Cauliflower Chowder

IMG_0655Hello all–  Wish I could invite you to sit down with a cup of this warming soup.  It’s the kind you’d like to sit and talk over with friends.

The real truth is –it’s not really soup weather here yet in So. California– but I’m tired of waiting and it’s the end of October for Pete’s sake!!  So we’re eating soup.  I love making a big pot and having lunch leftovers to take to school.  So here’s to soup– even when its 85 degrees outside!

4 slices bacon, cut into bits
3 tab. butter
1 onion, minced
2 carrots, cut into chunks
3 cloves garlic
1 head cauliflower, cut into nice chunks
1/3 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

garnish–the bacon, green onion, shredded cheddar
Cut the bacon into small bits and drop it into a hot soup pot to brown.  When it’s crispy, remove it from the pan to drain on a paper towel.

While that’s cooking, trim the cauliflower and cut it into bite size bits.

Then after the bacon’s cooked, wipe out the pot with a paper towel and melt the butter in the bottom of the pot.  Drop in the onion and cook until it starts to become translucent.

Add in the carrots, garlic and cauliflower.  Cook it for 4 or 5 minutes more until they are softened.

Sitr the flour into the pot to coat all the vegetables.  Then slowly pour in the chicken broth and the milk, stirring to help it all thicken.  Season the pot with salt and pepper to taste.

And let it all simmer on low heat until the cauliflower and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes more.

Spoon the hot soup into bowls and garnish it with the cheddar, bacon and sliced green onions.  Hearty and hot!!

14 thoughts on “Cauliflower Chowder

  1. Oh goodness! This is a keeper recipe. I can’t seem to stop buying cauliflower. Every week I pick up another one. I better hurry up and make this before the guys ask me to stop cooking with cauliflower! 🙂

  2. Rhonda ~
    This sounds wonderful…just in time for the up coming rainy, blustery weather. Beautiful leaves are turning bright red, orange, yellow, burgandy and brown. As they float to the ground they begin to softly blow in the wind, getting carried along the street and through everyones yards. The crunch under my feet is so much fun while listening to them swirl around and around. Then I take in a deep, deep breath accented by the unmistakable scent of fall. God’s world is so lovely. Just a few more reasons to be thankful! Thank you Rhonda for another helping of thankfulness from your 1000th blog! 🙂

    • thanks bunches Brenda– have you come back down to earth after the ArtPrize?!! It was so amazing to watch it all from here. What a blessing and so much ahead for Gretchyn! You raised an amazing daughter…

  3. Sadly life goes on and one does return to everyday life…for Gretchyn that meant a clogged toilet from one of her students and recently a little mouse wanting to become her roomie 😛

    It was a whirlwind of excitement from beginning to end. She is now faced with the task of selling the painting and continuing with her classes and teaching.

    We are presently trying to sell our house (ugh). But having 3 wonderful children helps to take the sting out of life’s ups and downs. We are expecting another grandbaby in May, so that will bring even more joy. We were hoping to come to Cali a few weeks back but plans fell through. So until we can meet over tea and something baked, I will content myself by enjoying your posts full of pictures of family, food, book reviews and spiritual thoughts. Blessings to you dear one. I keep you in my prayers.

    • Brenda– you are having a monumental autumn!! From selling the house ( I love, love you house!!) to a new baby! That’s sweet news. I DO wish you were heading out to CA. I’m planning a Chicago trip on spring breaks– Is there a train to Rockford? It would be wonderful to sit and catch up with you again…

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