Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rustic Cauliflower Soup

A strange breeze blew into town this past weekend. It must be a sign autumn will be arriving shortly. Not quite yet, but soon enough. I welcome the hot weather to stay as long as it likes, but I am partial to autumn. The summer zombies lose their stupor from being miserable in the heat, whereas I've been frolicking in the haziness. Everyone seems to be more comfortable and in a better mood overall, making them easier to be around. Autumn is like my slow cool down from the summer until I go into hibernation since I dislike the cold so much.

The peculiar wind put me in a changing mood, so I decided to go ahead and make an autumn-like soup a little early. I have plenty of milk laying around for a great soup base and all it needed were some spices and veggies thrown in the mix. The process was still simple and lazy like summer, but the warm flavor and texture feels like autumn.

The soup ended up with quite a pleasant Indian-esque flair with the spices. The soup had an extra layer of warmth of mild spiciness from the ginger and peppers. Enjoying both whole and puréed cauliflower was a real treat since I rarely purée any dishes; however, the soup can be left whole or completely puréed to match your favorite soup texture. But the overall balance of flavors was a true melody from a handful of simple ingredients you're likely to have in your cupboard and a quick way to enjoy a little comfort.

Rustic Cauliflower Soup
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large leek, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, diced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp curry powder
1/2 tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp celery seeds
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 cups raw milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
4 cups cauliflower

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat and then add the olive oil. Add the onion through ginger and sweat for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Next add all the spices of curry through celery seeds, stirring well, and cook for 3 min.

Add the flour and mix until incorporated.

Next, add the raw milk in 1 cup increments every minute (as to not chill the soup), stirring slowly. Then add the chicken broth and cauliflower. Bring the soup to a boil, stirring constantly so the raw milk does not scald on the bottom, and then lower the temperature to a simmer. Allow the soup to reduce for 30 min, stirring occasionally.

Finally, carefully purée half the soup in a blender for 5 seconds, then stir back into the soup. Garnish with crème fraîche and green onions if desired. Serve immediately.

~Yields 2 hearty servings, or 4 small bowls.

~Original by Brie.


  1. First day of spring for me but Im still diggin the soup!

  2. I love this soup. Never put ginger in before. Sounds yummy!

  3. Sounds like a perfect winter soup. I do love flavor of cauliflower,leek and celery in soup. As it's at the door, I'm bookmarking this soup and I will absolutely try it.

  4. I've been really craving soup lately, but it hasn't quite been cool enough yet. It's coming though. I can feel it. I'll have to give this cauliflower soup a whirl. It sounds delicious!

  5. I love cauliflower but I've never had cauliflower soup. Looks delicious.

  6. Lovely flavored soup! I don't want to hear about fall since we did not have any summer here! but will gladly eat this soup even if it has a fall scent to it.

  7. I could use a big bowl of your soup right about now. For me Autumn feels like it's been here for a while. The cool weather always puts me in a soup and baking mood. Thanks for sharing your great recipe.

  8. Mmm. Love the flavors, but I will take the liberty of switching to vegetable stock if that's alright?
    I think that same strange breeze blew through here yesterday, which make today a perfect day for your soup. Thanks, Brie!

  9. I am with you - SO tired of muggy heat. I can totally imagine enjoying this soup on a crisp day - and a really inventive use of spices!

  10. Wow! You guys did an amazing job!It's just perfect!

  11. Wow...love the collection of photos. The interiors are so inspiring...with the right amount Indian and Western decor to be appreciated by all.Thanks for sharing the photos :))

    Susan Graham