Creamy Leek & Cauliflower Soup

 

Serves: 6

Total time: 35 min

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed
  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower florets (from 1 medium head)
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 2 cups water (you can substitute with chicken broth for extra flavor)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower, 2 cups milk, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is soft, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup milk and flour in a small bowl. When the cauliflower is soft, remove the bay leaf and stir in the milk mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the soup has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese and lemon juice.

* you may want to season your individual serving with something spicy, like cayenne pepper or extra pepper, to add some more dimension to the flavor.

* for a nice texture and a salty contrast to the dairy, I cooked up a few slices of bacon and chopped them into small bits, sprinkling them on top.

Nutritional info for this prepared recipe, from Eating Well:

Per serving: 186 calories; 11 g fat ( 5 g sat , 3 g mono ); 27 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 10 g protein; 2 g fiber; 488 mg sodium; 198 mg potassium.

Vitamin C (45% daily value)

Calcium (27% dv),

Vitamin A (15% dv).

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