Cauliflower Soup with Brown Butter

November 2005
Cauliflower Soup with Brown Butter

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This soup contains healthful vegetables that are high in fiber, low in calories and rich in nutrients. The almonds add heart-healthy fat, and the lemon and parsley are full of vitamin C.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

  • Sea salt
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 head of cauliflower (2 pounds), separated into florets
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium or 2 large leekstough green parts discarded, the remainder thinly sliced and thoroughly rinsed
  • 1 quart vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and the lemon juice. Add the cauliflower florets and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Drain the cauliflower in a colander and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the leeks and stir to coat. Season with salt and cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent the leeks from browning. Transfer the leeks and cauliflower to a blender or food processor and puree with some of the stock.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the almonds and lower the heat, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat when the butter stops foaming, the crackling sound stops and it turns a butterscotch color, 5 minutes. Drain the butter immediately into a 6-quart soup pot, reserving the almonds on a plate.
  4. Stir the cauliflower-leek puree into the brown butter. Add the remaining vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Season the soup to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Serve the soup garnished with the almonds and parsley.