Last time we were at the farmer’s market, one vendor had an abundance of cauliflower in the back of his pickup truck—priced to sell. For one-dollar a head and the brisk fall air, it was time to make soup again!
I used to make a California Medley soup with broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, but the recipe called for two cans of cheddar cheese soup. I wanted to step-it-up a notch and use better ingredients, so here is an organic version. I found a recipe on Horizon Organic’s website and changed it to fit my needs. Hope you like it!
You may want to make a Comfort Food Grilled Cheese with Garlic & Kalamata Olives along with your soup.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
1 head of broccoli, cut into small pieces
1 small head of cauliflower, cut into small pieces
4 tablespoons flour
6 cups organic vegetable broth
2 teaspoons honey mustard (or Dijon mustard)
1 pint organic half and half
4 to 6 ounces organic mild cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Asiago cheese, shredded
– Warm olive oil in a large pot. Add diced onion and sauté until tender.
– While onion is cooking, steam broccoli and cauliflower pieces for 6 minutes. This can be done in a separate pot on the stove or in a covered glass bowl in the microwave.
– Add vegetables and flour to onions. Sauté for 3 minutes.
– Add broth and mustard, bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.
– Add half and half, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper, and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.
– Before serving, garnish with Asiago cheese.
– To boost the nutrient value, add two carrots-diced, 2 leaves of kale or chard-chopped. Steam the carrots with the broccoli. The greens can be added when you put in the steamed vegetables.
– I try to keep Asiago on hand. With its rich flavor, you do not have to use very much.
– Use as many organic products as you can to consume less pesticides in your diet.
Broccoli and cauliflower are both cruciferous, nutrient-dense vegetables. They are known for their rich source of cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Soup is an easy way to add them to your diet. Keep eating your veggies! They bring life to your body. Enjoy!