Cauliflower Carrot Soup – Cheap and Easy.

The shorter days of Fall bring a hankering for soup.  One of our family favorites is Cauliflower soup to which I now add carrots.  Hence, Cauliflower Carrot soup was born. Actually I have been making a similar version of this for years.  Initially it was made using all milk instead of broth and tons of cheddar cheese.  Through the years it has evolved to using almost all broth and very little milk or cream and leaving the cheese for a garnish.

I am not going to do a step by step photo essay showing you how to chop an onion, carrot or the celery – I assume you know how to do these things.  If you don’t, thats ok too – just wing it!

What makes this soup extra special is how filling and cheap it is to make.  The carrots add a nice ‘cheesy’ look without using a ton of cheese – by swapping out the milk and cream for broth it is pretty friendly on the waist too.

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This is the time of year that cauliflower and broccoli are usually around .99 lb making this a perfect affordable meal. If you make your own chicken broth it is even cheaper!

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I detest the myth that eating ‘healthy’ or cooking from scratch is too expensive and / or time consuming.   It does take thought and a little planning.  One thing I know, when something is important to me, I make time for it, I give it thought and I plan.

I do not do cost breakdowns for all our meals but I do know prices and I shop sales.  It has become second nature to check prices and be able to recognize a ‘deal’.   For example the Organic Chicken broth for $1.99 a quart is a screaming deal – it is available at Ralph’s and I always have it on hand.  I use a lot of broth and although I do make and freeze my own broth, when short on time it is so much faster and easier to have a couple of boxes of broth on the pantry shelf.

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This is one of those recipes that I have been making for years without ever actually having written it down. We call it Cauliflower soup - but the carrots play an integral part of this soup. The carrots give this a rich cheesy look without the cheese. Of course, it is delicious garnished with grated cheese if you would like. This is also excellent made with broccoli instead of cauliflower.
Servings Prep Time
4as main course 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Servings Prep Time
4as main course 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Cauliflower Carrot Soup
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This is one of those recipes that I have been making for years without ever actually having written it down. We call it Cauliflower soup - but the carrots play an integral part of this soup. The carrots give this a rich cheesy look without the cheese. Of course, it is delicious garnished with grated cheese if you would like. This is also excellent made with broccoli instead of cauliflower.
Servings Prep Time
4as main course 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Servings Prep Time
4as main course 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Ingredients
Servings: as main course
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Instructions
  1. Place the cauliflower in the top of a steamer basket - season with salt and 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning. Steam until tender.
  2. Melt the butter in a soup pot. Add onion, carrot and celery to the melted butter and simmer over medium heat until the onions are tender. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning over the vegetables. Stir and cook until the flour is cooked and is just starting to brown.
  3. Add 1/2 quart of chicken broth, stir constantly to form a smooth paste. Add remaining chicken broth, stir to combine and bring to a low simmer. Add steamed cauliflower. Cook for about 20 minutes or until carrot are very tender.
  4. Using a hand held immersion blender or potato masher - coarsely mash the vegetables to desired consistency. Stir in cream or milk if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese and fresh chives.
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Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, “Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?” Hence my “name” Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don’t bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


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