Baked Potato + Cauliflower Soup

I had a yet another head of wonderful cauliflower, and no idea what to do with it. A little googling lead me to a baked potato soup recipe where instead of all the cream and butter and half + half, a puree of cauliflower is used. This is a growing trend these days. I’ll take it!!
Baked Potato + Cauliflower Soup
(serves 5, adapted from Skinny Taste)
2 russet potatoes, washed and dried
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 tsp olive oil
1 small head of cauliflower, stem removed cut into florets
1 cup vegetable broth + 1/2 cups water (mix)
1 1/2 cups skim milk
salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste (a lot!)
Chopped green onions (or chives)
Shredded sharp cheddar


1. Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes and rough chop them a bit. (You can also microwave your potatoes, but I think the oven makes them taste better.)

2.In a frying pan, heat up the teaspoon of oil for a few seconds and drop in the diced onion. Cook until it is translucent, but don’t let it get brown. 

3. Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender (10-15 mins depending on how small you floret the cauliflower). Drain and return to pot. 
4. Warm up the milk in the microwave for one minute (just so it won’t curdle or anything funky)
5. On medium heat, add broth/water, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth (no chunks!).
6. Give it a taste. If you like sour cream and feel like it needs to be creamier, you can add 1/2 cup to the recipe at this point.
7. Salt and pepper it multiple times, this will give it a lot of flavor.
8. Remove from heat. Ladle soup into a bowl. Top each serving with sharp cheddar cheese and chopped chives. If you eat bacon, or fake bacon, feel free to add that too. 
This soup is not very photogenic, but it is pretty healthy and low in calories/fat… as long as you aren’t putting an entire brick of cheddar and/or bacon on top. You can also add whatever toppings you would to a regular baked potato to this soup to stir in… sour cream, red onion, greek yogurt, fritos, etc.

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