Carrot Tomato Cauliflower Chowder

So last night I experimented with one of those soup ideas that has been swimming in my head, wanna hear about it?….. If you insist:-) This was inspired by the broccoli cauliflower chowder we had several weeks ago.  I decided that if it works so well with those vegetables it should work well with a few others.  Despite the logic of my thought process, I was still nervous as I was finishing the soup.  My wonderful husband happened to run home for 90 seconds as I was finishing it.  I made him be my guinea pig.  He taste tested it from the pot and I sent him with some as he ran back out the door.  He approved of both!  He even called me after he finished the container I sent with him to tell me how much he liked it — isn’t that sweet?

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Now that it has been approved I feel much better about sharing it with others:-) So here you go!  Last night’s creation was steamed cauliflower and carrots pureed with some broth, onions, garlic, diced tomatoes and a potpourri of spices to go with it.

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I started with the cauliflower.  First I steamed the cauliflower and then add the softened vegetables to my blender (half the cauliflower in one batch and the rest in a second batch).  I added the sautéed onions and garlic to my second batch of steamed cauliflower.  When pureeing the cauliflower, or any vegetable, the ratio to remember is 1 cup of broth for every 3-4 cups of steamed vegetables.

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Once I had finished with the cauliflower I started on the carrots.  I ended up using an entire 2 lb bag.  That might be a little much for some families.  You can adjust the ratios to meet your needs and wants:-) After the carrots were peeled, then ends were removed and I had cut each one in half I began the process again. Steam and puree.  Steam and puree.  This time instead of adding onions and garlic to one of the pureeing batches I added in my diced tomatoes.

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I love mixing the color into the white.  It creates these beautiful swirls.  It may or may not be my favorite part of making these soups.  Who am I kidding?  It’s definitely my favorite part:-) After having my swirl fun I added in the lemon juice, cumin and chili powder.  Then it is a seasoning game with salt, pepper, onion salt and garlic powder.  Add a little at a time and then taste it before adding more.  (As I always say you can add more a lot easier than you can take it away.)  Can you tell that I have had some bad experiences with over seasoning?  Well if my experiences can spare another poor soul then I am happy to sing about it from the rooftops!

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This picture makes me feel like a little kid again.  This is finger painting for adults!

Carrot Tomato and Cauliflower Chowder (serves 3-4)

1 head of cauliflower

½ onion, diced

2 T garlic, minced

10-14 carrots

1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes

3-4 C chicken broth or any broth

1 T lemon juice

½ t cumin

½ t chili powder

Salt

Pepper

Onion salt

Garlic powder

Cilantro, garnish

Protein of choice *

  1. Chop you cauliflower and steam it until tender (I steamed it for 3-4 minutes in the microwave).  Put cauliflower into your blender; pair 1 cup of broth for every 3-4 cups of steamed vegetables.  Puree until smooth and creamy.  Pour contents of the blender into a large pot.
  2.  Sauté garlic and onions for several minutes or until soft.  Add them to one of your blender batches — it doesn’t matter which one.
  3. Peel carrots and chop them in half.  Steam them until soft and place them in blender.  Again add a cup of broth for every 3-4 cups of vegetables.  Add tomatoes to the blender with the carrots and puree until smooth.  Pour into your large pot.
  4. Stir the two together (so fun!) and add the lemon juice, cumin and chili powder.  Season with salt, pepper, onion salt and garlic powder to taste.  Chop up a little cilantro to garnish your soup.  Pair it with some protein and enjoy.

*  Adding a little protein will make this soup more filling.  It can be greek yogurt, bean, meat, eggs or any other protein that you can think of:-)

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We love it with a little cilantro garnish.  Just chop some up and throw it on top!

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2 thoughts on “Carrot Tomato Cauliflower Chowder

  1. holy cow. This looks fabulous! I’ve been looking for a new wonderful fall soup… cause I’m going fall soup crazy right now. So, thank you for feeding my cravings 🙂

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