Cauliflower Soup with Crème Fraîche

Cauliflower Soup with Crème Fraîche - Just the TipWho knew you could make crème fraîche at home? Seriously, who did and didn’t tell me?? I went to a cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine not too long ago and my brain exploded when I learned about this. I love crème fraîche so so so much (here’s another good application for it), but I rarely buy it because it is kind of expensive. It’s super easy to make, as is this soup, and it’s wicked delicious together. This might make a cauliflower lover out of haters – it has with us!

Cauliflower Soup with Crème Fraîche
Serves 4-6

For the soup:

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets (could sub broccoli, carrot, etc – whatever you want!)
  • 5 cups water or broth (I used chicken broth this time, but I’ve tried it with just water and it’s still delicious!)
  • salt, pepper
  • herbs for garnish (chives, parsley, thyme, etc.)
  1. Heat the olive oil and butter over low heat in a large pot. Sweat the onion for 10-15 minutes without letting it brown.
  2. Add the cauliflower, season with salt, and pour over 1/2 cup of water/broth. Raise the heat to medium and cover the pot. Let the cauliflower cook for 15-18 minutes until tender.
  3. Add the remaining water/broth, bring to a low simmer, and cook uncovered for 20 more minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until very smooth and creamy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, just transfer the soup to a blender and puree in batches.
  5. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche (see below), a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of herbs.

For the crème fraîche:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  1. Combine the cream and buttermilk in a medium bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Let it sit out on the counter until thickened but pourable — 12-16 hours. Stir and refrigerate for up to a week.

Cauliflower Soup with Crème Fraîche - Just the Tip

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