It’s officially autumn in Pennsylvania, and that means I’m digging out my jeans and sweaters, gearing up for Penn State football (and Phillies post-season, hell yeah), and dreaming of autumn-centric recipes. Pumpkin roll. Pumpkin muffins. Apple everything. And soups. Hearty, tummy-warming soups that make you want to curl up on the couch in your jim jams and fuzzy socks and watch marathons of Supernatural or Friday Night Lights.
Last week we had a wicked two day rain, just absolute downpours, the kind that flooded streams and caved in ceillings (not to mention flooded my damn basement a little), and it put me in the mood for just such a soup, even though it was 77 degrees and humid as all get out. I’ve made this soup a few times. It’s really simple to make, and ultra comforting on a cold fall day.
Mom’s Cream of Cauliflower Soup
- 1 medium head Cauliflower
- 2 whole Medium Onions, Halved And Sliced Thin
- 4-½ cups Milk, Separated
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- ⅓ cups Cream
- ½ teaspoons Salt
- ¼ teaspoons Fresh Cracked Pepper
Cut the cauliflower into small-ish florets.
In a large pan, add 1 1/2 cups of milk and salt liberally. Add the cauliflower florets and steam until fall-apart tender over medium-low heat (watch this, the milk bubbles over quicker than you can say ‘Turn that burner down!”).
In a separate pot, sautee the onions in butter until softened and translucent but not browned. Add flour and combine to make a roux. Add the remaining 3 cups of milk a little at a time, stirring as you go, and allow to thicken slightly. Add the cooked cauliflower in milk and the cream (if desired). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
After this, you can serve as is, or smooth it out in a blender or food processor. I used an immersion blender (I LOVE that thing), and it whipped up the soup in a matter of moments, leaving smooth creamy deliciousness in a pan. I never did this before, but it made the soup so smooth and slurpable (totally a word), that I can’t imagine skipping it again.
Enjoy with some crackers or your favorite sandwich and a good helping of the Winchester Brothers.