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Creamy Connecticut Country Cottage Soup

Creamy Connecticut Country Cottage Soup

Connecticut Country Cottage Soup

This creamy cottage soup is a warm classic hailing from Connecticut. It’s comforting, and loaded with garlic, leeks, cauliflower, and cream cheese.

There are many great things about the state of Connecticut. Ice-cream, great lobster shacks and a beautiful coastline which connects New Yorkers with Bostonians. You will see fluffy white sheet, lots of trees, and glorious farm stands dotting the scenic route.

Another great Connecticut classic is this fabulous soup from the now defunct The Golden Lamb in Buttery, CT. It is a comforting, creamy vegetable soup made with a blend of onions, leeks, garlic, cauliflower, and fresh herbs, cooked slowly to develop amazingly rich flavors. We absolutely adore this soup, which you can either serve with a side of grilled garlic bread for a full meal, or on its own as an appetizer.

Connecticut Country Cottage Soup

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How to Make Connecticut Country Cottage Soup


Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Dice and Chop: Dice 2 cups onions, ¼ cup garlic, and 1½ cups celery. Coarsely chop 2 cups leeks and 1 large cauliflower.
  2. Chop Herbs: Chop 2 tablespoons lovage, 2 tablespoons chives, and ¼ cup fresh dill.

Cook the Soup Base

  1. Sauté Vegetables: In a large soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the diced onions and chopped leeks. Cook until wilted, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Cream Cheese: Gradually add 8 ounces of cream cheese, stirring to allow it to soften and melt into the mixture.

Build the Flavor

  1. Add Garlic and Broth: Add ¼ cup diced garlic and 6 cups chicken broth to the pot. Stir well.
  2. Melt Cream Cheese: Reduce the heat to low and allow the cream cheese to fully melt into the soup, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Cool the Soup: Remove the pot from heat and let the soup cool for at least 15 minutes.

Combine Additional Ingredients

  1. Add Milk and Vegetables: Add 2 cups milk, the diced cauliflower, and 2 tablespoons chopped lovage to the cooled soup. Stir to combine.
  2. Chill the Soup: Place the soup in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld.

Final Touches and Heating

  1. Add Fresh Herbs and Seasoning: After chilling, add 2 tablespoons chopped chives, 1½ cups diced celery, ¼ cup fresh dill, and 1 tablespoon lemon pepper. Stir well.
  2. Heat the Soup: Reheat the soup in a water bath over medium to high heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Once heated, reduce to low heat to keep warm until serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Substitutions: If you can’t find lovage, substitute with celery leaves or parsley.
  • Alternative Proteins: Add cooked chicken, turkey, or ham for extra protein.
  • Vegetarian Option: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Cream Cheese Variations: For a tangier flavor, try using a blend of cream cheese and goat cheese.
  • Serving size: this serves 6 people as a main course, and 8-10 as an appetizer.

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Connecticut Country Cottage Soup

Connecticut Country Cottage Soup


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  • Author: The Golden Lamb
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

This creamy cottage soup is a warm classic hailing from Connecticut. It’s comforting, and loaded with garlic, leeks, cauliflower, and cream cheese.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick, 57 g)
  • 2 cups onions, diced (300 g)
  • 2 cups leeks, coarsely chopped (200 g)
  • 1/4 cup garlic, diced (35 g)
  • 6 cups chicken broth (1.4 liters)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (225 g)
  • 2 cups milk (475 ml)
  • 1 large cauliflower, diced (about 3 cups, 450 g)
  • 2 tablespoons lovage, chopped (8 g)
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped (8 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, diced (225 g)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (15 g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper (15 g)

Instructions

Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Dice and Chop: Dice 2 cups onions, ¼ cup garlic, and 1½ cups celery. Coarsely chop 2 cups leeks and 1 large cauliflower.
  2. Chop Herbs: Chop 2 tablespoons lovage, 2 tablespoons chives, and ¼ cup fresh dill.

Cook the Soup Base

  1. Sauté Vegetables: In a large soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the diced onions and chopped leeks. Cook until wilted, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Cream Cheese: Gradually add 8 ounces of cream cheese, stirring to allow it to soften and melt into the mixture.

Build the Flavor

  1. Add Garlic and Broth: Add ¼ cup diced garlic and 6 cups chicken broth to the pot. Stir well.
  2. Melt Cream Cheese: Reduce the heat to low and allow the cream cheese to fully melt into the soup, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Cool the Soup: Remove the pot from heat and let the soup cool for at least 15 minutes.

Combine Additional Ingredients

  1. Add Milk and Vegetables: Add 2 cups milk, the diced cauliflower, and 2 tablespoons chopped lovage to the cooled soup. Stir to combine.
  2. Chill the Soup: Place the soup in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld.

Final Touches and Heating

  1. Add Fresh Herbs and Seasoning: After chilling, add 2 tablespoons chopped chives, 1½ cups diced celery, ¼ cup fresh dill, and 1 tablespoon lemon pepper. Stir well.
  2. Heat the Soup: Reheat the soup on medium heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Once heated, reduce to low heat to keep warm until serving.

Notes

  • Substitutions: If you can’t find lovage, substitute with celery leaves or parsley.
  • Alternative Proteins: Add cooked chicken, turkey, or ham for extra protein.
  • Vegetarian Option: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Cream Cheese Variations: For a tangier flavor, try using a blend of cream cheese and goat cheese.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

 

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