Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Potato Soup (psssst...something's hidden in it!)

When I saw this post at Bloom Where You're Planted about subbing out potatoes for cauliflower in potato soup, I thought it was a fantastic idea. I am always trying to fit more vegetables in wherever I can, and although Potato Soup is yummy, I always feel a little reluctant to serve it because....well it's JUST potatoes! (and cream, too!)

So I thought I'd ease my way into it. I replaced one large potato in my favorite Potato Soup recipe from Paula Deen with 2 cups of chopped frozen cauliflower.

The verdict?
I didn't spill the beans....or the cauliflower..... until we were halfway into our first bowl of soup. My husband was surprised, and loved the idea of an extra vegetable being in there when he couldn't tell. Next time I'll add even MORE and maybe puree up a couple cups of cauliflower in the food processor and add them too.

Fake-me-out Potato Soup

1/2 stick butter
1 small onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced about the same size as the onion
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed (or approx 2 large potatoes)
2 cups frozen cauliflower, thawed and chopped
4 cup milk: whole, reduced fat (2%), or low fat (1%)
2 chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup hot milk
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

crumbled bacon bits, for garnish
grated sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish
sprig of dill, optional garnish

In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion and carrots until both are slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, cauliflower, milk, and dissolved bouillon cubes. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft and some of them have begun to dissolve into mush. Add the half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Serve soup sprinkled with bacon bits and grated cheddar cheese.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 


  1. Thanks! glad you enjoyed it, I'll have to try your recipe next :) Bloom where you're planted!

  2. Looks great! I'll have to give it a try!