Cauliflower soup with gorgonzola and pickled pear relish

Cauliflower soup with gorgonzola and pickled pear relish

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From
A Year In My Kitchen
Serves
4

This is one of my favourite autumn soups. It is a perfect example of agra-dolce, where a sweet, yet sharp relish balances out the deep flavour of the Gorgonzola so it doesn’t become overwhelming. For me, it’s the perfect lunch, with some textured chewy bread and a simple frisée salad dressed with walnut oil on the side.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 medium cauliflower
15g unsalted butter
2 smallish yellow onions, peeled and finely sliced
4 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 litre see method for ingredients
250g gorgonzola
100ml creme fraiche

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
see method for ingredients
finely chopped curly parsley

Method

  1. Remove the outer leaves from the cauliflower and break it into small florets (don’t bother to remove the stalk – it only adds to the flavour). Melt the butter gently in a saucepan (large enough to hold all your ingredients) over a medium heat. Add the onions and sweat gently for 5 minutes or so until translucent.
  2. Add the cauliflower, thyme and bay leaves. Season with a little salt and pepper, to allow the flavours to adjust and find their feet. Pour in the chicken stock, stir and bring to a simmer. Then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or so, until the cauliflower is very soft.
  3. Crumble in the Gorgonzola and stir over a low heat until it has melted into the soup. Add the crème fraîche and stir to combine.
  4. Pick out the bay leaves and thyme stalks, then tip the soup into a blender and whiz until really smooth. This will take a good minute or so, as often one or two little florets escape the blade.
  5. Return the soup to the pan and reheat gently. Taste and add a little more salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
  6. Ladle into warm soup plates and spoon a little pear relish into the centre. Grind a little pepper over the soup, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
Tags:
seasonal
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