OK, let me be clear about something here. This is not a recipe using cauliflower to replace a starch – like rice or a pizza base!
This is a straight up celebration of cauliflower for what it ACTUALLY is. A VEGETABLE that makes a great conduit for flavour. And yes, it just so happens to make a naturally thick soup when blended. But to ensure thickness AND creaminess, this soup has cream added to it.
I found the recipe for cauliflower and curry soup in my messy, disorganised recipe folder a few weeks ago – when I was looking for something else of course! It is in my handwriting, so I have no idea where I got it from but seeing it did remind me how delicious it was.
So, I added it to the list of meals I was making for the week, but gave it a tweak by roasting the cauliflower first for some extra flavour. You can skip the roasting part and just cook the cauliflower with the onion, but it does give it a little something special.
It has been so lovely being able to pull out a container of this roasted cauliflower and curry soup to defrost for my lunch over the past couple of weeks – especially since we are in the depths of winter here in Melbourne now. Hot, thick, creamy soup with a little heat from the curry powder and some crunchy, buttery toast for dipping gets a big tick for taste, comfort and satisfaction in my book.
Hot, thick and creamy with a little heat from the curry powder, this roasted cauliflower and curry soup will make a welcome addition to your kitchen and belly when it is cold outside.
- 1 medium cauliflower (about 1.2kg with stem and leaves), chopped into medium-sized florets
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 50g butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons curry powder (I used Keens)
- 1 litre chicken stock
- Water (optional)
- ½ cup (125ml) pouring cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped chives to serve
- Pre-heat oven to 180°C fan-forced (400°F)
- Place cauliflower florets on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until softened
- Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and cook until softened and translucent
- Add curry powder and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant
- Add cooked cauliflower and stock. Place a lid on the saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes until everything is 100% soft
- Blend soup until smooth (I find a stick blender works fine and saves having to wash a benchtop one!). If the soup is looking way too thick, you can add some water here to thin it out
- Stir in cream. Serve immediately with chives to garnish
- This soup can be frozen and re-heated. The liquid part of the soup can separate from the bulk of the vegetables, but once heated, a good stir will re-combine it without affecting taste or texture.
- If you want to speed this recipe up, you can skip the roasting part and just chuck the raw cauli into the saucepan when you cook the onion. You will just want to spend a bit more time simmering at step 5 to make sure the cauliflower is really soft.
Keywords: cauliflower soup, winter soup, comfort food
what are your favourite soup flavours to eat when you want to warm your bones?