Cauliflower & Leek Soup

This is the soup tip I shared with the New York Times, in a tweet that they published here.

Cauliflower is incredibly underrated. Sure, it’s dull by itself, but it’s cheap, healthy, and very versatile; it can easily transform into something entirely new with the help of only a few ingredients. This soup probably sounds like blah city, but it’s actually lovely.

1 large yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cauliflower, broken up in florets
5 cups chicken broth
½ cup hot water
olive oil, to taste
black pepper, to taste
salt, to taste
PAM

I added a leek to this soup this time around, because I found a leftover one abandoned in the bottom of the fridge. This meant I only used a small yellow onion with it. While leeks have a stronger, earthier taste, they are also often expensive- so while you should totally substitute if you can afford it, for the purposes of this recipe’s cost & calories, I’m going to stick with my regular “large onion” ingredient.

PAM the inside of a soup pot, and sauté the onion. After a few minutes, add the garlic; when it becomes aromatic, but before it begins to brown, add the cauliflower and a pinch of salt. Add 1 cup chicken broth, cover the pot with its lid, and cook on medium-low for 10 minutes.

Add in 4 more cups of chicken broth. Leave the lid off, and let the soup simmer for at another 15-20 minutes.

Blend the soup in batches, until it becomes smooth. Taste, and adjust for salt, if need be. Turn off the stove and let the pot stand a half hour, to let the soup come together and thicken.

Depending on the thickness of the soup when you return to it, you should add in some sips of hot water (maybe just a little, but up to and not more than ½ cup) and stir well. Serve this hot, making the dish elegant with a swirl of olive oil across the soup’s surface, and a few grinds of black pepper.

Serves 8.

Meal Cost:
1 large onion- $0.10
2 cloves garlic, minced- $0.15
1 cauliflower- $3.00
5 cups chicken broth- $2.30
olive oil- pantry
black pepper- pantry
salt- pantry
PAM- pantry

Total Calories:
Onion- 64
Garlic- 9
cauliflower- 210
chicken broth- 50
½ tbsp olive oil- 60

This meal serves 8 people, and the total cost is only $5.55! The number of calories per person is, well, barely any. In fact, feel free to help yourself to a double-serving, it’ll only come out to around 100 calories. This is maybe the best example of a recipe that busts that whole “healthy, low-cal food can’t be delicious” myth outta the water.

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