Cauliflower Soup with Celery and Crispy Bacon …

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Cauliflower seems to be one of those vegetables you either love or you hate … there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground with it. I happen to love cauliflower and will eat it no matter how it’s served. My kids are a little fussier but will gobble it up if served with a white sauce and cheese. So when I created this recipe, I did prepare myself for the possibility that they might not enjoy it. While they initially turned their noses up when I served it, one mouthful and they were converted. To choruses of “Mum, I’m really loving this soup!” I could happily claim victory.


So if you’re kids don’t like cauliflower as a rule, don’t be afraid to give this recipe a go. But if the mere mention of the word “cauliflower” sends them in a spin, well then, just call it something else.


Cauliflower Soup with Celery and Crispy Bacon …
Ingredients ...
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 1 kg cauliflower, chopped into flowerettes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup light milk (or cream)
  • 6 shortcut bacon rashers, finely diced
Method ...
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add garlic and cook for 2 – 3 minutes on a gentle heat.
  2. Add onion and celery and cook until onion has softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add potato, cauliflower, bay leaf and chicken stock and simmer gently for approximately 10 – 12 minutes or until potato and cauliflower is just tender.
  4. Remove from heat, add salt and allow to cool a little.
  5. While the soup is cooling, add bacon to a small frypan and cook until crispy. You won’t need to add any extra oil, as the bacon fat will grease the pan.
  6. Use a blender or stick blender to blend soup until smooth. Add milk or cream and stir through.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls, top with crispy bacon and serve with some crusty bread which can also be toasted. If you like, sprinkle a little parmesan on the soup before serving.


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  1. I love cauliflower and always have. Lately I’ve been buying cauliflower a lot and have been roasting it along with a leg of lamb and even just steaming it and serving it with a little butter. They have been horribly expensive but the other day Harris Farm was selling then for about $2.00 so I snapped up a few. I next intend to make cauliflower soup and your recipe with the bacon looks perfect xx

    • They are normally really expensive but I found a beautiful, fresh cauliflower for only $1.50 and snapped it up … it’s the only time to buy them! x

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