Cauliflower Soup with Pan-Seared Mushrooms

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 1h 5m
  • Rating ****

Serves 8


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 pounds cauliflower, separated into florets, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock or water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 4 medium matsutake mushrooms or small Portobellos, stemmed and halved crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons pure olive oil


Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft but not browned, about 15 minutes.

Add the cauliflower and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring once, until the cauliflower is very soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the saucepan, stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper. If necessary, add a few tablespoons of water to thin the soup.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet. Brush the mushrooms with the oil, season with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet. Sear over moderately high heat, turning once, just until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are very tender. Thinly slice the mushrooms.

Rewarm the soup over moderate heat. Ladle into shallow bowls, garnish with the sliced mushrooms and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 1909

nutrition information per serving

220 calories; 16g total fat; 42mg cholesterol; 146mg sodium; 13g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 8g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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