Creamy Tomato-Basil & Cauliflower Soup

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Hi Nap Time friends, Kristy here again from Sweet Treats & More! Hope you are all craving soup as much as I am this time of year!  This Tomato-Basil & Creamy Cauliflower Soup is the perfect bowl of soup to warm up to after a chilly night of trick-or-treating.  Especially when you add a cute, I mean spooky, sour cream spider web to the bow (scroll down)l!

Creamy Tomato-Basil & Cauliflower Soup

One of my favorite restaurants to eat at here in Utah has the best Tomato Basil Soup and the best Cauliflower Soup.  When I go there, I like to put half of each in a bowl and mix them together.  That’s where the inspiration for this soup comes from, but I tried to keep it light and healthy for us!  Instead of using heavy cream like most tomato soups do, I used greek yogurt to help make it rich and creamy.

With all of the sugary sweets and calorie-laden candy we’ll be eating on Halloween it’s good to balance it with a healthy meal.  It’s so thick and creamy and full of flavor, you’ll love it!   

Creamy Tomato-Basil & Cauliflower Soup

Make this soup fun for Halloween by adding some spooky sour cream spider webs.  They’re super easy to make.  Simply squeeze a dot of sour cream in the center of your bowl, then two to three circles around it.  Drag a knife or a toothpick from the center dot to the outer circle of sour cream.  Do this all around the center and you’ve got a spider web.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Creamy Tomato-Basil & Cauliflower Soup

The spider web was just the bait I needed to get my three year old to eat his bowl of soup! Worked like a charm.  It’s such a fun soup to serve up on Halloween (or any day!)

Creamy Tomato-Basil & Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Tomato-Basil & Cauliflower Soup {with Spooky Sour Cream Spiderwebs!}

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • 5 oz shredded asiago cheese
  • Reduced fat sour cream

Directions:

1. In a large soup pot, melt butter. Add onions and garlic and saute 3-5 minutes or until translucent.
2. Add chopped cauliflower and saute another 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock (should cover cauliflower). Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
3. Add cans of diced tomatoes, chopped basil basil, and greek yogurt. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until creamy and there are no lumps. (You can also pour the soup into a blender in two batches, and blend until smooth. Then pour back into the pot.)
5. Once blended add 5 ounces asiago cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stir to combine melted cheese.

For the spider webs

Fill a plastic bag or piping bag, or a squeezable bottle, with the sour cream. Place a dot of sour cream in the center of the bowl of soup. Then create two or three circles around the center dot. Using a knife or toothpick start from the center dot of sour cream and drag it to the outer circle of sour cream. Do this all the way around the center dot, creating a web.

Looking for more post trick-or-treating soups, I’ve got a great round up for you here!

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KDenneyprofile-150x150Hi there! I’m Kristy, a wife, mom to two little boys, a runner, and just a girl that loves good food. I love cooking and baking for family and friends and love the memories that accompany good food.  I kind of have a thing for sweets, especially chocolate and peanut butter. I like to keep things simple in the kitchen- simple meals and desserts using simple ingredients.  I’d love for you to stop by, say hello, and find something yummy!

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Comments

  1. Seaweed & Raine posted on October 23, 2013 at 6:29 am (#
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    It looks delicious! I just made some creamy tomato gnocchi the other day using a can of tomato soup – feel free to pop over and try the recipe out if you like.
    Sheree

  2. Gloria @ Simply Gloria posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:49 am (#
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    Love the spider web drawn through the soup! And, the soup looks so creamy and delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe with all of us, Kristy! Already pinned! (=

  3. Jamielyn posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm (#
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    I can’t wait to try this! I always combine these two at zoupa’s too! YUM!

    • TiffanyAzure@CremedelaCrumb posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm (#
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      Oh my gosh I love those two soups but I never thought to combine them! I’m gonna have to do this next week on my Zoupas outing!! Sort of a weekly thing, just can’t get enough Zoupas ;)

      • Jamielyn posted on October 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm (#
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        The first time I went to Zupa’s, I asked the lady taking my order what her favorite was and she said the Tomato-basil and Cauliflower mixed…so I tried it and have gotten it every time! I’m excited to try this recipe! :)

  4. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain posted on October 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm (#
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    Sounds so yummy Kristy!

  5. Jodi posted on October 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm (#
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    This looks so yummy. I love the spiderweb too! Thanks for a great recipe! Jodi @ http://www.meaningfulmama.com

    • Jamielyn posted on October 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm (#
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      I’m excited to try her soup too, these are two of my favorites mixed together in one! :)

  6. Amanda posted on November 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm (#
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    This is the best!! My husband doesn’t like tomato soup, and he even said it was good. Thank you for sharing this gem. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 4, 2013 at 11:43 am (#
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      I love this combination of soups…so delicious! I’m glad your husband liked it!

  7. Carolyn Peeler posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm (#
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    I found this recipe, and your blog, through Pinterest. I made this soup tonight and my husband and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe – it will be going into the regular menu rotation here.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:39 am (#
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      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Carolyn! Thanks for stopping by again to let us know how it went. Hope you have a great rest of your week! :)

  8. Dana Bentley posted on December 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm (#
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    Made this tonight and it was wonderful!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm (#
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      I’m so glad you liked it Dana! Thank for stopping by again to let us know! :)

  9. tracey posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:47 pm (#
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    is the 5 ounces Asiago cheese volume or weight?

  10. Michelle posted on February 17, 2015 at 9:44 am (#
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    What a good idea. I made this last night. I’ll admit, I think I liked it better before I added the yogurt. You get such great creaminess from the cauliflower, so the yogurt is optional, I think. I paired this with grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and my husband really liked it!

  11. Linda R posted on October 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm (#
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    Just made this delicious soup! Not only is it delicious but has a reasonable  amount of calories, only 112 calories per cup😄