Creamy Cauliflower Bisque

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Our Creamy Cauliflower Bisque is a velvety blend of vegetables with a touch of cream. The ideal soup on a chilly winter day, simmered, blended and then seasoned to perfection.

We’ve gone against the grain here in search of a snow white bisque and opted not to roast or toast any of the main ingredients. Instead, the cauliflower and its counterparts simmer in a rich vegetable based stock. Producing flavors that fire on all cylinders, and it’s a breeze to make.

Creamy Cauliflower Bisque ladled into two blue bowls and garnished with smoked portobello mushrooms, fried sage, and pomegranate seeds.

This Creamy Bisque Recipe can be garnished any way you see fit. Shown here with Smoked Portobello Mushrooms (shown below), crisped sage and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds in homage to the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Here are a few other thoughts for adding a little pop to

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  1. Brown butter croutons
  2. Crispy bacon bits
  3. Shredded cheddar cheese
  4. Chopped green onions
  5. Croutons or toasted bread cubes
  6. Drizzle of olive oil or infused oil
  7. Freshly ground black pepper
  8. Sprinkle of smoked paprika
  9. Roasted cauliflower florets
  10. Chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives

Blending Hot Soup and Sauces Safely: Tips and Techniques

If you’ve spent as much time in the kitchen as I have, you might already know this safety trick. However, it’s worth a mention to prevent messy accidents and potential burns. This simple tip can spare you from cleaning soup off your walls and ceiling. Plus, it’s easy to implement.

  1. Allow the hot soup or sauce to cool slightly before blending to reduce steam pressure buildup.
  2. Fill the blender jar only halfway to prevent overflow and ensure proper ventilation.
  3. Ensure the blender lid is firmly secured to prevent leaks or spills while blending. However, remember to remove the inner section of the lid to allow steam to escape and prevent pressure buildup. 

  4. Start blending on the lowest speed setting to gradually incorporate the hot liquid.
  5. Use a kitchen towel or potholder to hold down the lid firmly while blending to prevent it from popping off.
  6. If necessary, blend the soup or sauce in batches to avoid overfilling the blender.
  7. Hold the blender lid in place with a folded towel or oven mitt to shield your hand from any escaping steam.
  8. Blend until the soup or sauce reaches your desired consistency, periodically pausing to check for smoothness.
  9. Once blending is complete, carefully remove the lid and transfer the blended mixture to a heatproof container for serving or further cooking.

Safety Reminder: Removing the insert enables steam to escape, ensuring a safe blending process. It’s crucial to have proper ventilation to prevent steam buildup, as blending without a vent can be hazardous.

Preserving Comfort: Storing Cauliflower Bisque for Lasting Freshness

Cauliflower bisque, can be stored to maintain its flavor and texture. Here’s how:

  1. Cooling: Allow the cauliflower bisque to cool to room temperature after cooking. Do not leave it out at room temperature for more than 2 hours to prevent bacterial growth.

  2. Transfer to Containers: Once cooled, transfer the cauliflower bisque to airtight containers. Use containers that are suitable for both storing and reheating liquids. Glass jars or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids work well.

  3. Refrigeration: Store the cauliflower bisque in the refrigerator if you plan to consume it within a few days. Proper refrigeration helps to slow down the growth of bacteria and maintain the freshness of the soup. Cauliflower bisque can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

  4. Labeling: Properly label the containers with the date of preparation to keep track of its freshness. This helps you identify how long the cauliflower bisque has been stored and when it should be consumed by.

  5. Freezing (Optional): For longer-term storage, cauliflower bisque can be frozen. Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers or bags. Leave some room for expansion as the liquid freezes. Frozen cauliflower bisque can maintain its quality for up to 3 months.

Shelf Life: When stored properly in the refrigerator, cauliflower bisque can last for 3-4 days. If frozen, it can maintain its quality for up to 3 months. However, for the best flavor and texture, it’s recommended to consume cauliflower bisque within a reasonable timeframe.

By following these storage guidelines, you can enjoy the creamy goodness of cauliflower bisque for longer periods, whether as a comforting meal on its own or a delightful starter to your favorite dinner.

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Creamy Cauliflower Bisque ladled into two blue bowls and garnished with smoked portobello mushrooms, fried sage, and pomegranate seeds.

How to Make Cauliflower Bisque

Creamy Cauliflower Bisque ladled into two blue bowls and garnished with smoked portobello mushrooms, fried sage, and pomegranate seeds.

Creamy Cauliflower Bisque

Our Creamy Cauliflower Bisque is a velvety blend of vegetables with a touch of cream. The ideal soup on a chilly winter day, simmered, blended and then seasoned to perfection.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 5 cups (1200 ml) vegetable stock, homemade or of our choosing
  • 1 large head (about 2 lbs.) cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 lb Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into coins
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream, sub half + half, milk or plant based milk
  • Kosher sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add, stock, cauliflower, potato, sweet onion, parsnips, turnip, garlic, and thyme in a large heavy-bottomed stock pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are very tender 60 minutes. 
    Creamy Cauliflower Bisque in large gray Dutch Oven ready to be cooked.
  • Remove from the heat, discard thyme sprigs. Puree soup, in batches, with an immersion blender (or blender). Add cream and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Please see notes above on blending hot soups!
  • Serve topped with your choice of garnish. 
    Creamy Cauliflower Bisque ladled into two blue bowls and garnished with smoked portobello mushrooms, fried sage, and pomegranate seeds.

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate.
  • Bisque can be made up to 2 days ahead.
  • Can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days. 
  • If freezing, allow the soup to cool and DO NOT add the cream as it will likely separate. To reheat, pull from freezer and defrost overnight in the fridge or allow it to sit on the counter for 2 hours. Add to pot and reheat on medium-low and then ADD the cream. 
  • Bisque can be frozen up to 6 months and maintain its best quality. 
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    1. This Sounds so delicious on a cold winters day! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      1. Thanks so much for checking out our Creamy Cauliflower Bisque Nissa! 🙂 If you would like to see something featured just give us a shout! ??️?

    2. I love cauliflower! Wonderful recipe!!

      1. Thanks so much, Jennifer! 🙂

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