12/18/2015 09:45 am ET Updated Dec 18, 2015

An Elegant Soup To Add To Your Holiday Menu

How can you go wrong with cauliflower, Parmesan and crème fraîche?

If you've been scouring recipes to find a simple soup that adds just the right amount of elegance to your holiday menu, your search stops here. This creamy cauliflower soup is made with a savory blend of crème fraîche, aromatic onions and Parmesan cheese, topped with a sprinkle of minced chives. To really elevate the luxury, drizzle with a bit of truffle oil just before serving.

Cauliflower Soup with Crème Fraîche


 Serves 6


2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 1/2 heads (3 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, cored and coarsely chopped

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup crème fraîche

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 cup minced chives

Truffle oil, for drizzling (optional)


In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, cover, and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add 3 cups water, cauliflower and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until cauliflower is soft, about 25 minutes. Stir in crème fraîche.

Working in batches, puree cauliflower mixture in a blender until very smooth. Return soup to pot, add Parmesan and salt, and bring to a gentle simmer.

Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with chives. Drizzle with truffle oil, if using, and serve. 

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