Basil Me This.
Basil me that? I don’t know, I have Batman stuck in my head for some reason. Guess what? Basil is my favorite herb. It used to be rosemary (which I almost never use anymore! Weird!), but basil takes the cake for me these days. I have to actually restrain myself from eating pesto every day. Seriously, every day. I have a giant freezer bag full of pesto cubes from a giant batch of the stuff I make every summer (just freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer to a freezer bag – single serving pesto cubes!) and I have to, like, avert my eyes when I open the freezer, just so I don’t use it all up. I’m gonna need that shiz to last me through the cold, crappy winter months! That’s kind of my point – I can get basil cheap at the farmers market in the height of summer (and yes, I have a plant in my window, but it takes a long time for it to grow enough for pesto), but who wants to pay for those stupid $2 packs of herbs at the grocery store? I mean, there’s enough rosemary in them. And plenty of thyme. But the amount of basil that fits into those little containers is just not enough! I know, they sell the giant tub, too. And guess what? After just telling you how I hate buying fresh herbs off season because of how pricey they are, I’m going to admit that I spoiled myself last week. I bought some fresh basil. I even bought the giant tub because they were out of the little one. Because I really wanted to make the Cauliflower Pesto Soup from Appetite for Reduction!
Soup is ugly, sometimes. Anyway, this was fantastic! Since it gets pureed in the end, it only takes a minute to chop up the cauliflower, and it came together so quickly! I will say that the added starch (corn or arrowroot? I don’t remember) was superfluous. It never actually got ‘thick’, and I kind of didn’t want it to. You’re blending it all up at the end, why the need for a thickener? I just don’t get it. Regardless, the soup was wonderful in its basil-y goodness. I did not add the toasted pine nuts at the end (because expensive! and yuck!), and I didn’t really miss them, but next time I might add a few cashews. I prefer to make my pesto with cashews anyway. Next time I make this, I’ll prepare a double batch – I needed more leftovers!
Basically, if you love basil, make this soup. The end.