Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

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Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

Course: Soups
It’s pouring outside and you need soup. Not a thin, watery one, but a thick, unctuous potage loaded with flavor. Welcome to your one-pot, pan-roasted, sweet and smoky super-satisfying bowl of soup.
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 1 Yellow or white onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 large Carrots or 5 smaller
  • 1 head Cauliflower or 2 if small
  • 5 cups Vegetable broth
  • 6 ounces Smoked gouda
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • Pepper and additional salt to taste

Instructions

  • Dice or slice your onion, peel the garlic and slice the carrots (once for small carrots and in fourths, lengthwise, for larger ones. Prep the cauliflower by cutting in half, them removing the stem and cutting the head into smaller (2-3″) pieces.
  • Pour the oil in a large saute pan or Dutch oven. Turn the heat to medium and add the onion to sweat them. Add the garlic after about a minute or so, followed by the carrots. Add the cauliflower and stir. Cook this all for about 5 minutes, adding thyme, salt and pepper. You’ll get a great deal more flavor in the soup if you allow the carrots and cauliflower to get some color.
  • Pour your broth into the pan and cover. Simmer until the carrots are tender. Taste and season accordingly.
  • Place all the contents of the pan into a blender and process with 3 ounces of the cheese (this is optional, but you’ll thank us in the end), adding more broth if you want to thin it out.
  • Serve warm or pour into individual mugs or ramekins. Top with cheese and place under the broiler or toaster oven to melt the cheese.