Curried Cauliflower Soup

February 13th, 2008


There is no better meal on a cold, winter day than a warm bowl of homemade soup.  And why, you might ask, is homemade soup so superior?  I’ll tell you one of the (many) reasons.  You can make any flavor you want!  You’re not stuck with “chicken noodle” or “chicken vegetable” or “chicken and beans” with tough, miniscule chicken bits that make you shudder when you guess what parts of the bird they’re from.  Or generic vegetable soups like, “tomato” or “butternut squash” or “cream of broccoli” where you wonder how a vegetable product can possibly be put into a form that is shelf-stable until 2025.

Instead, on those cold winter nights when you really want soup, I suggest this curried cauliflower soup.  I made it with golden cauliflower (which is probably quite apparent from the photo), but white would work just as well.  This made a great warm, nutritous winter lunch, and hopefully goes some of the way towards undoing the diet damage I’ve been doing lately.


Currried Cauliflower Soup

1 medium sized head of cauliflower (white or golden)
2 shallots
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
6 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
3 dried bay leaves
2 tsp fresh parsley, minced
1 cup whole milk (optional)

1. In a larce saute pan or stock pot, saute the shallots in olive oil and salt until tender but not browned.
2. Cut the florets off the cauliflower head. Remove the tough core of the head, and place any leftover pieces in a food processor. Puree leftover pieces until finely chopped.
2. Pour in vegetable stock, and add cauliflower and spices. Simmer 15 minutes, and then stir in parsey and milk. Simmer an additional 5 minutes, remove the bay leaves, and serve.

Serves four.

Last, but not least, I’m submitting this to Holler and Lisa’s No Croutons Required vegetarian soup roundup!  I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with!


Tags: food · soups

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MyKitchenInHalfCups // Feb 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Healthy, warm and so tasty Katy.  Then we could follow it with a small dish of the ice cream right?!!

  • 2 Cakespy // Feb 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    How did you know I am obsessed with cauliflower this week? I just had some amazing cauliflower with garlic and goat cheese. I would go back for more of this soup though–fabulous.

  • 3 Jen // Feb 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    yum!  I bet this would be good with Broccoli Romanesco as well (the alien fractal broccoli that actually tastes more like cauliflower).

  • 4 katy // Feb 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Tanna — Absolutely!  I think another round of ice cream is in order after all this virtuousness. 🙂

    Cakespy — Me too! I saw this head of cauliflower and absolutely couldn’t resist — so I knew it had to go into something good!  I bet garlic and goat cheese are great too.

    Jen — Yes!  I bet it definitely would — and the color would be so fun!

  • 5 Archana // Feb 14, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I would think broccoli would go well in this recipe as well.Lovely and appetizing
    hey, i cant tell you how much i love your blog and recipes. The photos are simple phenomenal and the recipes look so tempting. Thanks for sharing such great work once again.

  • 6 FZQ // Feb 14, 2008 at 10:32 am

    This looks fantastic.  I love cauliflower and I love soup – to have them both together would be great, especially in this crappy northeast weather.

  • 7 emily // Feb 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    this looks beautiful, delicious, and healthy.  do you think it would be good pureed?  or processed in a food mill??  I had a soup at wagammama noodle bar last night that was quite good…but this looks better!!

  • 8 Jitterbean Girl // Feb 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Oooh yummy!  I’m going to have to try this – but I think I might add a couple of broken-up canned tomatoes!

  • 9 Adele // Feb 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Mmm. I haven’t had cauliflower in a while. This is a situation that may need to be remedied.

  • 10 MrsPresley // Feb 15, 2008 at 12:19 am

    great idea! looks like it would be great for a cold winter day

  • 11 Astra Libris // Feb 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Your soup is beautiful! I adore cauliflower, and this sounds divine…  So healthful and scrumptious!

  • 12 kellypea // Feb 26, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I just brought home a head of orange cauliflower, if you can believe it.  This recipe just might take care of it.  I was in the mood for curry!

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