The best meals are usually the simplest ones. This is a simple recipe for a quick, hearty meal. It's helped me through many a cold winter's day. Potatoes can be substituted for the cauliflower, just add a couple of extra cups of water and you're good to go. Though I don't have kids to test it on, I'd imagine as a child I would've been all over this. You could easily throw it in the blender to make an even creamier soup so the kids can't pick out the carrots and celery.
1 large cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 large, peeled carrots, sliced thin
4 stalks celery (with leaves), chopped
4 cups water
4 cups half and half cream
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cheddar cheese soup
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded cheese, to sprinkle on top
1. In a large stock pot add water, cauliflower, onion, carrots, and celery. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender.
2. Mash with a potato masher (including cooking water), and add butter and cream.
3. Gradually bring mixture to a simmer. Add condensed cheese soup and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover with shredded cheese and serve while hot. Serves 8.