Loaded Cauliflower Soup

Baked Potato Soup is one of my absolute favorites! But, you know, with the holidays I try to save a few calories where ever I can.

Subbing out the potatoes in soup for cauliflower. That was my genius friend Noelle’s idea. She casually mentioned it one day while we were chatting. Um, why did I never think of that. I have made mashed cauliflower, cauliflower au gratin and I love just roasted cauliflower.

Well I finally tried making cauliflower soup and it was just like baked potato. I don’t think I would have even known the difference had I not made it myself.

Loaded Cauliflower Soup - Supper for a Steal

So you should probably go now and whip up a pot of this soup. Especially if you live in Florida, go now, while it’s still cold outside.

Loaded Cauliflower Soup

 

Loaded Cauliflower Soup
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ head cauliflower, grated
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute bacon in a large stock pot over medium heat until crispy. Using a slotted spoon remove bacon and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat, add onion, celery and garlic. Saute 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower to the pot and water. Cover with lid and steam 5-7 minutes. Add 1¾ cup chicken stock and milk, turn up heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Whisk flour with remaining ¼ cup chicken stock. Add to pot while stirring. Then simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 1½ cups cheddar cheese, half of the bacon, and 2-3 dashes of hot sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with remaining shredded cheese and bacon.

Approx cost per serving: $1.63

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