It's been a rough week for various reasons I won't go into, and I've been eating weird combinations of leftovers instead of cooking. Finally, on Friday night, I needed to cook something. I'm the only one in the house right now (counting humans) as my husband is lecturing and attending a conference in Brazil, so cooking a lot of food was not really reasonable. After such a long and tiring week, I also needed something easy to prepare — and easy to clean up. I decided to make a creamy cauliflower and carrot soup in the pressure cooker. I used to make a similar soup for the kids when I was too tired or short on time to prepare a larger meal. I could give them a nourishing vegetable soup and maybe peanut butter or hummus sandwiches and they would be perfectly happy. In fact, on many occasions when I was searching for something to make for dinner, one of the kids would ask for this soup! It was a family favorite. (When I made it for the kids, I didn't load in the pepper.) I also use this method for similar soups such as broccoli, winter squash or carrot, and sometimes I add celeriac or parsnips to one of the vegetables to add depth to the flavor. Carrot and celeriac is a really good combination, and adding grated fresh ginger after the soup is blended makes it special.
This soup, though simple to make, has a lush and velvety texture that belies its humble beginnings. And the color, a gorgeous shade of pale orange, is comfort for the eyes. You can intensify the flavor with grated fresh ginger, or other herbs and spices of your choice, but the plain version, with fresh dill, was just what I was looking for. I accompanied the soup with avocado spread on crackers.
Creamy cauliflower and carrot soup
-1 large head cauliflower, cut into large pieces
-2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
-1 quart water
1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
-2 teaspoons sucanot or sweetener of your choice
-a lot of freshly ground pepper
-fresh dill, parsley or cilantro
Place veggies and water in cooker and bring to pressure. Turn heat down a little and cook five minutes. Turn off heat and wait for pressure to come down. If you have an immersion blender, you could purée the soup in the pot. I don't have one (yet) so I blended the soup in two batches in my blender. Blend until completely smooth and velvety. Add lemom, sweetener, salt and pepper. Garnish generously with dill and serve.