Creamy Cauliflower and Pancetta Soup

7 Sep 2013

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Those of you who have been following my posts may have learned that I had some mysterious condition which caused my lips to swell up like I had overdosed on collagen!  After a few visits to the doctors and a night's stay at the hospital I think I've found what I was reacting to.  It can't be confirmed 100% but it looks more and more like I had a minor version of Stevens-Johnson syndrome. I won't go into detail, or put a link here, as I don't think Stevens-Johnson and cooking and eating go well together! 

So how does it relate to this post? Well, because of my condition and the slow recovery rate, I have found myself with super sensitive taste buds and unable to eat most yummy things except for very bland and puréed foods. I made up this creamy cauliflower and pancetta soup as I wanted something lighter in carbs and without lots of spices (stings my tongue!) The pancetta gives the soup that something extra (although I could hardly eat it in my current condition).  This soup is elegant but super affordable to make.  I spent less than NZD$10 on all the ingredients so I can see some of my friends with tighter budgets making this for dinner.  I will definitely make it again for a quick meal or a nice starter for dinner guests!

Creamy Cauliflower and Pancetta soup

5 cups cauliflower
80g pancetta 
40 gr butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons cream

1. Wash and cut up the cauliflower into florets. Cook until soft in boiling water.
2. While the cauliflower is cooking, melt the butter in a frypan (or if you're me, in a wok! So Asian!) Once melted, add the flour and stir until it forms a dough.

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3. Let the dough cook a little but don't let it burn (Tip: I learnt cooking the flour thoroughly at this stage prevents lumps later on!) Slowly add the milk making sure the mixture is always simmering. Then add the chicken stock in the same way.
4. Drain the cauliflower and blend until smooth and lump free.

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5. Add the cauliflower to the soup base and mix until combined. Season with salt.
6. Place thin slices of pancetta in a pan and fry until crisp.

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It was sooo yummy and great served with pieces of garlic butter baguette. It's still quite chilly where I am even though its technically spring so this soup warmed and filled me up well! I hope all of you in the northern hemisphere are cooling down from the crazy heat and will try this recipe out as an early autumn warmer!


  1. Great recipe. I thought I didn't like pancetta but it seems in this recipe it gives the soup just a bit of spice.

  2. Well written post. Thumbs up!

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