Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup

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      In the winter there is nothing like a hot bowl of soup for dinner to warm me up.  Most of the time I make chicken noodle, beef vegetable, or potato soup but I’m always open to new and flavorful soups.  I was intrigued by the idea of a cauliflower and broccoli soup that wasn’t cheese based. 
     The broccoli and cauliflower are roasted in the oven with garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Then the other vegetables are sauteed in a pan and everything is combined with organic vegetable broth.  All the ingredients are put in a food processor until smooth and then cream is added to thicken up the soup.  The result is a rich and surprisingly flavorful.  It was even better the next day after all the herbs and spices had time to infuse the soup. 

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup (adapted from Prevention RD)

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 c. broccoli florets
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
2 stalks celery, diced
½ onion, diced
1 shallot, minced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
½ t. salt
1 t. black pepper
½ t. paprika
¼ t. thyme
1 T. flour
½ c. white wine
1/3 c. water

28 oz. organic vegetable broth
2 t. parsley

1/3 c. fat free half and half

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine the broccoli, cauliflower, and garlic in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring once during baking.

3. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a Dutch oven. Add in the onion, celery, shallot, and carrot. Sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes. Whisk in the paprika, thyme, and flour. Cook for 2 more minutes.

4. Add in the wine and water, mixing well to combine. Slowly add in the vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, and garlic mixture to the simmering soup and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Working in batches, add the soup to a food process and blend until pureed and smooth.

7. Return to the Dutch oven and add in half and half and parsley. Cook until heated through. Add salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot.

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