Cauliflower and Asiago Soup

Garnished with a pretty Christmas tree pesto drizzle, serve this delightful cream soup as a first course before the holiday meal or as a special main dish for a lunch or light dinner. Make the season bright with a soup that always warms the tummy and soul.

Cauliflower and Asiago Soup
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Cauliflower-Asiago Soup:

Homemade Pesto:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Asiago can be used in this recipe.


Cauliflower-Asiago Soup:

  1. Sauté leek in olive oil in a heavy stockpot over medium heat until tender. Stir in bay leaf and cauliflower florets; cook and stir until cauliflower is crisp-tender. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until liquid is reduced by half. Reduce heat; stir in chicken stock. Bring to boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender. Reduce heat slightly; gradually whisk in cream. Return to a gentle boil over medium heat; whisking constantly to heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Cool slightly; remove and discard bay leaf halves.
  2. Process soup in batches in a blender, or with an immersion blender, until smooth. Return to pot; warm over low heat. Gradually whisk in asiago until melted. Remove from the heat.

Homemade Pesto:

  1. Place parsley, basil and salt in food processor; cover and pulse until coarsely chopped. While processing, slowly drizzle in olive oil in a steady stream. Transfer to a plastic squirt bottle; garnish individual bowls with pesto and red pepper flakes if desired.

Recipe Tip

  • Any brand of Wisconsin asiago cheese can be used.
  • We used Chardonnay wine in this recipe.
  • Don’t have a squirt bottle on hand? Place a large plastic bag in a drinking glass, folding the bag over the sides of the glass. Spoon pesto into a corner. Gather up sides of bag, lifting out of glass, and twist. Snip a small hole in the corner of bag with scissors. Gently squeeze pesto through hole in bag to pipe garnish.  

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Wisconsin asiago cheese is inspired by Italian asiago, which is available young and aged; but Wisconsin asiago has a very different flavor and texture. It’s nutty with a slight tanginess similar to romano cheese.

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