Terrie Hoelscher Recipe

By Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1

6 - 8
20 Min
30 Min

This is the BEST soup I've ever eaten, bar none! You could also make it substituting broccoli or brussels sprouts for the cauliflower. Even ppl who do not like cauliflower tell me they LOVE this soup ....

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1/2 stick
unsalted butter
1/4 c
diced onion
1/4 c
1 tsp
14 1/2 oz
low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 c
cauliflower head, about 2.5 pounds, cut in small pieces
2 c
2% milk
1 tsp
dijon mustard
8 oz
extra sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups shredded)

Directions Step-By-Step

NOTE: It helps to have everything pre-measured and lined up before you start, so you're not running all over the kitchen cutting and measuring, instead of paying attention to the stove. LOL!
In large non-stick saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
Add onion and cook until golden, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don't let it burn!
Stir in flour and salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. This is your roux; don't let it stick or burn!
Gradually stir in chicken broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. When smooth, slowly add the 1-1/2 cups of water, continuing to stir.
Add cauliflower pieces and heat to a very light simmer. Cover and turn heat to LOW, to a bare simmer, until cauliflower is very tender, at least 20 minutes. Stir FREQUENTLY.
When cauliflower is very tender and mushy, add the milk and stir it in well. Bring entire mixture back up to temperature, but do not boil or allow milk to scorch.
In a blender [with inner lid of cover removed to allow steam to escape], blend cauliflower mixture at low speed in small batches, until very smooth.
NOTE: You might prefer to leave some of the cauliflower florettes in there, instead of pureeing all of them. I save some aside, and just give them one quick mash w/ a hand masher. That leaves a little bit of 'texture' to the soup. But it is excellent in its pureed form, too.
Return the entire mixture to saucepan; bring back up to temperature, until hot, stirring frequently. Don't let it boil.
Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in dijon and 1-1/2 cups of the cheese until melted and smooth.
Serving Ideas: Garnish soup with remaining cheese and serve right away with a hearty salad.
Serve with a warm, thick, chewy baguette. Great for a bread dipper!
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 225 Calories; 16g Fat (64.9% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 50mg Cholesterol; 593mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 2 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
NOTES : Use a cauliflower that is about 2.5 pounds.
8-ounces of shredded cheese = 2 cups.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Wendy Rusch snooksk9
Nov 1, 2010
You had me at Wisconsin................. :)
Annette Norris Aniella
Nov 4, 2010
This sounds really, really good! Thanks for sharing it!
Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1
Nov 4, 2010
It IS .... I've told others, it's so good I could put my face down in it and just slurp it up. haha! Gonna try it again tonight, I think, but I'm gonna try it w/ broccoli.
My husband and I ate this at Zupa's, in Salt Lake City, UT, and I don't think I've ever had a better soup. So I searched and searched and tweaked and played w/ some recipes, and this is what I came up with, as close as possible to Zupa's. One of the recipes also calls for some shredded pepperjack cheese, but I didn't use it. Could give it an interesting flair, tho?
It's a cold, rainy day here in WV, so soup is definitely on the menu tonight! :)
Nov 16, 2010 - Terrie Hoelscher shared this recipe with discussion group: Soup's On!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Nov 16, 2010
Love this soup, (Most,any soup) This will be my next pot.
Vivian Queen-Chase MsVivian
Dec 20, 2010
Thanks Terrie, This sounds really good. Even if it is made with that white stuff :)
Dec 27, 2010 - Terrie Hoelscher Terrie Hoelscher [Blessed1] has linked this recipe with CREAM OF SPINACH SOUP
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Dec 27, 2010
Thanks for the link to this Terrie! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMm
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Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Jan 22, 2011
Terrie... as a "cheddar head" from Wisconsin.... I have to say.... I LOVE this soup!!!

Love this photo of you too!!
Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1
Jan 23, 2011
I made it again yesterday, and we had it for lunch yesterday and today. It is SOOOO good. I still have more leftover. It does make quite a bit. thank you, Colleen ... glad you like it so much. I'd rate it a "5", if I were rating my own soup. haha!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Jan 23, 2011
I have rated it 5 stars! It is so good!
Terrie Hoelscher Blessed1
Jan 23, 2011
Thank you, Colleen ... have you noticed the rating stars don't show up anymore? Wonder why not? :o/