Paul Bertolli’s Cauliflower Soup
I had a head of cauliflower, it’s getting cold outside and I wanted some soup but it had to be very simple. I found this recipe on Food52, I had run out of stock vegetable or chicken and couldn’t run to the store, was waiting for a delivery and when I saw how easy this soup was and the list of ingredients is minimal I knew this was what I would make. This is part of the Food52 Genius collection, it is genius in it’s simplicity and tasting it you would never know just how easy it is to make. It would be an elegant addition to any meal, your guests will be impressed. As it is this recipe is vegan, no dairy or animal products at all. Of course I added a couple of tbs of butter to mine, just because I like butter but this is completely optional and unnecessary. The soup is delicious as is.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion (6 ounces), sliced thin
- 1 head very fresh cauliflower (about 1-1/2 pounds), broken into florets
- Salt, to taste
- 5 1/2 cups water, divided
- Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Warm the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Sweat the onion in the olive oil over low heat without letting it brown for 15 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower, salt to taste, and 1/2 cup water. Raise the heat slightly, cover the pot tightly and stew the cauliflower for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Then add another 4 1/2 cups hot water, bring to a low simmer and cook an additional 20 minutes uncovered.
- Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender to a very smooth, creamy consistency. Let the soup stand for 20 minutes. In this time it will thicken slightly.
- Thin the soup with 1/2 cup hot water. Reheat the soup. Serve hot, drizzled with a thin stream of extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.
Looks yummy- love your drizzle on top! 🙂
Thanks so much, it’s delicious and so simple. I had a pot of soup in an hour. Great recipe!
Oh no! I’ve just made cauliflower cheese with my cauliflower – now I’m kind of wishing I’d made this. I always love a good cauliflower soup and this one sounds so elegant and simple. Oh well next time!
Thats funny because I almost made cheesy cauliflower gratin but opted for the simple soup. Wish we could swap out some of each.
yes that would be good – we’d get the best of both worlds! Sadly, I think it would be cold by the time it arrived!
Ha! yes I’m afraid neither dish would or could withstand the trip.
Such a simple and heart warming recipe Suzanne. I bought a cauliflower today from the grocery store. Will make a small portion soon.
It’s so good Sonal, it takes almost no time to prepare and is so comforting. I was thinking of adding curry spice to it, that would be delicious also.
I am sure, that would be a different soup altogether :).
It would but I think it would be really good.
I love this soup! I’ve been wanting to make a cauliflower soup for these chilly days too! Mmm this one looks really smooth and creamy!
It’s really nice, yes super smooth and creamy. Just delicious.
This is the same way, like I make my cauliflower soup! Deilcious! x
It’s the best, so easy. I almost feel guilty posting something so simple but then simple is so often the best.
I agree & so do many others! xxx
Cauliflower soup is my favourite! Perfect as you’ve described for those chilly days! Definitely would love to try this soup, it’s looks so comforting and warming!
It’s fantastic Jessica, love this soup.
Hi Suzanne, Love soups! How chilly is it in NY? Hot still in Florida. Cheryl
Up until yesterday the weather was pretty warm 60’s and 70’s but today and over the weekend it will be colder, 40’s and 50’s perfect soup weather. Blustery cool weather and hot soup go hand in hand. Thanks Cheryl.
I made cauliflower last night for dinner and realized that it has quickly become one of my favorite vegetables because it is so versatile. Looks yummy 🙂
Me too, it’s chameleon like. can take on just about any flavor. Can sub as mashed potatoes if you are watching carbs, resemble cous cous. Love the stuff.
Nice. I love cauliflower soup…
Me too! Thank you.
looks very good!
Mmmmmm! I LOVE cauliflower soup this time of year!
Me too, thanks Tux!
Looks fab, and much healthier than my version 🙂 A great lighter option!
It’s very light, even with the small amount of butter I added. Thanks Nicky.
This looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to try it 🙂
It’s delicious Ree thanks so much.
Looks and sound delicious, never had cauliflower soup! Love the olive oil on top! 🙂
Thank you so much Michael!
One of the best soups I’ve ever had in my life was a cauliflower soup…get this, on a plane! It was in first class and was divine. Long story, but we did not pay for first class, my husband’s company did and I’m telling you they serve amazing food! It was years ago though….what is funny is I don’t even like cauliflower on it’s own but I loved the soup. Now, we can’t even do cauliflower b/c of his gout, but I still could eat it.
This looks so yummy and easy…I would have to add some garlic though because I love the extra kick and flavor garic adds to my soup! 🙂
I never got kicked up to first class, I’ve heard the food is great though. I love cauliflower soup, it’s so creamy and delicious. The garlic would be great in the soup. Even using shallot instead of onion I think would really make it fantastic. Thanks Brandi.
