curried roasted cheddar cheese cauliflower soup, gluten free

When I'm in need of inspiration, I frequently walk the farmers markets. It's a very sensual experience. I smell the different herbs, the flowers, and even the kettle corn. I feel the rough edges of a prickly cucumber, the smooth flesh of an heirloom tomato, and the fuzzy skin of a ripe peach. And of course the colors of freshly plucked fruits and veggies are vibrant with life.

Experiencing all that our farmers markets have to offer is usually enough to get my creative juices going. 

Sometimes I will spot an ingredient and run through 50 million things I want to make with it, and other times I know right away. At last week's farmers market Patrick was the one who spotted the trio of acid-colored cauliflower. He snapped the above picture on his iphone and sent it to me. I was shocked at the colors! So brilliant! I did a mental check of everything else we had at home and requested he pick one to bring home for soup. 

Once home I learned the name of the beautiful orange bouquet was called a cheddar cheese cauliflower. I should have known. It almost looked as if it had been coated in Cheeto cheese powder.

I tasted a bit raw, and sadly it didn't taste like cheddar cheese. Still I thought it would work amazingly in a curried soup. 

The resulting soup was intensely creamy, rich and satisfying. The curry works really well with coconut milk and made me think of those thick North Indian sauces I'd come to love. Perfect on a cool evening. 

curried roasted cheddar cheese cauliflower soup, gluten free

ingredients

  • 1 head of cheddar cheese cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 small bunch of organic carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of curry powder
  • 2 14-oz cans chicken stock
  • 2 10-oz cans coconut milk
  • salt and pepper

method

Toss cauliflower and carrots in olive oil and maple syrup. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Using a spatula try to flip the cauliflower and carrots around in the pan so it browns evenly on both sides. Return to the oven for 15 more minutes. Reserving a few cauliflower pieces for garnish, transfer cauliflower, carrots, and drippings to a large stock pot. On medium-low heat, saute the carrots with onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. Add in the curry powder and stir to combine. Pour in chicken stock and coconut milk. Cook for about 30 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it is the desired consistency. Taste. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with fresh herbs(optional) and whole roasted cauliflower pieces.

 

This recipe is part of this month’s Let’s Lunch theme of farmers market inspired dishes. Before you go, check out my fellow lunchers’ posts below. And if you’d like to join us, go to Twitter and post a message with the hashtag #Letslunch, or post a comment below.

Comments

No Cheeto flavor? Curry sounds pretty good, too. The combination of those colors of cauliflower reminds me of Mardi Gras!

Roasting is my absolutely favorite way with cauliflower, and you've given me something else to do with it. Thanks so much!

Mmmmyumyum, this looks delish! And crazy Cheeto-coated cauliflower, too!

I have never seen purple cauliflower before! Clearly I need to be going to your farmers' market! That soup looks amazing...thanks for sharing! xx

I have never seen purple cauliflower before! Clearly I need to be going to your farmers' market! That soup looks amazing...thanks for sharing! xx

Dazzling images, and I love the sound of this soup. That was sneaky of them to name it 'cheddar' when it's a color-thing. BUT coming home with it was a good thing, regardless. Carrots and maple syrup? Sounds so good.

Those are gorgeous cauliflower! And the soup sounds divine!

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