This is the part where I am supposed to tell you some long story about how I came to make this… but that is not my style. I saw some loaded potato soup online and thought “I can make a healthy version of that… ” and so I did. This is how it was made and the picture is how it turned out.  The toppings definitely make or break this comfort food, so play around until you find the combination that reminds you of the yumminess you remember.. but without the guilt.  This is a low carb version of this classic comfort food but for more carbs, you could trade out the cauliflower for yuca root or white sweet potatoes for a starchier, slightly sweeter flavor.  The low carb version is as follows:

4 cups bone broth, with 20160726_181207half reserved.

1/2 head cauliflower broken or cut into florets

2 to 4 cloves garlic, depending on taste preference

One half cup diced onion or leeks

2 tablespoons of a suitable oil for cooking (I used palm shortening ). Ghee or bacon drippings would be great!

Fresh toppings: Choose your favorites or add some of your own!

one bunch of green onions

fresh herbs of your preference for garnish

12 ounces uncured, gluten and corn free bacon

Diced tomatoes (omit for AIP)

Diced peppers (omit for AIP)

Cheese (for my primal readers) or Cheese substitute such as zucchini cheese (recipe here)

Sour cream (dairy is primal but not paleo or AIP) or sour cream substitute.

Any sauteed veggies of your choice!

The recipe is super fast and easy! Saute onions and garlic in cooking oil until translucent. Add broth and cauliflower florets. Cook until tender. In separate pan, while cauliflower is cooking, cook bacon to desired crispiness. My husband likes it crispy but I prefer it less because it’s more meaty. Set aside.  Chop veggies and optional garnishes.  When cauliflower is tender, blend into the broth with a hand stick blender until smooth. Add water or reserved broth until desired thickness is achieved. Add salt and pepper (omit pepper for AIP) to taste. Top with generous amounts of your preferred toppings! Your soup is ready; enjoy!