Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Soup

There is something about soup that warms my heart, especially when the ingredients used are locally grown and nourishing. Today’s star ingredient is cauliflower, a cruciferous vegetable rich in vitamin C and potassium. It’s low in calories, but loaded with nutrients! More recently, cauliflower has been used as a potato replacement in order to get a very similar taste, but more nutritional value.

Speaking of potatoes, one of my favorite soups is cheesy baked potato soup topped with a mountain of bacon! This soup is known for its flavor, but also for its caloric intake. I’ve taken the classic cheesy baked potato soup and made some healthful modifications such as using cauliflower for (most of the) potatoes, Unsweetened SoL Sunflower Beverage for cream/milk, and taken out any unnecessary oils/fats. Don’t worry—this recipe will give you all of the Cheesy Baked Potato Soup great flavor, but be better for you!

Ingredients:
- 1 head of cauliflower (~4 cups)
- 5 small red potatoes, peeled
- ½ large yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded + more for topping
- 2 cups chicken/vegetable broth
- 1.5 cups Unsweetened SoL Sunflower Beverage
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- optional toppings: bacon, cheese, crackers, sour cream, green onions

*Yields 4 Servings

Method:
1. First prep your vegetables. Wash and remove cauliflower florets from stem, wash and peel potatoes, and finely dice ½ yellow onion.
2. In a large pot, place all vegetables, chicken broth, Unsweetened SoL Sunflower Beverage, salt, and pepper. Turn burner to high, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium and let simmer for about 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
3. Transfer soup into a large food processor (or if you have a small one, do it in batches) and process until smooth. Place soup back in pot and add in 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Stir until combined.
4. Serve hot with additional cheese and bacon.

Recipe and Photography Credited To: Lee Hersh

Lee is the recipe developer, photographer, and blogger behind the blog FitFoodieFinds. She is a local Minnesotan girl, sharing easy recipes that make healthy food taste good and look good! Follow FitFoodieFinds Blog, Twitter, and Facebook for more great recipes.

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