Get Back on Track with Cauliflower Soup

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I have been dreaming about this cauliflower soup ever since I first saw it on the Food 52 site last month.  I don’t know why.   There’s nothing at all that’s fancy about it.   And, it’s probably one of the simplest soups in the world to make.   But, something about it just spoke to me – or rather gently whispered in my ear, over and over again.  It looked so light and bright and pure – almost cleansing, in a way.   I filed away the recipe, knowing that I would get back to it as soon as I found some beautiful, fresh cauliflower that was worthy of it. 


This recipe for this soup comes from Paul Bertolli’s book, Cooking by Hand.  Bertolli was a chef at the famed Chez Panisse for over ten years, so it’s not surprising that he knows exactly how to make a cauliflower sing.  And, sing it does!  There are only five ingredients in this soup, and one of them is water.   None of them are butter or cream.  Yet, it is so smooth and velvety, you’d never guess.  It’s the perfect little, guilt-free indulgence after eating your way through a long Holiday season.

To start, onions are sautéed in olive oil over low heat until they are tender and sweet.


Then, the cauliflower is added and stewed with the onions.  After that, the water is added to the pot and everything simmers.   I swapped out a cup or so of the water with some chicken stock.  You don’t need to do this.  I just did because I had some broth in the fridge that I needed to use.


Once the cauliflower has finished cooking, the whole pot is pureed into the smoothest, most divinely luxurious soup you’ll ever taste.  I swear!  But, don’t take my word for it.   Make a pot for yourself.  Then, slide into your fluffiest bathrobe, put some cool cucumber slices over your eyes and pretend you’re at a fancy schmancy spa.




12 responses to Get Back on Track with Cauliflower Soup

  1. On January 19, 2012 at 12:50pm, ciaochowlinda said...

    The soup sounds great and the photos are simply dazzling.

  2. On January 19, 2012 at 12:52pm, Katrina said...

    I love a good cauliflower soup! This sounds lovely!

  3. On January 19, 2012 at 12:55pm, Rosa said...

    A delicious soup! Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable.



  4. On January 19, 2012 at 2:58pm, Shirley @ gfe said...

    Beautiful, Susan! I love that it’s naturally gluten free and dairy free, and your spa suggestions. :-)

    Off to share,

  5. On January 19, 2012 at 3:08pm, Mary Kay@JustforCooking said...

    Love the recipe and those are some beautiful pics!

  6. On January 19, 2012 at 7:51pm, Phyllis Kirigin said...

    Isn’t it great that such a simple preparation can taste so good? I enjoy following your blog.

  7. On January 20, 2012 at 4:26am, Coleens Recipes said...

    GREAT photos of a GREAT soup!!

  8. On January 20, 2012 at 4:25pm, Sprigs of Rosemary said...

    These photographs have my salivating. Absolutely beautiful. Too bad I just made some cauliflower soup!

  9. On January 21, 2012 at 8:55am, Joan Nova said...

    I don’t think I’ve ever had cauliflower soup (I know I’ve never made it), but that will be remedied soon. Such a simple recipe and your photos are so enticing, I could almost taste it. mmm

  10. On January 22, 2012 at 11:07pm, Radhika said...

    You are so right Susan. There is nothing fancy abt this soup but sometimes simplest things make you so happy. I had been searching for a soup of cauliflower and this one will be perfect. Will try it out and get back to you

  11. On January 24, 2012 at 10:00am, The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh said...

    I bought an extra head of cauliflower this week because the Mr finally indicated he was ready to try cauliflower recipes and I think this one would be perfect!

  12. On February 03, 2012 at 6:49pm, Emily Jean said...

    I made this soup last night and decided to add a teaspoon of organic curry… delish! I love that the ingredients are so simple. I didn’t have to buy a gazillion things just for one pot of soup. Keep up the great work!

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