Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creamy Bacon, Leek, and Cauliflower Soup


Another thing I'm making a LOT of while Billie is away. 

Billie isn't crazy about soup. 

(Something about not being filling or not enough protein...) 

Well, not for this girl! I love soup. Thick, creamy soup. Even when it's 97 degrees. 

Speaking of, can it please be Fall soon?

Recipe copied from: Apron Strings Blog 

5 slices bacon
2 large leeks, chopped and thoroughly cleaned
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
3 large shallots, minced
4 cups chicken stock
approx. ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
sriracha sauce, at your discretion
*I added canned coconut milk, because I ran out of broth and the soup was SO thick. I also added thyme. Just because.

Place bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium high and cook until crispy and browned on both sides. Remove bacon, leaving the rendered fat in the pan, roughly chop and set it aside. Add leeks and shallots to pot and saute together for a good 8 to 10 minutes.

Stir in cauliflower and cook for another 2-3 minutes before adding the chicken stock.   Bring mixture to a boil and then immediately reduce to simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes,until cauliflower starts to soften.

Add most of the bacon back in, reserving a little for garnishing purposes. Same goes for the parsley – add most of it, save a little for topping each bowl. Add salt, apple cider vinegar, and pepper, then purée either with an immersion blender or by batches in a regular blender. Seasonings adjusted to taste.

Garnish with reserved bacon and parsley, sriracha if desired.

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