Cauliflower Soup (Karfiolová Polievka)

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Maybe it’s because I am Slovak, but I love soups. To me, the ideal dinner is a bowl of soup with a side of toasted garlic bread, hrianka. Add a side of sliced tomatoes and cheese, and you get a total bliss. Few years back I lived with my American friend Alex and my dinners of crackers, soup, tomatoes, and cheese always drew strange looks from him – the typical American dinner is much more substantial. In Slovakia on the other hand, we typically eat the largest meal for lunch, and dinner is something light, like a bowl of soup. And we have plenty of them! There are the famous hearty kapustnica and goulash, plus the always favorite chicken noodle soup. Then there is a whole bunch of various vegetable soups, like the sour bean soup, potato soup, and one of my other favorites, the cauliflower soup.

Ingredients: half of a large cauliflower, one small onion, 4 tbsp flour, 4 tbsp oil, salt, black pepper, parsley
Prep Time: 30 minutes

cut cauliflower cauliflower cooking in a pot
This soup is very easy to make. Wash a cauliflower (karfiol) and separate it into individual small flowers. Easiest way is by cutting the stems. This will first separate the head into single bunches, as shown in the first picture. You then cut off the stems in these to separate them further. Add the flowers along with the diced stems into a pot of boiling water.

oil and flour roux
Proceed to make roux (zápražka) while the cauliflower is boiling. First grate a small onion (cibuľa). Fry the flour (múka) in oil (or butter).

roux with onion dissolved roux
Once it turns pink, add the onion. Also add salt and black pepper. Continue frying, stirring, until the glob starts turning brown. Add water to dissolve it. Add to the soup to thicken it.

soup cooking cauliflower soup
Let go through boil and season to taste with more salt or black pepper. Finally, add about a handful of loose parsley leaves. That’s it. Add some toasted homemade bread, and you got yourself a delicious dinner!