Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Brazil Nut Pesto

For the next six month we are cooking recipes from Heidi Swanson, permission to add a new cookbook to my large cookbook collection. I now own Super Natural Cooking978-1587612756*. While leafing through my new acquisition my eyes got caught on brazil nuts. It has been ages that I’ve eaten brazil nuts. In my childhood the goal was to crack the nuts to get out the whole kernel, a very hard task. For the

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Brazil Nut Pesto

Creamy Cauliflower Soup wit Brazil Nut Pesto (1)

I bought shelled Brazil nuts, very convenient. This is a no fuss, delicious boil-and-blend soup. The potato makes it very creamy and the pesto gives a special kick.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Brazil Nut Pesto

Yield:4 to 6 servings

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Brazil Nut Pesto

Ingredients:

BRAZIL NUT PESTO

  • 75 grams Brazil nuts, toasted
  • 2 handfuls spinach leaves, stemmed, I used 50 grams frozen
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 50 grams Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 120 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • generous pinch of fine-grain sea salt

SOUP

  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter
    or
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped; about 140 grams
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped; about 120 grams
  • 1 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped; about 1 kg
  • 5 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 100 grams heavy cream or Cashew Cream
  • Fine-grain sea salt

Instructions

  1. TO MAKE THE PESTO, puree all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Taste and add more salt if needed to make the rest of the flavors come forward.
  2. TO MAKE THE SOUP:
    Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium-high heat, add the garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes and saute for 2 or 3 minutes, until translucent. Stir in the potato and cauliflower and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the stock, bring to a simmer, and cook until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat and puree thoroughly with a handheld immersion blender. (If you must use a conventional blender, be careful; the hot liquid can burst out the top and make a huge, potentially painful mess. Try leaving the lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape. Cover the top with a kitchen towel and blend in batches on low speed.) For a silkier texture, push the soup through a sieve or strainer. Stir in the cream and season with salt to taste.

total time: 45 minutes
preparation time: 15 minutes
cooking/baking time: 30 minutes

 
 
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  2. Kim

    This recipe also caught my eye because I’ve never heard of a brazil-nut pesto ( sounds so tasty)! So glad that you were able to buy the nuts shelled. Makes the task of preparing the soup much easier and enjoyable at the same time. A gorgeous soup. Love the swirl of pesto on top!

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