Roasted Cauliflower Garlic Soup

I have had a bulb of fennel in my fridge since I cut the fronds off to make Gravlax. I have been trying to think of something to do with it for a while.

Also, I’ve been really craving soup. It’s all Melicious’s fault because I made her Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon… twice. And now all I can think about is creamy, thick, pureed veggie soups.

So I got this idea. I would roast it with some other stuff and puree it. You know… Just toss some stuff together and hope for the best. Honestly, the last time I tried that I got some curried broccoli soup that neither of us ate..

Because it sucked.

This time I decided to use an entire head of garlic.

Roasted-Garlic

This soup does not suck. In fact it’s pretty fucking awesome.

So awesome that I took a bazillion pictures so instead of just posting all the pics, I am giving you a video of all the pics. With music.. punk like music.. because this soup rocks that hard.

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Roasted Cauliflower Garlic Soup
 
A simple but flavorful roasted veggie soup
Ingredients
  • 1 head of Cauliflower
  • 1 celery root (about a pound)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 1 quart of chicken stock
  • Olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Line two sheet pans with aluminum foil
  3. Cut the fronds off the fennel and cut into wedges
  4. Cut the cauliflower into florets
  5. Peel and cube the celery root
  6. Cut the top off the garlic
  7. Spread the veggies out over the sheet pans and drizzle with olive oil. Toss with your hands to coat. Make sure you get a good amount on that garlic head. Salt and pepper the veggies
  8. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Stir the veggies and flip the garlic head over. Roast for 15 more minutes.
  9. Smoosh the garlic out of it's skin. It should slide right out.
  10. Put all the veggies in a stock pot and cover with the chicken stock and a quart of water.
  11. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes, or until all the veggies are tender.
  12. Puree your soup, season with additional salt and pepper and enjoy!
Notes
I happened to have rosemary salt on hand so that is what I used to season the salt. You could also add a touch of fresh rosemary to deepen the flavors

Sausage Bean Florentine Soup

Sausage Bean Florentine

I adore warm, comforting, easy to throw together soups.  I also love stocking my freezer.  Let’s face it, cooking anything cuts into my Mario Kart time.  Sometimes, I just need a quick and hearty lunch or meal and yanking a quart of soup out of the freezer, especially one that is loaded with meat and beans is just plain awesome.

You will find the amounts of ingredients kind of nebulous.  That’s because soups, in my opinion, are really about what you like in them. I like hot and spicy and loaded full of goodies.

Start by taking your sausage out of the casings (sidebar: I usually grab them in the middle, pinch and sort of smoosh it out each side…  sort of like milking a cow.. and no I’m not going to tell you how I know how to do that) and toss it in your stockpot .. which of course you have already heated up and added oil too… Keep up.. I ramble incoherently a lot.   Also chuck your garlic and onion in there.

Sausage and Garlic and Onions OH MY!

Mmm… porky goodness

Chop the frozen spinach.. and by chop I mean beat the crap out of it while it’s in the bag.  Um.. don’t thaw it first..

Chopping Frozen Spinach

HULK SMASH!

Go ahead and dump that right in the pot there. Stir it up.

Frozen Spinach

oooh.. Frosty!

Pour in the chicken stock. Get the good stuff.

Store bought chicken stock: when you’re too lazy to make your own

Also, when you get tired of waiting for that stock to glug out of there.. just stab it.

Finger placement not indicative of actual recommendation

Don’t put your fingers like that okay? If I had an extra hand, you’d have a more accurate picture of how it should be done.. but alas, I only have two hands. Also? PHYSICS FOR THE WIN!

*ahem*

Rinse your beans.

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Add them to the pot. Add more stock if you think you need it. Heat your soup through and eat!

Freeze leftovers.

This right here is why I need to buy Wonton Soup: Best freezer Containers EVAH!

Remember kids!

Recycling makes you Sexy!

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