I realise we are currently enjoying summer here in the UK, but a warm meal can still be enjoyed all year round, so why should soup be an different? This simple soup is made using cauliflower, a good-quality chicken stock and Cheddar, then garnished with plenty of crispy bacon, more cheese and fresh parsley. I advise you please source the strongest Cheddar for maximum flavour punch.
Fry the bacon pieces in a pan with the lard until golden and crispy.
Use a slotted spoon or skimmer spoon to remove the bacon and set aside to keep warm. Do not discard the rendered fat left in the pan.
In the meantime, trim the cauliflower into even-sized pieces.
Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a large pan and add the cauliflower. Simmer over moderate heat, covering the pot partially with a lid.
Cook until the cauliflower completely softens. Once you are satisfied (pierce a floret with a fork - it should immediately fall off), pour the rendered fat and oil from the bacon pan into the pan of cauliflower.
Use a hand blender to blitz the mixture to a smooth soup.
Stir in half the grated extra-strong Cheddar cheese and allow to melt in. Season the soup with salt and white pepper.
Divide the soup between two warm bowls and scatter over the remaining grated extra-strong Cheddar and the warm, crispy bacon bits. Finish with a scattering of smoked sea flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
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Macro Details per serving
Nutritional Information per serving
Calories 473Kcal / 1979kJ
Fat 33g of which saturates 15g Carbohydrates 6.9g (for my US readers, these are what you refer to as net carbs. See below*) of which sugars 5.5g
*Note for US readers: The recipes on this site show the carbohydrates which should be counted on keto (in this case: it's 6.9g). Here in the UK, our nutritional breakdown information displays a carbohydrate count that has already had the dietary fibre subtracted (and displayed separately) - and it’s indicated this way throughout the site. In short, you need not subtract anything further.
Milk Wheat, celery, mustard, eggs and soya may be found in some store-bought chicken stock
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