I was watching an episode of the Great British Food Revival a couple of weeks ago and was shocked to find out that one of my favourite vegetables has gone out of fashion with the British public. What is it? The humble cauliflower no less, a cheap versatile vegetable that is in my opinion very tasty. Also, cauliflower is extremely nutritious containing high levels of folate, has cancer preventative properties, acts as a blood and liver cleanser, strengthens the immune system and more. Plus it benefits people suffering from asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, constipation and kidney and bladder disorders.

Although it is top on my list of vegetables I have to admit to never eating cauliflower soup before, I’ve done it curried, cheesed and just plain but never as a soup so I thought I would give it a go.

Ingredients

All measurements are approximate

  • 1 Large cauliflower
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1200ml vegetable stock
  • 1 large tbsp mild curry powder
  • 200 ml cream or 100ml of cream and 100ml natural yogurt
  1. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and chop into smaller pieces, include the white stalk, and wash
  2. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and gently cook the onion, garlic, cauliflower and potato for about five minutes
  3. Add the curry powder ( adjust quantity according to taste) and stir
  4. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil, simmer until the potatoes and cauliflower are tender
  5. Remove from heat and carefully blend the vegetables until smooth. Add more stock or water if you like a thinner soup.
  6. With the soup back in the saucepan add the cream or yogurt and heat gently. Add a good grind of black pepper.
  7. Serve with croutons

The Croutons

  • 2 thick slices of bread ( use GF bread for Gluten Free croutons)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 180â€ĒC/350â€ĒF/Gas 4
  2. Cut the slices into big chunks including the crusts, a standard slice will make about 12 croutons
  3. Put the oil in a shallow dish
  4. Add the bread chunks to the oil, turning to ensure that the chunks are well covered and saturated in oil
  5. Place the bread onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 5 minutes
  6. These can be used straight away or left until the next day they go nice and crispy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge
  7. Turn the croutons over and cook for approximately another 5 minutes

Cauliflower info

Using Gluten Free stock and bread makes this another delicious Gluten Free meal

 

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10 thoughts on “Warming Cauliflower Soup and Golden Croutons

  1. I have a glut of cauliflowers here, so a thinking of making this tonight 🙂

    Posted on November 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    1. Glad you did, hope you did like it. x

      Posted on December 5, 2011 at 11:21 am
  2. Just found your website when I was googling for Herman sourdough recipes – we watched the same episode of Food Revival and I’ve made cauli soup twice since then! Once with sweet potato and once added to carrot soup. Go cauli lovers!

    Posted on November 27, 2011 at 11:53 am
    1. Mmmm, those additions sound delicious, I will try them out. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

      Posted on December 5, 2011 at 11:22 am
  3. I love making soup in the colder months, so I’m going to try this one next week. Thanks!

    Posted on November 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    1. Let me know what you think x

      Posted on December 5, 2011 at 11:22 am
  4. I was going to make soup today and, you wouldn’t believe it, I only had cauliflower, potatoes and onions. Initially I thought I’d better get some more veg tomorrow, but now I don’t have to. I even have the garlic and cream.
    By the way, was it nice??

    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm
    1. Was lovely! I forgot to say that didn’t I! 🙂

      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 12:21 am
  5. Must admit – I don’t care for cauliflower at all – but that does look yummy. If hubby were to make it I might try it!

    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm
    1. Oh I really do love it. A special roast dinner always has cauliflower included. 🙂

      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 12:22 am