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Cauliflower Soup with White Truffle Oil

I have about 5 different posts started, but none that I feel like I can complete (it’s been a long week and I’m still not feelling 100%).  Is it any surprise I’d fall back on a recipe?

You’ll like this one.  It’s more like a bisque than just a plain soup, and if you omit the half and half it’s really quite healthy.  At any rate, you’ll be surprised at just how good it is.  People who don’t normally like cauliflower like this – it is reminiscent of a good potato soup, without the carbs and calories.

Note: Use a blender, and not a food processor, to puree the cauliflower.  I’ve had people tell me they get good results with a stick blender, but I have not.  All I can tell you is that I’ve had much better results with a conventional blender – using a food processor left the soup far too “grainy.”

Another Note: The truffle oil is not essential, but it’s a nice indulgent touch.  Since the oil’s flavor dissipates with heat, add it to the soup just before serving.  If you can’t find truffle oil, a good, extra-virgin olive oil works just as well.

Cauliflower Soup with White Truffle Oil

serves 2 – 3 as a main course with a good crusty bread and salad, or 6 as a first course

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 pound cauliflower florets (about 5 cups)

2 – 14 1/2 oz. cans low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup light cream or half and half

1 teaspoon white truffle oil* or extra virgin olive oil

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and saute until tender, about 8 minutes.  Add cauliflower and saute 2 more minutes.  Add broth.  Cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 20 – 25 minutes.

Working in batches, transfer soup to blender and puree until smooth.  Return soup to pot (soup can be prepared 1 day ahead; cool slightly, cover and refrigerate).  Bring soup to a simmer; add half and half and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle soup into bowls; drizzle with truffle or olive oil.  Garnish with thinly sliced chives, if desired.

*White truffle oil is available at Italian markets, many specialty food stores and some supermarkets.

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