- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, grated
- 2 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Fresh tarragon, optional
- In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute the onions, carrots, celery and garlic in 1/4 cup butter until tender. Add cauliflower, broth, parsley, salt and pepper, basil and tarragon. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the milk and whipping cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add to cauliflower mixture. Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream. Garnish with tarragon if desired. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Reviews for Winning Cream of Cauliflower Soup
"This got 5 stars from everyone! I did add extra mashed cauliflower to thicken it a bit. Didn't have the parsley, so that didn't get added, and I used less broth than suggested. Skipped the sour cream, since everyone tasted and ate before I could add it! :) Otherwise, I stuck to the recipe (mixed half/half and cream). This is definitely a winner and will be a repeat!"
"What in the world bumps up the sodium so high??? Is this a mistake and should be much lower?"
"This was delicious! I guess I've never used tarragon before because I had my doubts as it was cooking, but I really liked it. Like several reviewers, I blended the soup. The first batch in the blender came out so thick and creamy that I ended up blending the whole thing. I even considered forgetting the butter and flour, but I went ahead and followed the recipe. I did use skim milk and light sour cream. Maybe next time I might try using half & half instead of the whipping cream."
"VERY tasty. I did add a little worchestershire sauce. I agree - not a thick as the picture but delicish! I liked it b/c it was one of the few recipes that did not require cheese - which bumps up the fat, salt, and calories. Even better the next day reheated as the flavors have had a chance to fully develop."
"This is delicious but does it really have 75% of my daily sat. fat in one cup? There must be a way to fix this for my family's health... olive oil instead of butter? Please post if you find a way!"
"Good soup ... it never did thicken for me though. I added a couple tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to bump up the flavor a bit. I might try dried thyme as opposed to the tarragon next time."
"I love this soup! Make it often."
"Great way to use up cauliflower. Really good with a few bacon bits crumbled on top. I agree, put a few cups in the food processor then add back to soup to make it creamier, but still leaves plenty of delicious chunks."