This modest looking dish in my bowl belongs with the very best of soups, at least on my favorite list. I am very fond of soups, to such an extent that it is hard to pick a favorite, when I for example eat salmon soup, it is the best soup ever – and the next time when eating soup made of smooth pork sausages, it is even better than the one made of salmon… and so on.
As with all soups, cauliflower soup is quite easy to make and it doesn’t need too many ingredients. You can of course add bacon, smoked reindeer or smoked salmon if you want to have a slightly different taste or a bit more filling soup.
“Koskenlaskija” is quite old, very well known and a much used traditional processed cheese here in Finland. Hard to say if you can find anything quite like it in other countries, but you can try with any kind of not-spiced creamy processed cheese.
PORTION: 4 persons
TIME TO MAKE: about 30-40 minutes
- 1 small or medium-sized cauliflower
- 1 yellow onion
- 100 g processed cheese
- 3 dl (0,2 cups) cream
- 1 bouillon cube
- 2 tablespoons of wheat flours/ 1l water
- 2 tablespoons of finely cut parsley
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- salt and pepper (on your own taste)
Peel off the papery skin of onion and chop it.
Cut the cauliflower in quite small pieces. Heat the kettle and put some oil, onions and cauliflower in. Let them cook about two minutes and then add flour (and some more oil, if needed) and roll it quickly with the onion and cauliflower pieces. Add water slowly: keep stirring all the time and stop adding water when the soup is as thick as you want to have it.
After that add the bouillon cube and let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes on a low heat stirring every now and then so that it won’t burn. Then add cream and cheese – remember to add the cheese in small amounts and taste often so that you get the taste you prefer. Too much for one person can easily be too little for someone else after all.
Finally, add some lemon juice and parsley. If needed, you can also add some salt and ajust a little of black pepper. And there it is, a delicious soup all ready to eat!