cauliflower soup

Sorry for my absence. I was sick with some stomach virus and then a cold, and then I was in California for the long weekend. Being sick totally sucked, especially since I lost my appetite. I had poor Nate ordering pizza for dinner while I slept.

California, on the other hand, was so much fun. I got to spend time with my family and one of my closest friends, all of whom live in L.A. The weather was totally gorgeous. We went on a beautiful hike (and I realized how out of shape I truly am), and just spent a lot of time relaxing and eating yummy food. Thank goodness my appetite fully returned.

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I came back on Monday, while Nate is staying there for a month or so doing some job-searching. Since Nate’s gone, this is my perfect opportunity to cook all the foods I love that Nate doesn’t…starting with cauliflower!

The inspiration for this soup is another one of our honeymoon meals. Everyone told us we had to get a meal from one of the many food trucks while we were in Portland. Nate is kind of a picky eater, despite his claims otherwise, so the only food truck that seemed ok was a soup truck called Savor Soup House. Plus, it was a cold, rainy day and i love soup. We decided to get a 3 soup sampler- we ended up going with a basic tomato soup, a chicken tortilla and I think black bean with ham. They were all pretty awesome.

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It was hard to decide between all the yummy choices, but I knew the cauliflower soup on their menu wasn’t an option since Nate says he detests caulflower. I guess the truck owner heard my lament about the fact that I couldn’t order the cauliflower soup, and so he gave me a little taste. It was seriously amazing.

The soup was so simple but so flavorful. I asked what was in it, and he told me it was just cauliflower, vegetable broth, salt, pepper and a little olive oil. I knew immediately that I’d have to find a way to make it myself.

cauliflower soup

In addition, I’ve been dying to use one of our wedding presents- an immersion blender! I made sure to keep my fingers away from the blade after this horrific article Nate sent me last week. Although, those people sound like idiots.

The soup came out great, but I honestly can’t remember if it was as good as the one in Portland. I wasn’t in the mood for plain cauliflower soup, so I added a drizzle of buffalo sauce and a sprinkle of blue cheese to take it up a notch. Seriously yummy.

cauliflower soup

Simple Cauliflower Soup

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Serves 5-7

1 head cauliflower
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Cut end and core out of cauliflower. Cut into chunks and put in large pot. Add the stock, cover and bring to a boil.

Simmer covered for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

Using an immersion blender, puree cauliflower and broth until smooth.* Alternatively, add soup and cauliflower in batches to a blender. Make sure not to fill blender more than half full because hot liquids expand.

Add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of pepper. (or for something different, do what I did and drizzle with buffalo sauce and sprinkle with blue cheese- so good!)

32 Comments

  1. Looks delicious. I like to add a potato or two to help add a smoother consistency to the soup. Though the idea of adding a sprinkling of blue cheese would make it luxurious.

  2. These photos are awesome! I love cauliflower soup. I try to make it all the time without a recipe and it’s always so-so but I love it anyway, so I can’t wait to try this.

    Scott’s gone next week, too, and I plan to make all the things he doesn’t like as well! For me that means crab and shrimp and purees. He hates purees, whereas I could eat celery root puree for every meal until the end of time (have never made it though.)

    Glad you feel better!

    • Yeah, you really don’t need a recipe for this. Next time I think I actually might leave it a little chunkier- I’m actually not a fan of pureed soups but the one I tasted in Portland was pureed so I gave it a chance.

      Nate doesn’t like shrimp either, so I should totally make that too! Oooh, what else are you going to do while Scott’s gone?? I’m totally catching up on all the dvr-d shows that Nate refuses to watch with me, hehe ;)

  3. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    I could use a little sunny California in my life right about now… glad you had a great trip Amy and sorry to hear you were sick. so many darn bugs/colds this time of year. Let’s hope you’re all done with that. Your soup looks simply gorgeous. Love the swirls of olive oil and nice coarse black pepper. It’s warming my bones just looking at the images!

    • Hehe, I have to say, as much as I was dying for some cold weather to finally hit our part of the country, the weather in California was a nice break. It’s so interesting how much the temperature varies from morning til night- it can get chilly! Thank you, Kelly :)

  4. Glad you’re back and feeling better! My sister lives in Portland, but I have yet to try and of the food trucks when I’ve gone to visit her.

    Also, job hunt? Are y’all planning to move?

    • Thanks, Alyssa!. Oh wow, totally jealous of your sister!!! I would move there in a heartbeat. Well, we’re planning to move wherever Nate finds a job :) Since we’d like to have a family in the not-too-distant future, we’d really like him to find a full-time job with benefits, and in his industry the majority of those are, unfortunately, in L.A. I think I could get used to living there but it’s not my ideal choice. So we’ll see…Cross your fingers for his job hunting! ;)

      • What industry is he in? We’re in LA now – pretty close to both of our families – but I love the idea of living somewhere else for a while before we have a family of our own. We should have just picked up and gone somewhere like my sister did – might be too late now since I’m turning 29 this year and I kinda don’t want to wait until my mid-30s to start a family. :/
        I’ve got my fingers crossed for you that he’ll get a great job and you’ll be happy wherever you end up!

