January 15, 2009

Nutty Roasted Cauliflower Soup

I like reading Kevin's blog, Closet Cooking. He always has an interesting dish prepared using combinations of flavors that I might not think of. I really liked how the ingredients in his Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Farro Salad sounded.

Salad, hmm... I'm still in soup mode! So, using his recipe for inspiration, I created this Nutty Roasted Cauliflower Soup.
Cut up a head of cauliflower, two carrots, 10 cloves of garlic and one onion. Roast at 425 F for 40 minutes or until browned.
Toast one cup of walnuts and put them into a food processor. Give them a whirl until they look like...
... this!
When the vegetables have roasted, put them into a saucepan with chicken broth, wine and roasted red pepper. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Using an immersion blender (aka trolling motor) blend the soup until creamy. Add one cup of half-and-half and heat through.
I really liked the way this soup turned out. It smells delicious and has a nutty flavor, and although creamy it still has substance to it. Adding the ground walnuts to this thickened it so well that the addition of cream isn't necessary, which makes for a lighter soup!


  1. The soup looks good! I like the sound of using nuts in a soup.

  2. That looks wicked good, I would totally eat that. I've even been looking for things to do with cauliflower. ;)

  3. This looks so good. It is 11 degrees where I am so I need some hot soup and hot tea and a hot shower! Brrrr.

  4. Hmmmmm. I'm not much of a fan of cauliflower, but I could probably substitute.

  5. oh my gosh yum! i love pureed cauliflower but the addition of red peppers takes it to a whole other level. beautiful!

  6. Love the walnut + cauliflower = soup

    ...but could be done without the wine?
    ...and the chicken broth?

    It would be a great vegan dish, if it could be done well with out.

    Willing and waiting and wanting.

  7. I ADORE my immersion blender. It's probably my favorite piece of kitchen equipment.

    I love cauliflower soup--I made a big pot of cream of cauliflower two days ago and it didn't even last 24 hours :)

  8. Perfect! I love creamed soups and your addition of nuts.

  9. I can smell this through my monitor, Y-U-M!!! Did you use white wine in this? Any suggestions for the type? Soup is totally cold weather comfort food so heaven knows we need it now!

  10. This looks great! I used to not be a huge fan of cauliflower, but once I tried roasting it, I was a convert.

  11. A creamy soup without the cream--brilliant.

    We are still having soup weather, too. I made chickpea soup yesterday, but forgot to take pix.

    Stay warm and enjoy the soup.

  12. Wow. I never would have thought to put that combo together. It looks and sounds SO tasty. I think I will have to make this next time I'm home alone. (There is no way I will be able to get hubby and SD to eat it -- they don't like cauliflower.)

  13. Very nice. I was surprised with the final colour. Beautiful dinnerware too!


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