Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cheater's Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Are you a cheater?
Does your spouse or significant other know?
C'mon- Now is the time to fess up!

 I admit it.
I am a cheater.
Well, maybe not in the way
that you think!
My family thinks I slave away for hours
preparing my super delicious (ahem) meals.
Well,  I am here to tell you that 
sometimes cheating is a 
GOOD THING.
Seriously!
Take the case of 
Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Do I start with a fresh head of cauliflower?
Do I wash it and cut it and steam it?
No! I! Do! Not! 
This is how I start MY SOUP!
Ha!
I microwave it as per instructions on the package.
While that is microwaving
I take 1/3 cup of butter and melt it 
in a sauce pan.  
Then I stir in 1/3 cup flour with a whisk.
After stirring for a few minutes
I add 2 cups of milk and 
2 cups of chicken broth
2 Tablespoons of onion flakes.
and cook and stir for about 5 minutes
until thickened.
While that is cooking I put the bag of
Cheesy Cauliflower in the blender 
and process until smooth-
(We like ours a bit chunky). 
Then throw it into the crockpot
along with the soup mixture from the pot.
Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar and 
cook on low until cheese is completely melted.

This is SO good on a cold winter's day.
If you want it even thicker 
you can stir a few 
dried potato flakes into the crockpot.
You will get rave reviews.

Ladle it up and throw a 
few cut up green onions on top
to make it purdy!
Serve with a side salad and crusty bread.
Listen, make sure you throw a little 
water on your forehead so that it
looks like you have been slaving 
over a hot stove all day.
It really gives you a lot more
credibility....
not that 
I would ever do anything like THAT!

Here's the recipe:

Cheesy Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Micowave 1 family size bag of 3 cheese cauliflower veggies
While that is microwaving:
Melt 1/3 cup butter
Stir in 1/3 cup flour (I use Wondra but reg flour will do)
Slowly add: 2 cups Swanson’s Chicken Broth
                    2 cups milk (or ½ and ½ )
Stir in:  2 Tablespoons onion flakes (or onion powder to taste)
Cook for a few minutes until thickened and bubbly
Using blender- puree bag of cheesy cauliflower then put in crockpot
Add soup mixture from stove top
Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cook on low until cheese is melted and ready to serve
If you want thicker soup stir in potato flakes until you reach desired consistency

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62 comments:

  1. LOVE how you think! This sounds, looks and I bet tastes sooooo good. My husband loves cauliflower soup so think I will have to "slave" over the, love the water tip too.....clever and cute!!

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  2. You are my hero!!! :) Thank you for this easy recipe!

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  3. Just like the lady in the rice crispie treat commercials! I knew you were too good to be true! LOL
    I cannot have this anymore and my guys would never touch cauliflower, ever. I would have done it before. I put it in my veggie soup, though, and I wash mine and cut it up all by myself! This is one thing I will buy frozen, depends on the price of it and fresh. I never buy frozen broccoli because I do not like the stems!
    Have a good one and eat some of that for me.

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  4. What a great idea - and I don't even have to throw water on my forehead - dragging the blender out is enough to make this menopausal mama sweat profusely LOL.
    XOX

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  5. Your soup looks so yummy. I like recipes like that.

    (I saw the news about your brother at The House in the Roses just wanted to say how sorry I am).

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  6. Your soup looks so yummy. I like recipes like that.

    (I saw the news about your brother at The House in the Roses just wanted to say how sorry I am).

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  7. I am liking the results of this cheater recipe :) How purdy it looks with the green onion on top!

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  8. What? I have never had cauliflower soup, or heard of it! I love learning new stuff!

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  9. LOL yes, be sure and sprinkle some water on that forehead...
    I made chicken friend rice last night, straight from the microwave...

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  10. This looks great Diana! Will definitely be giving this one a try. Thanks for passing it along!

    Debbie

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  11. Oh boy does that sound good. I prefer creamy soups myself. Of course I would as they are creamier. Yum!!

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  12. This sounds really good. I have never had cauliflower soup before. I would like to try it. Thank you!

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  13. You think like me. LOL! I will be using this recipe soon. xo

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  14. Diana,
    Thank you for sharing a very delicious recipe with us! Yummy I am going to make it and share your post!

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  15. Today is going to be a soup day at our house. This looks like another one I need to add to my "secret" stash. Love easy!

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  16. Oh my gosh..I want to come to your house! This looks amazing...especially on a cold winter day like today ...

    I'll be right over ...😉
    Gert

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  17. Dianna,
    My mouth is watering just looking at this but i can no longer eat things like this ....
    My IBS would kick in with a vengenance and you know where I would be spending the rest of the day.....

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, there is a lot of irish in Pa.

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  18. Good Morning Diana, Your soup looks so yummy. We started our day at a -4, don't know the wind chill, just rolled over in bed and went back to sleep. Your soup looks yummy. On a cold day any kind would do or a pot of stew with hot biscuits. Cooking for one is a bummer, but Marie Callender's and I get do very well. I just wish you could get a smaller bags of salad mix, spinach, and that kind of thing. Have a great day. Many Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

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  19. Great recipe-I love cauliflower so I'm absolutely going to do this one. I love that Sandra (i think) chef who does semi-homade-noone ever suspected my chili, which won a prize, is cheater chili! That is how I like to roll...

