Heat the remaining oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  7. Add the broth, cannellini beans, and cauliflower, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  8. Puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency with a stick blender.
  9. Mix in the cheese, let it melt and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Mix in the milk and remove from heat.

8 comments »

  1. Aunt Zanny says:

    This sounds sooooo good. And you are right–quick and easy. I bet it would be super good with bacon bits sprinkled on top–but then what isn’t?

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      You are so right!!! Bacon is fabulous with it…you can actually saute the onions in the bacon fat and then sprinkle crumbled bacon on top. If you make it let me know how it turns out! xoxo.

  2. Seattle Foodshed says:

    Oh wow. This is right up our alley. Filing this away to make later. And I gotta say, the rain is pretty cozy after so much sun. Of course, Ill be ready for sun again tomorrow.

  3. boguk says:

    I made this soup last night. I used romanesco cauliflower rather than regular. I followed the directions after that. Easy to make. The soup turned out thick and delicious. I will definately make again.

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      So that you liked it! This is definitely a good one to have in the back pocket, especially for those busy winter weeknights.

  4. Tyler says:

    Made this soup yesterday for friends with a newborn baby — it was delish! I ran out of cheddar, so used parmesan instead. Next time I would add a little bit of beer to it at the end. 🙂

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