My goodness was that extra hour of sleep totally enjoyed! As our honeymoon ended, and I found myself preparing for reality, I just craved comfort. This soup is made with a roasted cauliflower base and hearty enough to be eaten on it’s own or accompanied by a green leafy salad.
Cauliflower leek Soup with Bacon
3/4 head cauliflower, roasted
1/2 Leek Stalk, sliced
4-5 Slices of bacon, chopped
1 T Olive Oil
3 T Garlic Cloves
1 Bay Leaf
2 T Coconut Aminos
3 C Chicken Broth
1/2 C water
1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 t Apple cider vinegar
** For a vegetarian modification, omit bacon, substitute vegetable broth, and increase leeks by using 1 whole leek.
In a skillet, begin by warming olive oil on medium-high heat. Saute leeks, bacon, and garlic for 5 minutes or until bacon becomes semi crispy. Add 1/2 cup of water, coconut aminos, and apple cider vinegar. Continue cooking on lower heat for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
While your leeks and bacon cook, combine roasted cauliflower, coconut milk, and broth in a soup pot and bring to a slight boil stirring often to avoid burning. The next step can be done two ways.
- With an immersion blender, blend cauliflower and broth together creating a thicker, creamier consistency.
- Transfer cauliflower and broth to a blender and blend until consistency is that of a cream based soup.
Once blended, return soup to stove. Slowly add all sauteed ingredients from the skillet into soup pot being cautious of heat. Add bay leaf and cook on low for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove bay leaf and top with sliced leeks and crispy bacon.
This soup will last in your fridge for up to 4 days but will most likely separate. If possible, reheat soup on stove top whisking it back into one incorporated soup. If not, microwave until warm, stir/ whisk with a fork, and microwave again for 30 seconds.
This has by far been my favorite creation because I absolutely love soup this time of year and Caleb was involved with every taste along the way. Originally, this recipe did not include bacon but, because it lacked an element, Caleb was convinced bacon was the missing key. Low and behold, his quick trip to the store was our saving grace because it worked. Naturally, I must brag on my husband, he rocks and pretty much made this soup for what it is– delicious.