Friday, October 8, 2010

Silky Cauliflower Soup



It's no secret that I adore veggies, in recent months cauliflower has become one of my favorites. I love it in vegetarian curries, roasted in the oven, and minced in the food processor as a substitute for rice. So, when I came across this recipe for a creamy (dairy free) cauliflower soup, I knew I had to give it a try.

This soup is very simple, but very satisfying. I served ours with a green salad, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cherries and a simple vinaigrette. It was the perfect fall lunch.

Silky Cauliflower Soup
1 Large Head of Cauliflower, roughly chopped (green parts removed)
1 Large Onion, chopped
4-5 Large Garlic Cloves, smashed
1 Quart of Vegetable Broth or Chicken for non-vegetarian (preferably homemade*)
1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
Olive oil for pan
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
Optional Topping - toasted garlic slices

1) Heat a large pot over medium heat, coat the pot with a little olive oil (a couple tablespoons), add the onions and garlic, saute until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes)
2) Add the cauliflower, broth, and cumin. Cover and let simmer 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is very tender.
3) Using an immersion blender or working in batches with an upright blender, puree the soup.
4) Taste the soup, add salt and pepper as needed. If desired, top each bowl of soup with toasted garlic slices.

*Because this soup contains so few ingredients, I would recommend using a good homemade broth - the quality of the broth really makes a big difference.

Like most soups, this one tastes even better reheated the next day, so double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd!

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays (this is a brand new blog carnival - make sure to stop by and help make it a sucess!), Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Gluten Free and Healthy, Friday Foodie, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

15 comments:

  1. just saved this recipe, i'll definitely make it

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  2. Thanks for stopping by keep it sweet - I hope you and yours like this soup as much as we did!

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  3. I love soups, especially now that it has gotten cooler. I am also a cauliflower fan. This has to be made. It looks easy enough and flavorful. Thanks for sharing this with MMM.

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  4. This soup sounds really delicious, and I love the garlic garnish!

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  5. This recipe seems a great way to, forgive the pun, warm up to cauliflower. A good way to sidestep the texture issue I have when I'm trying to eat it steam or stir-fried.

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  6. Oh yum, I am saving this for when my cauliflower produce!! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I also enjoy eating cauliflower. I usually just cook it with some curry powder, but your soup sounds like a great idea, especially with the colder nights coming on.

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  8. Thanks you all for stopping by and for your lovely comments - they always make my day :) Please let me know you the soup turns out if and when you try it! Cheers, Ashlie

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  9. This sound wonderful! A friend of mine makes cauliflower soup with tomatoes and it's sooo good, but I think I may like this one better;0)
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~Holly

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  10. I just tried the cauliflower soup on Pioneer Woman. It is delicious. I'm sure yours is good too.

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  11. Hi Holly - I might have to experiment with the tomato version - I love making curries with cauliflower and tomatoes!

    Peg - Thanks for stopping by, you can never go wrong with recipes from the Pioneer Woman, I'll have to check her's out.

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  12. How did I miss this soup? It looks stunning! I thought I had clicked "follow" on your blog before, but it doesn't look like I am! I'll have to remedy that shortly!

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  13. Hi Erin - We are very happy to have you as an official follower now :)

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  14. I've never had cauliflower soup before. Looks delicious!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

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  15. Came back to let you know that I'm featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one!

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