Cauliflower and Roasted Garlic Soup
To prime everyone's palate for creative comfort food, serve this hearty soup garnished with cauliflower florets for your first course at Thanksgiving or a fall dinner party.
- Servings: 12
Photography: Krause, Johansen
Source: Blueprint, November/December 2007
- 3 heads garlic
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 3 white onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 4 heads cauliflower; 3 cored and thinly sliced, 1 broken into small florets
- 8 sprigs thyme, tied with twine, plus 1 tablespoon chopped
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 6 cups chicken stock, plus more to thin, if desired
- 2 cups heavy cream, plus more to thin, if desired
- 2 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut off tops of garlic heads. Place each on a piece of parchment-lined aluminum foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap tightly in foil, and bake until garlic is very soft, about 1 hour. Let cool. Squeeze garlic from peel; set aside. Increase oven to 350 degrees.
Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until soft but not browned. Stir in sliced cauliflower, thyme bundle, and wine. Simmer until wine is reduced by half. Add stock; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove cover, and simmer until cauliflower is soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Remove thyme and stir in cream and 2 1/2 cups Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in garlic. Puree in batches until smooth. Thin with more stock or cream, if desired. Return to pot; keep warm on low heat.
Heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over high heat in a saute pan until almost smoking. Add cauliflower florets, stirring until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer pan to oven and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in thyme, parsley, and remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan. To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, and garnish with cauliflower florets.