Roasted cauliflower makes this soup taste amazing, and a little butter (instead of cream) makes it luxuriously creamy. Makes 4 bowls of soup.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large head cauliflower (approx 1 kg), cut into bite-size florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Fine sea salt
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (low salt)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or more if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • For garnish: 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, chives and/or green onions

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 220 (fan forced). If desired, line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

On the baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until lightly and evenly coated in oil. Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake until the cauliflower is tender and caramelised on the edges, 25 to 35 minutes, tossing halfway.

Once the cauliflower is almost done, in a soup pot, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until simmering. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and turning translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add the broth.

Reserve 4 of the prettiest roasted cauliflower florets for garnish. Then transfer the remaining cauliflower to the pot. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Once the soup is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Carefully transfer the hot soup to a blender, working in batches if necessary. (Do not fill past the maximum fill line or the soup could overflow!)
Add the butter and blend until smooth. Add the lemon juice and nutmeg and blend again. Add additional salt, to taste. This soup tastes amazing once it’s properly salted! You can also a little more lemon juice, if it needs more zing. Blend again.

Pour into individual bowls and top with 1 roasted cauliflower floret and a sprinkle of chopped parsley, green onion and/or chives for presentation. This soup keeps well in the refrigerator, covered, for about four days, or for several months in the freezer.

 

Serves 4 | 131 calories per serve
Protein 5g
Fat 6.7g
Carbs 17g

 

 

 

 

May 19, 2022 — SLIMTOX Team Member