If you haven't been to Cafe Zupas yet...you need to. If you have and you haven't tried their Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup...you need to. Put that on your list of things to do...go. Do it now! I promise you won't be dissapointed.
I have only been to Zupas once, but once was enough and I was hooked. When I got home from my delicious lunch there back in September, I immediately jumped online to see if I could find a similar recipe so I could make and eat this soup whenever I wanted. To my great delight, I discovered this little gem at peachtreecooking.blogspot.com. It is amazing. I like to garish mine with a little grated cheddar and a dollop of sour cream. If you want to be really naughty you could also add a little bacon. Enjoy!
Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup
2 tablespoons margarine or butter (1/4 stick)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 can (13 3/4 to 14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 head (2 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I just used regular mustard and it was fine)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup pepper jack cheese
In 4-quart saucepan, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and salt; cook 2minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually stir in milk, chicken broth, and 1 1/2 cups water; add cauliflower and heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. In blender (with center part of blender cover removed to allow steam to escape), blend cauliflower mixture at low speed in small batches until very smooth. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan; heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in mustard and 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted and smooth. Garnish soup with remaining cheese to serve.