Sunday, January 5, 2014

Paleo Roasted Cauliflower Soup

We have had a string of cooler days here in Florida.  I know our cold, is nothing compared to a northern cold, but I will take advantage of the cool weather to make some delicious soups.  Over the holiday I discovered that roasting vegetables before putting them into soup amplifies their flavor.  It all began with a tomato soup, I will formulate the recipe for the that in the future.  Then morphed into broccoli soup, that I made creamy with the addition of coconut milk. I decided that I had to give a go at making a roasted cauliflower soup since roasted cauliflower is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  This recipe is for a large amount, if you don't want this much soup, then feel free to make 1/3 or 2/3 of the recipe.  I hope you like my roasted cauliflower soup as much as we did.

Paleo Roasted Cauliflower Soup

ghee (or fat of choice)
3 heads cauliflower, core removed sliced to 1/2 inch thin
12 cloves garlic
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-3 inch pieces
3 medium onions, minced
3 quarts broth/stock (veggie or chicken will work well)
salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Foil line and grease (with ghee or fat of choice) several pans or sheets and spread cauliflower over the pans.  Take a small square of foil, add ghee and garlic.  Wrap and seal the garlic and ghee into the foil.  Place on one of the sheets.  Place carrots onto one of the sheets.  Brush the veggies with ghee and sprinkle with salt.  Cook in oven until golden brown or cauliflower just starts to burn.  Turn the veggies every 20 minutes.  Total cooking time will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

In a large stock pot melt ghee over medium heat.  Add onion, and saute until translucent.  Add roasted veggies.  Add broth/stock.  Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 10 minutes.  Using an immersion blender blend the soup until its smooth and creamy.  Salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.  (If you do not have an immersion blender you can also blend this soup in a traditional blender, you will just have to do it in batches).  Serve and enjoy!


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