Cauliflower Cheese & Broccoli Soup

… the perfect treat on a cold and rainy week-end.  Some days, like today, all I want is to recharge the batteries and do as little as possible.  On these days, there’s nothing better than being able to rely on a super healthy recipe such as this one.

This recipe is one I have found whilst browsing through our forever growing collection of recipe books.  It is one of Delia Smith‘s recipes, taken from her book Delia’s how to cheat at cooking.  As it happens this is not really a cheat’s recipe, unless you think that using ready prepared cauliflower and broccoli florets is cheating, which  I don’t, especially on a lazy Saturday evening!

I am very peculiar with soups but the first time I tasted this one, I liked it so much I talked about it for two days, annoying everyone in the process!  This soup has won all my family over, because it is tasty, fresh, healthy and it does have that homely feel we crave this time of the year. What’s more, it is on the cheap side, suitable for vegetarians and if you’re like me and always keep a good stock of frozen vegetables in the freezer, you’re more or less guaranteed to have all the ingredients at hand whenever you feel like having a hot bowl of soup.

Now to the ‘making of’: the original recipe mentions using Parmesan cheese although you can use whatever you have at home… I have tried it with mature Cheddar and it was a real hit.  We love cheese in our house so I use more than what the recipe recommends (2 slightly rounded tablespoons) and I am also quite generous with the cauliflower and broccoli florets.

Apart from these minor changes, I follow the recipe to the letter, to the delight of my other half who lets me face one dilemma: shall I make a second batch and freeze it for another day?  I have got the feeling that even if I did, the second portion wouldn’t make it to the freezer anyway!

Fancy having a go?  Then spread some butter on a generous slice of bread, get your saucepan out and enjoy Delia’s Cauliflower Cheese & Broccoli Soup

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