Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Bacon (dairy free)

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cauliflower soup recipe

Recipe: Creamy cauliflower soup with crispy bacon (dairy free)

Not another soup recipe, Irena!  Yes! It’s cold and miserable, and all I want to eat is warm soup. I whipped up this creamy cauliflower puree soup in under 30 minutes today.  It was delicate and fluffy with little crispy bacon candy adding texture and saltiness. The creaminess would fool you into thinking the soup is made with added white potatoes, butter and cream but it’s all cauliflower with a little trick.

Notes: 1) I consider this a dairy-free soup, even though ghee is used in the cooking. Ghee is a clarified butter which is almost entirely casein and lactose free, but if you’re concerned with even a tiniest amount of those things, feel free to use olive oil instead. 2) Adding a whisked egg cream at the end acts as a substitute to cream or butter which would normally be added to add fluffiness and creaminess to the dish. 3) You can make a vegetarian version by simply removing crispy bacon from the recipe. 4) It’s best to make your own vegetable or chicken stock but if you’re pressed for time and have to resort to pre-packaged stock, try to buy salt-reduced varieties so that you can control how much salt you add to your own taste. Plus, many full salt sauces and stocks have sugar added to balance out the flavour so it’s best to avoid those or make from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, core out and chopped roughly
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 cups salt reduced chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2/3 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced bacon
  • 1 tbsp ghee or 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • A little coconut or macadamia oil to fry bacon in

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee until medium hot. Sauté onion for 3-4 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  2. Add cauliflower, garlic and stock and bring to boil. Turn the heat down and cook covered for 8-10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, pan fry the bacon pieces until crisp.
  4. At an 8 minute mark, break one whole egg into a smaller saucepan or a metallic mixing bowl that will fit over the larger cooking saucepan. I used a smaller saucepan that I could hold over the steam from the cooking cauliflower soup. While holding the smaller saucepan close to the steam but not touching the simmering liquid, continuously whisk the egg for about 3 minutes until it gets frothy and smooth. It will look almost like a thickened yellowish cream. Set aside.
  5. Transfer cauliflower soup contents into a blender or food processor to puree until smooth. You can use a hand held puree blender as well. Add 2/3 teaspoon of sea salt and black pepper, process mixture until smooth. Then while the blender is still on, pour in the egg cream. Stop once everything is incorporated. Taste for salt.
  6. Serve with fresh herbs like chives, parsley or basil and crispy bacon sprinkled on top.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Number of servings : 2

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6 Comments

  1. Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I am in love with this soup! So creamy you would never guess it has no dairy. I used homemade bone broth and added avocado on top and it is delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. Posted March 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to say thanks for a great recipe. Made it for my girlfriend last night and didn’t think it’d be thick enough, but came out great after the egg and a quick blend. Simple to make and delicious. You’ve made a paleo soup convert out of me!

  3. Kristi
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Just finished cooking this soup, & I’m loving it! Can’t wait for my husband to come home for dinner. The texture is amazing! I’ve never made anything with an egg cream, & this cauliflower soup has me rethinking other soups in my repertoire. Found you via Pinterest.

    • imacri
      Posted June 7, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Very cool! Enjoy :)

  4. Michelle
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh my this was so, so, so good. I cooked the onion in the bacon fat and added chopped avocado to the finished product. Even my cauliflower hating husband ate 2 bowls!

  5. Posted July 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    This sounds delicious. I’m loving how popular cauliflower has become, it seems like it works with nearly every flavor! I’m sure it would make for a wonderful soup base. Thanks for sharing!

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