Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup
Michelle De La Cerda
Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup ~ The marriage of cauliflower-cheese soup and beer-cheese soup into one delicious pot full of golden goodness.
extra virgin olive oil
butter; divided 1:2
ribs of celery; chopped
head cauliflower: chopped
. cheddar cheese; grated
black pepper and salt; all to taste
In a large pot, saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in the butter and oil for 3 minutes.
Toss in the cauliflower and allow it all to cook together for an additional 3 minutes; stirring minimally, allowing the cauliflower to get some color.
Once the veggies have softened, add the broth, making sure to pull up all the stuck on bits at the bottom of the pan.
Boil until the vegetables are soft and easily puree-able; less than 10 minutes on medium high.
Using a food processor, blender, or immersion blender, puree until smooth. If using an immersion blender, remove the pureed soup from the pot, place it in a bowl and set aside.
In the pot, melt the butter and whisk in the flour until smooth.
Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure the roux is fully incorporated into the liquid.
Turn heat on to medium and return the soup back to the pot, mix well.
Add the beer, Dijon, paprika, 1/8 tsp of salt and pepper. Stir well.
Bring the soup to low simmer and slowly, by the handful, add the grated cheese and stir until it is melted and incorporated. Repeat until all the cheese as been added.
Once all the cheese has been added, taste for salt and pepper, add more if needed.
Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes and serve.
Garnish with parsley, bacon, croutons, or more cheese if desired.