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Creamy Cauliflower With Ginger Soup

Creamy Cauliflower With Ginger Soup

USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

A pureed vegetable soup can be an impressive, easy and affordable first course for an elegant dinner, or even a light dinner on its own with salad and bread.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 11.6 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 6.6g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Sodium:
  • 133 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering.
  2. Add cauliflower, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until vegetables start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.
  4. Add ginger, turmeric, saffron and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
  5. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes.
  6. Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If using a traditional blender, vent it either by removing the lid's pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid. Drape the blender canister with a kitchen towel. To 'clean' the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup.)
  7. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.
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PUDDLESOFNOODLES
13

PUDDLESOFNOODLES

3/8/2005

I liked this soup but I thought it was a bit spicy I say cut the tumeric and caynene pepper in half if you don't really like spicy food.

Webby
9

Webby

3/25/2006

This was easy to make and really delicious. I left it a bit chunky when puree-ing the soup. I like my soup to have a bit more texture so it eats like a meal.

ljhowland
5

ljhowland

9/7/2010

I made this soup but substituted soy milk for the half and half. I also used veggie stock and fresh ginger. My first few tastes of the soup were delish...but then it just made me sickened... couldnt bring myself to eat it....I would leave out the cayenne next time if I do decide to make it again....

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