        • Oh I didn’t realize you were in LA! It’s nice to be near your family, so i don’t blame you for sticking around. I could get used to LA I think, I just know and love the northeast since it’s where I grew up. I just wish LA had more seasons and then I’d totally be happy there! Also, it’s so expensive.

          Nate’s in the tv/film industry- he works in post production. Do you know anyone who might wanna hire him?? :) It’s totally all about connections in that industry, which kinda stinks. Thanks for sending positive vibes our way!!

  5. gorgeous comfort food! yummmy & healthy. Xx

  6. I finally got Bill to eat roasted cauliflower after about 20 years of marriage…but he draws the line at cauliflower soup, too. Yikes on that immersion blender story…I probably won’t be using mine for cookie dough ;)

    • Apparently Nate tried roasted cauliflower the other day at my uncle’s house where he’s staying. I think he didn’t want to say he didn’t like it when they had cooked it for dinner. Anyway, apparently he said it wasn’t too bad! Honestly, anything is good roasted :) I didn’t even know you could use an immersion blender for anything but pureeing things, thank goodness.

  7. Sorry to hear that you were ill. I like the extras that you added to your soup…I bet it was delicious. I love cauliflower soup and have a head in my refrigerator just waiting to be cooked. I roast it first as my husband loves cauliflower that way. Anything to get him to eat healthy vegetables.

    • Thanks, Karen! I love roasted cauliflower and would pretty much eat it non-stop if I could. But I figured I’d try something different ;)

  8. so there i was, innocently reading about amazing cauliflower soup, and then, i clicked a link. AAAAGGHHH! :)
    first, fantastic call on the buffalo sauce/blue cheese additions; i never thought to do that, but that would be delicious with cauliflower soup. I’ve been working on my own version here, but cauliflower can be tough to puree.
    second: the immersion blender. Obviously use caution with it, but i can say i’ve had mine since my own wedding over 5 years ago, have used it frequently, and have never even come close to having an accident. Then again, i’ve never gone near the blade end until it is unplugged and detached from the “power” end, either. Think before you whiz, and you’ll be fine. It’s probably my most-used tool; so practical!
    You know, Mr. Table always said he didn’t like cauliflower either, until i roasted it with some parmesan. and chili flake. Honestly, if you put enough parm and chili flake on something, he mostly likes it. :) I agree: everything is delicious if you roast it.

    • Haha, I know, that link was horrifying, right?! But I have no intention to use my blender for anything other than pureeing things and I definitely have no intention of putting my hands near the blades while it’s plugged in (or even when it’s not)! I’m glad to hear you haven’t had any incidents! The buffalo/blue cheese was a nice addition to give it a completely different flavor.

  9. UGH to being sick but I’m glad you’re feeling better!!! And that you had such a rockstar time in CA. :) Sometimes is just perfect and this soup pretty much sounds ideal!

    I use my immersion blender FREQUENTLY and have never had any issues with it. I mean…I can’t imagine why my fingers would be anywhere near the blade.

    • Thanks, Joanne! Being sick is the pits- but thankfully I had a hubby to buy me cold medicine and other necessities :)

      Yeah, I can’t imagine why anyone would touch the blade while the thing was plugged in…but maybe that’s because I’ve read the article and can’t get the mental images out of my head.

  10. Awesome idea of adding buffallo sauce and blue cheese to cauliflower soup! Hope you are feeling better already :)

    • Thanks, Bianca! I just thought it needed something so I was looking in my fridge and saw some leftover blue cheese…and if you have blue cheese, you have to have buffalo sauce :)

  11. Oh, cauliflower! How I love thee! This soup looks fantastic. Seriously next level.

    Also, I feel like hurting oneself with an immersion blender takes effort. I’m just not willing to commit at this time.

    • Hehe, I love cauliflower too…honestly, I’m not really sure why anyone (i.e. Nate) wouldn’t like it, especially if they like broccoli and brussels sprouts. Thanks, Movita!

  12. What a beautiful looking soup. So sorry to hear you haven’t been well. Good luck to Nate with his job-hunting xx

    • You know, it’s the regular winter sicknesses making the rounds. I can’t complain too much, as I think I was better off than most! Thank you, Charlie, for the good luck :)

  13. This soup looks absolutely delicious! I love cauliflower but I don’t eat it nearly enough!

  14. This recipe looks so quick, easy, and delicious. Totally looking forward to trying it! Come visit at http://www.agirlandherfood.com!

  15. When your not feeling well what better than have a nice hot bowl of cauliflower soup

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