We all have that sweater…it’s a bit too big, definitely too wide, has holes in the sleeves, and a stain on the side, but to us it is perfect. Representing comfort and familiarity we pop it on feeling perfectly content, weekend after weekend, much to the groans and chagrin of our more fashion savvy friends.
The food equivalent is of course all the classic comfort foods. Decidedly homey and sometimes a tad homely they are synonymous with a simpler time where meatloaf and dinner at 5p were standard fare.
There are times, however, when we crave something rich and comforting without the heaviness or frumpiness of our favorite foods. This soup is just that.
Exquisitely satisfying and utterly delicious, it says, all at once, just like that favorite sweater, but with a touch more style, ‘welcome home’.
Creamy cauliflower & Gruyère soup
Pair with a crusty wheat bread and a sparkling wine such as Prosecco.
2 TB butter
3/4 white onion, roughly chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 small cauliflower, about 2 lbs, cut into small pieces
5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups grated Gruyère cheese (fontina also works well)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly chopped parsley
Heat the butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes, until the onion has softened but not browned.
Add the cauliflower pieces and stock and bring to a boil. Let boil for 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is really soft and breaking up in the stock.
Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and process in batches until smooth. Return the puree to a clean saucepan. Add the cream and cheese and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheese has all smoothly melted into the soup.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into warmed served bowls and top with chopped parsley.
Adapted from Long Nights and Log Fires.