Monday, July 18, 2011

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

I often buy heads of cauliflower, but I'll be honest, they sit in my fridge for a week or two without being used. Don't get me wrong, I really want to like cauliflower. But when it comes down to it, I am not really a fan of steamed cauliflower, and other than eating it raw dipped in ranch dressing, I just don't know what else to do with it.

In fact, back in February I posted a recipe for Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta that was born from the same need to use an entire head of cauliflower.

This past weekend, yet again I found myself with an entire unused head of cauliflower, looking for inspiration. I was browsing through the Epicurious iPad app, and their Roasted Cauliflower Soup came up. Since I was just recovering from a cold anyway, some soup sounded perfect!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup
adapted from Epicurious

1 head cauliflower
4 garlic cloves
2 shallots
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
4 small potatoes
1 1/2 cups milk
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cut cauliflower into 1-inch florets. Cut ends off of garlic and shallots, and cut the shallots into large sections. Combine in a large bowl, and toss with oil to coat.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup 1

Spread out on a baking sheet, and roast in middle of oven about 30 minutes, or until golden.

In a large pot simmer broth, water, and roasted cauliflower mixture 30 minutes covered, or until cauliflower is very tender.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup 2

Dice potatoes into small cubes (1/4 inch) and boil for 10 minutes, or until tender, and drain and set aside.

Using an immersion blender or a standing blender, puree roasted cauliflower and broth mixture until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return soup to pot and stir in potatoes, milk, and salt and pepper to taste.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup 3

Heat soup over moderate heat until just heated through. Serve with fresh croutons or garlic-rubbed crostini.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup 4


  1. I love the color of this soup!! Out of curiosity, is it a matter of personal taste to add the potatoes before or after blending? Or would blending the potatoes into the soup make it too starchy?

  2. This looks delicious! Great timing - I have a head of cauliflower and I was just trying to figure out what to make with it. Thanks!

  3. I have to start looking at your blog while I'm NOT hungry ;(. So yummy looking! Brilliant too, might I add.

  4. this looks delicious! and soo healthy too!

  5. LOVE this!!! I host a food party on Tuesdays... I hope you'll come over and share this next week.

  6. I saw this and thought you might be interested in future ideas for cauliflower:

    The cauliflower and potato curry looked particularly up your alley.

    Love you!

  7. Anything with that much garlic and onion has to be excellent. Thanks so much for sharing on Momtrends' Friday Food linky. Stay cool and have a great weekend.

  8. Will definitely be trying this recipe! I tried to make a recipe with cauliflower a while back and it backfired... new recipe time!