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  20. You are a tricky lady for sure!!! :-) I will have to try this because the cauliflower would blend in so well with the cheese, that DH would never know there is a veggie in there. He eats around the broccoli in the broccoli cheese soup.

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  21. Oh, my that sounds so good! My kind of cooking. Yummy! Hugs, Anna

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  22. Ha! I love it! I'm headed to the grocery store this morning (booo), I just may have to pick up a bag of your secret soup mix. :)

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  23. You are too funny! That soup sounds delish! I have plans for cream of potato soup for tonight & can't wait! Love creamy soups!~TJ

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  24. My goodness, Diana, that looks delicious. It's also a good idea if someone decides to drop in unexpectedly for supper. I must get the ingredients and try this. It's also very nourishing. The soup is full of calcium.

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  25. Ah you, you ....cheater...lol.

    Way to go girl...and that does look delish.

    Now I am going to make it, but I am going to have to "cheat" a bit by using a real cauli...because I can't find that product here in Canada...but don't worry, I won't tell.

    Jen

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  26. This doesn't look like cheating to me...it still looks like work.
    Opening a can is cheating!!
    xxoo

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  27. Looks yummy! I wish I had more family members that like cauliflower as much as I did. You know those veggie plates? Yeah, the only thing left over is always the cauliflower. Ah, phooey! I'll make it for ME!! ;)

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  28. OOOH- so Cheezy and easy!!! Thanks for the secret!!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

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  29. There is nothing better than hot soup in the winter time. This sounds wonderful and it's my kind of shortcut.

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  30. That does look good Diana! So easy too! I'll have to remember about the water on the forehead thing if I try this.lol

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  31. Hint....you also need to make sure that you don't leave your 'outer on so that the family don't see Nana Diana's blog! Oops....guess what I did?! Joan

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  32. Hint....you also need to make sure that you don't leave your 'outer on so that the family don't see Nana Diana's blog! Oops....guess what I did?! Joan

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  33. Now, that's my kind of recipe and I LOVE soup!! 'Got any good gazpacho soup recipes?

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  34. OOOOO, you're my kinda cook.
    Gonna have to print this out and give it a try. It sounds YUMMY!!

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  35. Oh this sounds good and easy too! And I love soup - my favorite lunch! I'm pinning!

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  36. Yum!! I love knowing little "tricks" like this...totally not cheating! :)

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  37. Oh my gosh, this looks sooo good!!! My family would LOVE it! I am so trying it. Thank you so much for this recipe. With all my kids, I need easy, lol!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  38. Yum-O! This sounds so good, Diana! I'll never let your secret out:) I'll have to try this, I love soup, and I love cheese too. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. What a tasty soup, Diana! No doubt your family appreciates it as well!
    xo Nellie

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  40. This looks delicious. I'm thinking I could make this and surprise my mother! I am hungry for some right now!

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  41. Diana,
    You're always cooking something special in the kitchen. This cheesy cauliflower soup looks so yummy. My husband loves soups in the winter, and I don't make them as much as I should. My mom always had a bowl of soup cooking on the oven. Those were the days. Have a fun weekend, Diana.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  42. I'll be right over for leftovers, because I am too lazy even for the fabulous cheater version. :)

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  43. that sounds doable! I love a recipe with a few short cuts and then let everyone think that you worked all day...viola!

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  44. My cheatin self it going to make this .............. I love that you cheat.. We are not alone !!! LOL

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  45. ok...I am such a cheater and would love to cheat with you but I am not sure we have such a thing as cheese frozen cauliflower up here in Canada..but I am sure going to do some checking around....would love to make your soup my friend. xoxo Hugs.

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  46. Your soup looks delicious!!! Will have to give it a try, thanks for sharing, Laura

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  47. Nummy nummy! This soup looks so good and I know I could make it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  48. This looks delish!.....you cheater you!! LOL! LOVE YOUR STYLE! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  49. Yum and Yum!
    I love a shortcut to a good soup!
    Thanks!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

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  50. OMG - it looks so good! I am going to make that - love a great bowl of soup.
    Thanks for sharing - your the best!
    Mary

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  51. Looks Glad your a cheater cause I love your recipes...thanks for sharing!
    :)
    Cindy

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  52. Ooops...Something happened to the YUMMY, "Looks YUMMY!" :)

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  53. Yum! Hey- that cauliflower was freshly frozen and plenty good! I'm all for a little cheating here and there! Oops my secret us out too!! Hearty soups always taste so good in the winter.

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  54. When I feel better I will try this! I have a really cool steamer/rice cooker so I like to steam my fresh veggies! Doesn't take long at all! : )

    I have flu junk! Gee, we were sick with cold stuff and now this! SO much for the flu shot! Too many strains to contain it I guess!

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  55. I am a total cheater when it comes to cooking. This recipe is right up my alley! I love that it goes in the crock pot too. Definitely a keeper. :o)

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  56. Oh yes I cheat a bit when it comes to cooking.
    This sounds and looks so good!We love broccoli and cheese soup.This would be just as delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this!
    xx
    Anne

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  57. Hi Diana, this is wonderful. I am going to keep this on file for my company. Sounds so good and quick too.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  58. This would be a winner with my family! We are soup lovers, all that cheese, Whooo Hoooo Love it!

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  59. Looks delicious, Diana. Sandra Lee has nothing over on you!

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  60. Di you put so much into your blogs.

    Thanks for putting time into them.

    I enjoy .

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