This cauliflower and truffle soup with pancetta and mini stuffing balls is a great comforting Christmastime starter, adding a bit of a twist and luxury with the truffle. It’s packed full of flavour also, giving you that Christmas feeling with the stuffing balls. It is a Christmas Day delight, you and your guests will definitely want more than one serving!
It’s that time of year again and I’m starting to think about my Christmas menu. It’s unbelievable how quick this year has gone! I love this time of year and get more than a little excited about the food we’re going to cook and eat over the festive period. For us that makes Christmas.
Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F / gas 4. In a large, deep saucepan, cook the onions in the butter on a medium heat until they are nice and glossy and turning soft. Stir in the garlic pureé and sage.
Place all of the cauliflower in the saucepan followed by the chicken stock. Turn the heat up and cover with a lid, then cook the cauliflower until soft. This will take about 15-20 minutes.
Take off the heat, and using a soup stick or blender, whizz until smooth. Once your mixture has condensed down, it will be quite thick. Now add the milk and keep whizzing until smooth.
Next, add the truffle salt and oil, give it a good mix so it infuses into the soup. Taste and season with black pepper.
Keep on a low simmer with the lid on while you cook your pancetta cubes in a frying pan until they have a bit of colour and are crisp.
Place put the stuffing mix into a bowl and add some hot water until you have a thick paste. Using your hands mould the stuffing into tiny balls. Cook in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until coloured and nice and crisp.
Ladle your soup into a bowl and drizzle with a tiny bit of truffle oil, sprinkle the pancetta cubes and add as many mini stuffing balls as you like. Serve and enjoy!
Hi I’m Lucy and I have always been into eating great food! I love all types of food (apart from bananas – yuck!) and am a big fan of enjoying everything in moderation – so yes I do eat naughty stuff too!
My motto is to enjoy life and live it to the full which comes down to traveling all around the world experiencing different adventures – usually involving food!