Friday, April 09, 2010

Virtual Soup- Roasted Cauliflower with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Lynn M mentioned she'd like some soup sometime. It has turned frigid and damp with a wind full of teeth here today, soup sounds pretty darned good to me, too. I don't feel like making much beyond "boil some broth and stick some stuff in it" (I have a cold) but I started searching online, hoping to find some sort of website where I could brew virtual soup to send to friends.
I haven't found such a site (yet.. maybe I'll build one with Oscar sometime) but I DID find an excellent soup recipe to share today.
It comes from Ms Adventures in Italy, (as does the photo I totally skyped). Since Oscar can't have two of the main ingredients, when I make my version it will be quite different, and less decadent, but for today, for us, here is (directly copied from the website):
Note: My version of this “soup” is more of a vellutata (velvet-like) in that it’s quite dense. You can play with the density by adding more milk and broth to your taste.
1 head cauliflower
1 white or yellow onion
100g gorgonzola cheese
Vegetable or chicken broth, hot (about 2 cups)
1 cup whole milk
1 T. brown/cane sugar (or white, if you prefer)
Olive oil
-Cut cauliflower head into chunks and arrange on a cookie sheet/baking tray. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt/pepper/hot pepper or other spices as desired. Roast under the broiler for 20-30 minutes, checking continually that they aren’t burning and turning the pieces at least once during cooking.
While roasted cauliflower is roasting, slice the onion into rings and start to saute with a little olive oil. After 10 minutes, add the brown/cane sugar. Cook on medium-low heat for another 15-20 minutes.
After cauliflower has cooled (enough to handle), in a large bowl or pot, blend in broth with a wand blender and add some of the milk. Taste and add more broth/milk for the consistency you desire. It’s ok if the taste isn’t as strong as you’d like, remember that the onions and gorgonzola will add a lot of flavor.
Ladle the hot soup into bowls, and top with some of the caramelized onions and gorgonzola cut into small chunks."

All together now. Yummmmmmmmmmm......

At the bottom of the blog post she also listed more soups I want to try sometime:
Spicy Pumpkin Soup at Simple Recipes


Beverly said...

Lord, I can almost taste that soup! Don't like to cook, but I surely love to eat...if someone else cooks for me!

Leslie said...

Wowser, I am so going to give this one a try, yum!

Kym said...

Mmmmmmmm. Oh, you're so right about that wind full of teeth. Perfect description.

Yasmaen said...

I'm the same way. Lurve soup when it's bitter cold. People think it doesn't snow here in OK but it does. I'm going to have to try your cauliflower soup. The Mr. here thinks it's bland, but caramelized onions are anything but :)
After 6 years he's learned never to tell me I can't cook something in a way he'll like it.

LynnM said...

At least with virtual soup I don't drip on my shirt!