This Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Prosciutto was the accidental discovery of this morning’s search for a favorite old soup recipe. Turning to Google for something similar, I happened across a recipe by Kate McMillan that had me salivating. Like so many tantalizing recipes, however, it called for dairy, this time in the form of heavy cream. I usually sub canned coconut milk for cream or milk in recipes, yet, since I am intent on finding, or creating, great meals for people on ultra restrictive, gut-healing protocols, such as the SIBO cleanse, that wasn’t an option. (Most of the canned coconut milks have either preservatives, like sodium metabisulfite or emulsifiers such as guar gum, which can be irritating). I was prepared to make the coconut milk from scratch. But after I blended the soup and tasted for seasoning, I found zero need for any further additions.
Without further ado, here is the ultra easy and quick to whip up, Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Prosciutto.
- 4 c chicken bone broth
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped (*Omit if you are on a SIBO Cleanse)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (*Omit if you are on a SIBO Cleanse; substitute a pinch of hing)
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 Tbs ghee
- 3-4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- salt and white pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375. Place slices of prosciutto on parchment paper on a baking sheet and crisp in oven for about 10 minutes. Let cool and crumble in a small bowl; set aside.
- In the meantime, heat ghee in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onion, celery and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add cauliflower and nutmeg, and stir to incorporate and coat with ghee. Sauté another 5 minutes.
- Add chicken broth and turn up heat. Bring to bowl, then lower heat and cover pot for 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and soft. Remove from heat and cool slightly before blending until velvety smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Serve with a garnish of prosciutto crumbles in each bowl.
- *You may substitute a pinch of hing for the onion and garlic, if you are on a SIBO Cleanse