Cauliflower and White Bean Soup
1 lb. cauliflower - fresh or frozen (frozen is so much easier!)
2 cans great northern beans
1 large onion
4-5 cloves garlic - minced
3 stalks celery
4-6 inch piece of fresh kielbasa - chopped
1 T. olive oil
1/4 t. red pepper flakes (or less)
3 cups chicken stock
salt to taste
1 T. heaping corn starch
3/4 c. fat-free half and half or milk
In a large soup pot heat olive oil and add onion, garlic, kielbasa, celery and carrot. Cook on medium high heat until veggies start to soften. Add cauliflower, beans, stock, red pepper flakes and salt. Bring to a boil.
In a mug, mix together corn starch and half and half. While soup is boiling, stir in corn starch mixture. Continue stirring until well combined and soup starts to thicken. Turn down heat.
In a blender, ladle in about half the soup and puree. Add back to pot and stir entire mixture.
Pairs Well With
I just love to invent new combinations for one-pot dishes. This just came together for me tonight and turned out really great. It's low in fat and also high in protein and fiber. For best taste, use fresh kielbasa from a good deli / butcher - not the prepackaged stuff. Homemade chicken stock also beats the canned kind, but either one works.