This Creamy Cauliflower Ham Soup is a delicious comfort food meal to enjoy on those chilly Fall and Winter nights! It's a quick meal to make for a family dinner, and a great way to use up leftover ham!
1headcauliflower(chopped into even sized florets, or 2 12 oz frozen cauliflower packs)
4cupschicken broth(or vegetable broth)
1tspeach, salt & pepper(or to taste)
2cupsham(cooked, diced or cubed)
1cupmilk(whole or 2% milk recommended)
1/2cupcheddar cheese(optional, garnish)
1/2Tbspparsley(chopped - optional, garnish)
In a large stock pot, combine the cauliflower, garlic, broth, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes, or until fork tender.
Blend the soup using an immersion blender, or blender. Use precautions when handling the hot soup and blending (probably in batches). Return the blended soup to the stock pot, if needed.
Once blended, add the diced ham, milk and heavy cream. Warm over medium heat until the ham is warmed through.
Add a tablespoon pat of butter for extra richness, if desired. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Serve immediately. Garnish with grated cheese, fried diced ham or bacon, chopped parsley, or chopped chives.
I frequently opt for just using heavy cream for an incredibly rich, creamy soup. On the other hand, if I want to melt more cheese into my soup I opt for more milk. The cheese will thicken the soup plenty!Make your soup with roasted cauliflower for a deliciously different flavor!