This triple delight soup is made with garlic, cauliflower and Romano cheese. Fresh cauliflower is pureed to make up the base of the soup and a fresh garlic paste is melted into the soup. The end result is thick, smooth and creamy. Like liquid velvet.
What do you top a garlicky soup with? More garlic, of course! A thick and crusty garlic bread crouton was a tasty topper to soak up the indulgent, intensely flavored broth.
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup carrot, minced
2-3 tablespoons Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh pepper
6-7 large cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
5 cups Cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
1 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan, shredded, plus extra for serving
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for serving
Saute the onion and carrot in a large sauce pan or soup pot with the Olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Smash the garlic cloves using a large knife or a mallet on a cutting board. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt. Using the flat side of a large knife mash it repeatedly until it forms a paste.
When the onion and carrot are tender add the garlic paste. Saute for a minute or two. Add butter, melt, add thyme, parsley, and flour. Continue cooking for about two more minutes while stirring. Add cauliflower and broth. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Turn off and remove from heat. Let cool for ten to fifteen minutes.
Remove two cups of the soup and puree in a blender or with a hand blender. Add back to soup along with cream or milk. Bring back to a simmer. Add Romano and stir until melted. Turn off heat. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, Romano cheese, and garlic bread.