Creamy Cauliflower "Baked Potato" Soup

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Celebrity Chef Melissa d'Arabian shares her recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Soup: There are few soups more decadent than a classic baked potato soup, loaded with cream, Cheddar cheese and smoky bacon. I make a lighter version by leaving out the cream, subbing cauliflower for most of the potato (one potato locks in the flavor), and adding a dollop of reduced-fat cream cheese to deliver the creaminess and cheesiness. A stealth addition of one carrot adds a subtle color that makes the soup seem cheesier than it is, since the only Cheddar here is what sits on top of the soup!

Serves 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

2 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 sweet onion (Maui or Vidalia), finely chopped
1 small head of cauliflower (about 1¼ pounds), cored, trimmed, and divided into small florets
1 medium russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small carrot, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)
½ cup plain reduced-fat
Greek yogurt
½ cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 scallions (white and light green parts only), finely chopped

1. Add the bacon to a large soup pot set over medium heat; cook until the bacon is crisp, about 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate; set aside.

2. Stir the onion into the bacon fat and cook, stirring often, until it is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower, potato, carrot, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

3. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the broth and 1 cup water, and bring the liquid to a boil. Simmer the mixture until the vegetables are very soft, about 13 minutes. Turn off the heat and use a ladle to transfer half the vegetables and liquid to a blender. Add the cream cheese and blend until smooth.

4. Pour the puréed soup into a large bowl or clean saucepan. Blend the second half of the soup until it is smooth and add it to the first batch. Heat the soup over medium heat until it is warmed through. Divide among soup bowls and serve topped with a dollop of yogurt and some of the grated cheese, bacon and scallion.

PER SERVING: Calories 187 / Protein 10g / Dietary Fiber 3g / Sugars 6g / Total Fat 10g

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Reprinted from Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot. Copyright © 2014 by Melissa d’Arabian. Photographs © 2014 by Tina Rupp. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Celebrity chef, TV host, best-selling author and San Diego mom Melissa d'Arabian is an expert on affordable and healthy home cooking. Melissa is well-known for her “Ten Dollar Dinners” show and cookbook, and as a judge on Food Network's “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Her cookbook "Supermarket Healthy” is available at www.melissadarabian.net/books/supermarket-healthy.

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