French Fridays with Dorie: Creamy cauliflower soup sans cream (with carrots)

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Creamy cauliflower soup sans cream, p 68) was most definitely a serendipitous choice – not only did I have all the ingredients on hand but also some withering, odd-shaped carrots that needed using up (above).  The soup is a simple one – with onion, garlic, celery, cauliflower and thyme in a vegetable or chicken broth – and I figured a couple of carrots couldn’t hurt. In fact it gave the soup a lovely colour (I can’t imagine it without them, just kinda off white and a bit strange looking?) and some sweetness.

The “creamy sans cream” part really is true – it’s pretty creamy all by itself. But that didn’t stop me from serving it with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of thyme. I made a big pot of this and froze some for those nights when I just can’t face cooking and need something nourishing and warm. Not haute cuisine but satisfying, healthy and (when you add some carrots), a lovely cheery colour which we all need in these dark days of winter!

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41 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Creamy cauliflower soup sans cream (with carrots)

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 7, 2012 at 07:03 #

    I feel the same way about this soup, and am looking forward to adding a few other veggies next time. The color is wonderful! Have a great weekend Mardi!

  2. Liz December 7, 2012 at 07:09 #

    Whoa, what a gorgeous color! Carrots were a wonderful addition, Mardi! Happy Friday!

  3. Cher December 7, 2012 at 07:49 #

    Yes – this soup totally needed some “color love”. Very nice 🙂
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Paula December 7, 2012 at 09:09 #

    You certainly put those little carrots to good use!

  5. Jamie December 7, 2012 at 09:30 #

    I do love a recipe that can be twisted and altered at will. That’s what I love about soup, really. I do like the idea of a mix of cauliflower and carrot. Especially in the winter. No need for fancy…just warming and good.

  6. Ann Mah December 7, 2012 at 09:40 #

    Such a gorgeous vibrant color, Mardi! I love (white) cauliflower soup, too, especially sprinkled with parmesan but a dollop of crème fraîche is never a bad idea!

  7. Sara December 7, 2012 at 09:43 #

    I love the idea of adding carrots! I would actually consider making this soup again with that addition. It looks terrific!

  8. Marina@Picnic at Marina December 7, 2012 at 11:23 #

    The color of this soup puts a smile on my face. I can only imagine how good it is!

  9. Mary Hirsch December 7, 2012 at 14:52 #

    I opened up your Post, Mardi, and I thought…….”Say what?”. Then I got to the carrot part. That was a nice and pretty idea. I actually liked the pure white color but, in my Post photos, my soup came off as a light pink which is very, very gross. My complaint with this soup is that it wasn’t “cauliflowery” enough. But, it’s easy to make and I love not adding cream. Now that I realize “anything goes” with this soup, I will make it often just as a basic technique.

  10. Margaret December 7, 2012 at 17:14 #

    What a lovely color. Adding carrots was a great idea.

  11. Nana December 7, 2012 at 19:14 #

    I had two carrots left from making the daube and thought about using them in this soup
    but changed my mind. After seeing your photo I am sorry I didn’t. This is a wonderful soup
    and it seems as if almost everyone enjoyed it. Have a great weekend.

  12. Geraldine Saucier December 7, 2012 at 22:25 #

    The carrot did give the soup a lovely color. Great job.This was a tasty soup – I enjoyed it.

  13. Rose December 8, 2012 at 06:00 #

    Yours looks so nice and colorful. I love having soup in the freezer. Somehow, just knowing that it’s there gives me comfort.

  14. Maria December 8, 2012 at 09:01 #

    Hi Mardi! I adore the colour of your soup!! and the plate it’s like they were made for each other. Beautiful!!!! Have a great weekend!!

  15. Colette @ JFF! December 8, 2012 at 13:05 #

    Those carrots look home-grown and your sour cream looks like an eety-beety Christmas treeeee!

  16. Kathy December 9, 2012 at 19:53 #

    Oh I love the addition of the carrots…makes the soup look so pretty! Very lovely presentation!

  17. The Mistress of Spices December 10, 2012 at 10:13 #

    Lovely! Good idea to add carrots. I really need to get back into FFWD!

  18. Betsy December 10, 2012 at 21:14 #

    I love the color of your soup, Mardi. I will have to remember that for next time. I liked the straight cauliflower version, but a little more sweetness never hurt anything.

  19. Maggie December 11, 2012 at 09:48 #

    I love the color of this – orange is my favorite! I made a batch of the red kuri squash soup last week and it looks just like this actually!

  20. Teresa December 15, 2012 at 01:44 #

    The colour and sweetness of the carrots would improve this soup, I think. We enjoyed it as written, but it’s not my favourite cauliflower soup.


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