Autumn is here, the days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping and so we’ve been craving hearty soups. Hearty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy though, and this roasted cauliflower soup proves that exactly. It’s pretty simple to make, and you can jazz it up with a bunch of toppings, like the crispy mushrooms and toasted almonds we made.
Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbohydrates but high in dietary fiber, folate, water, and vitamin C, and is great for detoxing. It’s quite a thick ingredient for soups, making them very filling. Roasting the cauliflower makes it even tastier… So here’s how you make your own delicious and healthy roast cauliflower soup:
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings)
1 Cauliflower head
1 onion, chopped
500ml of chicken or vegetable stock
200ml whole milk or cream (depending on how creamy you want it – I used lactose free milk)
knob of butter / olive oil
1 clove of garlic
Salt & Pepper
For the toppings
1 handful of chopped mushrooms
1 handful of hazelnuts
1. // preheat the oven at 200°C. Chop the cauliflower in small chunks, drizzle some olive oil over it, add salt & pepper and pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until some of the cauliflower starts going brown. Toss them around midway so all parts are equally roasted.
2. // Add the butter or olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic until softened. Add the cauliflower and stock and leave to simmer for a little bit, then mix using a handblender or transfer to food processor until smooth. It’ll probably be quite thick so add milk or cream to make it a little lighter and creamier to your taste.
3. // For the toppings, put the mushrooms in an oven tray, drizzle some truffle oil over them and leave to roast until crispy (you can do this whilst the cauliflower roasts). Add the hazelnuts for a couple of minutes, allow to cool, rub them with a towel so the brown shell comes off and crush them. They’ll add great flavour and texture to the soup! Finish with a couple of parsley leaves and you’re done!
Simple, healthy and oh so rewarding on a cold autumn night!