Cauliflower Horseradish Cheddar Soup with Lemon Basil Croutons -- Think cauliflower is boring? Think again! This Cauliflower Horseradish Cheddar Soup is amazingly creamy and flavorful... Especially when topped with lemon basil croutons! | wearenotmartha.com
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Roasted Cauliflower Horseradish Cheddar Soup with Lemon Basil Croutons

Think cauliflower is boring? Think again! This Cauliflower Horseradish Cheddar Soup is amazingly creamy and flavorful... Especially when topped with lemon basil croutons!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American, Eclectic
Keyword: Cauliflower, Horseradish, Soup
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 oz. horseradish cheddar cheese (I use Cabot brand)

Lemon Basil Croutons

  • 1/2 loaf french bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped basil

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut cauliflower florets away from stems and place in a single layer on baking sheet. Place garlic cloves, with peels still on, on the sheet with the cauliflower and drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil.
  • Bake cauliflower and garlic with peels on 30-35 minutes minutes; take garlic out after 20 minutes.
  • Sauté onion in 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven until softened.
  • Add vegetable broth, cauliflower, and garlic cloves and bring to a boil. Lower to simmer for about 8 minutes.
  • While cauliflower is simmering, in a separate medium bowl, whisk together milk, flour, and garlic powder. Stir mixture into cauliflower mixture.
  • Remove from heat and puree using an immersion blender. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can puree soup in batches in blender and then return to pot.) Once pureed, place stockpot back on burner over medium low heat.
  • Gently stir in grated cheese until melted.
  • Serve in individual bowls and top with croutons.

Lemon Basil Croutons

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss until bread cubes are fully coated.
  • Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 9-11 minutes, until just crispy.