December 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
I’m a big fan of using what I already have in my kitchen to make meals. I really wanted to make slow cooker oatmeal this week, but I couldn’t find the necessary steel-cut oats in my local grocery store.
Instead, as I was looking through some recipes for inspiration, I decided to try my hand at making a creamy broccoli and cauliflower soup with the ingredients I already had in my pantry and fridge.
I originally came up with the idea of this soup over the Thanksgiving weekend, when I realized that I had 2 bags of frozen broccoli and cauliflower left over from a casserole that I never made. Instead, I opted to make a peanut butter and chocolate walnut pie that came out really well. But what to do with that broccoli and cauliflower now? I was still kind of in the mood for a casserole, so I wondered if I could make something similar in my slow cooker.
I combined all of my ingredients in the crockpot, mixed it through and set it to cook for 8 hours on Low. It seemed easy enough since I used both bags of the frozen broccoli and cauliflower as well as the heavy cream I had leftover from making homemade cinnamon-vanilla whipped cream topping for my pie.
I made my soup overnight and, when I woke up, it came out a really beautiful golden color. As I took the top off, I smelled the onions the most. But it looked really delicious and, after a quick taste, I divided it into containers to bring with me for a nice homemade lunch at work.
Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup (inspired by the Family Circle Broccoli-Cauliflower Casserole)
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Slow Cook: 8 hours on LOW
2 (16oz) bags of frozen broccoli & cauliflower mix
6 cups water
3 teaspoons Better than Bouillon vegetable base
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 chopped white onion
season with salt & pepper to taste
1. Spray the edges of the slow cooker with cooking spray, then add in all of your ingredients. Stir them with a spoon, then set the slow cooker for 8 hours on Low.
2. Once done, uncover and use a potato masher to break up some of the bigger cauliflower and broccoli chunks. Then serve as a great lunch or dinner starter.
This is my 4th slow cooker soup. Clearly I’m in the mood for more as the weather gets even colder! Tell me: what are some of your favorite slow cooker soup recipes? Share in the comments below and I may make them!