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:

The enchanted home said...

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!!

Maria Elena said...

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

Tete said...

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.

Suzan Sweatman said...

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

Renee said...

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).

Renee said...

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).

Lorraine said...

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

DearHelenHartman said...

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

Jettie said...

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

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

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

Debbie

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

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

Beth said...

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

Ron said...

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

Dolly Sarrio said...

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

Kim K. said...

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!

Gert said...

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

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

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

Shirley said...

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.

Ellie VanCaster said...

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...

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

how smart are you! sounds good.

Nonnie said...

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.

Anna Hanley said...

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

Mindy said...

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. :)

Tommie Jo said...

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

Lucille said...

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.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Amber said...

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!! ;)

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

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

Little Miss Maggie said...

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

Something Nice and Pretty said...

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

pembrokeshire lass said...

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

pembrokeshire lass said...

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

Holly said...

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

Sweet Tea said...

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

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

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

Allison said...

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

My Shabby Bungalow said...

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

Donna said...

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!

Nellie said...

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

Gayla said...

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

Red Rose Alley said...

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

Simple Pleasures said...

Hi Di,
All I can say is yum!
xoxo

ImSoVintage said...

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

joanne said...

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

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

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

koralee said...

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.

Cottage and Broome said...

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

Shelia said...

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

sweetvintageofmine said...

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

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

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

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

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

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

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

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

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

Infuse With Liz said...

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.

Annesphamily said...

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!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

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)

Anne said...

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

Celestina Marie said...

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

Cristina Garay said...

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

Zoey said...

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

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Di you put so much into your blogs.

Thanks for putting time into them.

I enjoy .