Let me start by saying that I love cauliflower for it’s ability to blend into so many different meals. I’ll stick it in a stew, throw it on a tray of roast vegetables, tuck some into a chickpea and chicken curry, or even sneak it into a simple stir fry. The thing is we never think to let cauliflower do it’s own thing. What are cauliflower’s hopes and aspirations? What if it doesn’t want to be a supporting character in your dinner?

Well I’ve learned that with only a few ingredients you can set a stage for cauliflower to do it’s own thing. This recipe for cauliflower soup is easy to make, ridiculously cheap, and surprisingly tasty. You may want to serve it as a side to something heavier but I find that if you’re looking for a lighter meal this works perfectly.

Cauliflower Soup

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:35 minutes
  • Servings:6
  • Easy


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cup water
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper
Photo by Max Faucher
  • Step 1

    Break the head of cauliflower into smaller, uniform pieces, slice the onion, and mince the garlic.

  • Step 2

    In a pot, saute the onion for a few minutes until translucent and then add the garlic for a minute longer.

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  • Step 3

    Add the cauliflower, the salt, and one cup of water.

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  • Step 4

    Bring the water to a bubble, cover the pot and let the cauliflower cook for 15 minutes.

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  • Step 5

    Add two more cups of water, heat until bubbling again, and then remove the pot.

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  • Step 6

    In a blender or food processor, puree the soup until smooth. You may have to work in batches. It seems like there is a lot of water but it will get surprisingly thick.

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  • Step 7

    Serve the soup topped with chopped parsley, olive oil and cracked pepper. If you need the heat you can go for some hot sauce too.

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