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#SouperSaturday: Cheesy Cauliflower Potato Soup

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I don’t know about y’all, but I have had the hardest time staying warm this winter!

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Temperatures outside have varied so widely,
{t-shirts one day, mukluks the next!}
and because our house is 100+ years old, it’s so stinkin’ drafty!

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We’ve spent the winter holed up in two rooms huddled under piles of blankets,
doors closed, and space heaters running.
And that’s barely taken the edge off!

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Because of all this bone-chilling cold, all I seem to be craving is soup.
Warming, hearty, soul-satisfying soup.


I could honestly eat soup for almost every meal
{breakfast might be a bit of a challenge…scrambled egg soup? Gross!}
but when given an option, soup is generally the choice I’ll make.

{Because I couldn’t resist, I just Googled breakfast soup recipes. I’m oddly intrigued…}

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I knew I wanted to do a play on Baked Potato Soup,
but I’m trying to limit carbs on my weight loss journey.
{I’m a terrible carb-o-holic}

So…in an effort to counteract those carby-potatoes
{mmmmm…potatoes}
I tried to add in as many other veggies as I could, to round out the nutrient content.

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Cauliflower has become my new favorite go-to veggie
(along with her cousin, Brussels Sprouts)
{Did you know they were related? I didn’t til I Googled it}
So, I decided to toss a whole head of cauliflower into this soup!
{My Weight Watchers leader would be so proud!}

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Since it contained all the other yummy goodness expected with potato soup
(bacon, scallions, and sharp cheddar cheese),
my kids never even knew the cauliflower was in there!

SCORE!
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It came together super quick, made the house smell awesome,
and was even better as leftovers!


The best part? It’s only 5 SmartPoints per delicious 1 cup serving!
Top that with a can of Campbells or Progresso!

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Now that I know you’re ravenous,
{and probably drooling on your keyboard},
I’ll wrap this up so you can get cookin’!
Here’s the printable recipe or you can always find it here on my ‘eats‘ page.

Cheesy Cauliflower Potato Soup
 
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On a cold winter day, you need an easy, delicious soup to warm you right up! This soup is everything you've been looking for! Hearty, comforting, and figure-friendly!
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves- diced
  • 2 stalks of celery- chopped finely
  • 3 Tbsp. Flour {I used whole wheat flour-it's what I had on hand}
  • 3 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes- diced into chunks
  • 1 head of cauliflower- diced into chunks
  • 2 cups 2% milk {don't substitute milk here- you need the fat}
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese- divided {I used 2% cheese here}
  • Chopped green onions
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Crisp up your bacon in a large pot/dutch oven- rendering out the fat. {Omit this if you're making it vegetarian- just replace with 2 tsp. EVOO}
  2. Remove bacon from pan with slotted spoon & drain on paper towels. DO NOT DISCARD THE FAT!
  3. Add onion, garlic, and celery to pot- stir to coat in bacon fat. Season with a pinch of salt and 2 pinches of pepper. Cook until fragrant & translucent.
  4. Sprinkle flour over vegetables & cook 1-2 minutes until flour has incorporated.
  5. Toss in potatoes & cauliflower and let them get a nice sear on them. {This step isn't necessarily necessary!}
  6. Add chicken broth and milk- bring to a boil. (Be careful not to scald your milk!}
  7. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are fork tender (approx. 15 minutes).
  8. When the vegetables are tender, remove from heat & toss in 5 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese. {Cheese can curdle if added while heat is still on. Be careful!}
  9. Using an immersion or countertop blender, blend your soup. {Be sure and leave a few chunks for texture- no one wants baby food!}
  10. Let stand for 3-5 minutes to thicken. Salt & pepper to taste.
  11. Serve with remaining cheese, crisp bacon crumbles, and green onions for garnish.
  12. Serve, eat, and enjoy!
Notes
Note: Serving size is 1 cup. 5 SmartPoints per serving!
Adapted from this Cooking Light recipe.

I adapted this recipe from Cooking Light and it’s definitely #weightwatchers approved!
And all but my pickiest eater loved it!
So 5 thumbs up it is!

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Be sure and let me know what you thought of the soup by commenting below!
I always appreciate feedback and love hearing from y’all!

What’s your ‘go-to meal’ on a cold winter’s day?

Until next time…

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