Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

1 Mar

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Here on Long Island we are having one of the coldest winters on record. Since you can’t reasonably spend the entire winter drinking hot toddies all day — as much as the idea appeals –, the second best, more sensible and certainly more sustainable response is soup.

Light winter lunch

Light winter lunch

Here is an easy-peasy soup recipe that is warming and light, inspired by my dear friend Deborah Rivera Pittorino’s matchless soups at her restaurant La Cuvee Seafood & Grille in the heart of Long Island’s North Fork wine country. She shares some her recipes on her blog, The Seasoned Fork, by the way.

This recipe adds a little nuttiness (nutty flavor, not crazy person nuttiness) by dry roasting the cauliflower for 10 minutes. This amount makes four appetizer servings or two meal-size bowls and reheats really well in the office microwave for lunch!

Office lunch

Office lunch

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

3 Cups cauliflower (stems and florets, trimmed)

1 Tbs olive oil

1 Tbs butter (salted or unsalted)

3 Cups leeks, white and pale green part, carefully cleaned and sliced into ¼ inch rounds

1 Qt veggie stock (if using store-bought, choose low sodium and season accordingly)

¼-1/2 Cup milk (optional)

1 tsp mild curry powder

salt & pepper to taste

On a baking sheet or in a baking pan roast cauliflower at 400˚F for about 10 minutes (I do it in my fancy, full-service Breville toaster oven) until getting browned at the edges.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy-bottomed soup pot at medium. When the foaming subsides, add the leeks. Stirring occasionally, allow the leeks to get very soft (5-10 minutes). Add the cauliflower, stir and cook a minute or two. Add the stock, bring to a boil, then add curry, lower heat, add milk and simmer for at least 30 minutes, until cauliflower is falling apart. Using an immersion blender or (in batches) a blender or food processor, blend until you reach the desired smoothness. Season to taste and serve, topped with a dollop of plain yogurt or croutons if you like.

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9 Responses to “Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup”

  1. chefceaser March 5, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  2. deliciousdaydreams March 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    There’s nothing better than roasted cauliflower. I can’t imagine having it any other way! Yummy soup recipe, thank you!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy March 1, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      I love cauliflower mashed as well…am working on a recipe….
      Thanks for the visit and the comments…love hearing from you!

  3. Mad Dog March 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Sounds great – perfect for lunch 😉

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy March 1, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      Yes indeed. It saved my life last week as I had enough for two lunches…it is the small pleasures that make life good!

      • Mad Dog March 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

        Hot lunch makes such a big difference when it’s freezing cold outside.

  4. Deborah Rivera March 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Awe. Thanks dear. Will get my act together to finally do your book review!

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy March 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      No hurry! I am in a re-edit and need to put it back on the market! (One more of those things I should be doing, but haven’t the time for….)

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