This is a very substantial and satisfying soup. Thickened by pureed cauliflower and potato, it is luxuriously creamy without any cream. The sausage, greens and paprika give it heat, and the cauliflower florets give it crunch. Serve this soup with garlic bread and a nice green salad, and you've got a meal in a bowl.
Servings: Serves 6
Ingredients 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil10 ounces chorizo or andouille sausage , sliced1 medium onion , sliced (about 1 cup)1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 pounds)1 small Yukon gold potato (about 4 ounces)4 cups canned chicken broth or chicken stock1 bunch mustard greens or kale or spinach or a mixture , tough stems discarded, rinsed, dried and thinly sliced3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juiceKosher salt and freshly milled black pepper to tastePaprika , preferably smoked, for garnishGrilled or broiled slices home-style bread , rubbed with a cut of garlic clove, optional
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat until hot. Reduce the heat to medium, add the chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pieces are lightly browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chorizo with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut 2 cups of small florets from the cauliflower and chop the rest. Peel and thinly slice the potato. When the onion has softened, add the chicken broth, chopped cauliflower and the potato to the saucepan; bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the cauliflower and potato are very tender. Transfer to a blender in 3 or 4 small batches and puree until very smooth.
Measure the pureed soup and return it to the saucepan. Add water, if necessary, to make 7 cups. Stir in the reserved cauliflower florets and simmer for 4 minutes or until they are almost tender. If you are using mustard greens or kale, add them to the soup with the florets. When the florets are just tender, stir in the chorizo and the lemon juice; add salt and pepper to taste. If using spinach, stir it in with the chorizo. Ladle the soup into bowls; sprinkle each with some paprika and serve with garlic bread, if desired.