Wow wow what a comforting soup… Apt for the weather…. yummmm
It is perfect for cool Fall weather thanks Chitra.
Ummm… Sounds wonderful Suzanne. As a kid, my family never served cauliflower. I’m glad to have caught on to it as an adult. Happy Halloween & hugs!
I never had it as a kid either. I had it for the first time as an adult. Love the stuff, Thanks so much.
I love soup when the weather turns cool and this soup looks delicious.
Me too, thanks so much.
Amazing ! – and deeply interesting, Suzanne, all this about the Food52 Genius collection ! If the rest are as good as this recipe, I shall be VERY happy !
Thanks for this one. 🙂
I so love simple straightforward recipes. This is genius in its simplicity. I hope you enjoy, I know you are in the throes of summer and soup may not be on the menu but sometime if you make it I hope you like. Thank you.
Sometimes making a soup on a cooler day and dividing it up into portions in the frig can be wonderful: a bowl of soup alone furnishes a summer meal. 😀
Looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it!
Even the vegetable adverse kids liked this one. Thank you.
Hi Suzanne, love that there is no cream used but it looks so creamy. Cauliflower is one of those veggies that has really grown on me in recent years. Very nice!
It tastes like there is cream in it, it’s that creamy. I really love cauliflower. Thanks Cheri.
Cannot get any more delicious than that! 🙂
It’s just like your soup which was my inspiration. I didn’t have stock of any kind, turns out this tastes great without. Thanks Francesca.
I’ve been wanting to make this soup for ages! I love cauliflower and it’s truly all about the cauliflower!
It really is all about the cauliflower, the onion enhances rather than detract, It’s a perfectly balanced soup, Delicious. Thanks Susan.
I wish this PC would allow me to go through the screen, pick up this bowl, and eat it for dinner lol. Seriously, this is amazing
The soup is so good, I saved some for tomorrow I bet it will be even better the next day. Thanks.
I love cawliflower and this soup is simple, yet amazingly inviting. My kind of dish when I´m alone!
It is such a great meal, warm comforting soup. Thanks so much,
This looks so lovely and comforting Suzanne! I’d love some for my lunch right now with some crunchy bread on the side. Have a great weekend!
Thanks Margot, would love to have you over for a bowl of soup with some lovely bread. You have a great weekend also.
That drizzle of olive oil gives the soup a real gourmet touch! It sounds like a wonderful recipe–I will have to try it soon!
Thanks Nancy, it’s a great soup, quick and easy all you need is cauliflower and onion. So simple.
Luks yummy :). will try it soon 🙂
Thanks so much.
I think sometimes we can (and not just cooks, everybody!) in such complex flavors that we can forget what food tastes like! And it’s ok for Cauliflower to taste just like cauliflower, and the same holds true for everything. I LOVE the idea of this soup!
This would meet with your frugal guidelines. Feeds 6 and costs literally a few cents per person, Thanks so much.
It would, wouldn’t it! And enough room left over for some toasted croutons or maybe even a grilled cheese!
This sounds fab. I love cauliflower, and I LOVE simple recipes – thanks 🙂
Would love to drizzle some your olive oil on this soup. Thanks so much.
That would be great! We’re kinda getting out of soup season here, so I think I might have to delay this 😦
Great for when you have cooler weather for sure.
Cauliflower soup is one of my favourites! And I love Food52 too. Great recipes and products to be found!
Thanks Mika, yes to both.
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Simple and beautiful. I’ll be making this. I’m so glad you didn’t add heavy cream. While I love it, my stomach cannot tolerate it. This is perfect.
I usually like some cream in my pureed soups but this didn’t need it, it’s creamy without, I love it. Thanks Amanda.
Oh, might have to try this on Sunday….
It’s good, a nice glass of wine with it, white or red? Does it matter? I think I would love white because the soup is light.
I love this kind of easy, yet delicious and clean soups for fall! Thanks for sharing Suzanne! Going on my list 🙂
Thank you, I love this soup, Healthful, delicious and perfectly seasonal.
It sounds like perfect winter-warming food. And easy to make too, what’s not to like. 😉
It is, thank you so much.
Perfectly simple. Love it.
It really is and wonderful! Thanks so much.
A delicious and comforting soup 🙂
Thank you, it is both, this is one I will make often.
It is good to have a hot soup for this cold season, our weather turns to bitter, windy and wet. 😦
Totally agree, I just got in and had a hot bowl of the leftover soup, it’s cold and rainy and blustery. The soup was so good and warming, Thank you so much,
When you have great ingredients, it doesn’t take much to turn out a fabulous dish! I wonder if I’d like cauliflower soup as I’m not a big fan of this cruciferous veg. I have a big pot of broccoli soup on right now as it’s probably the only cool-ish day we will have here in So Cal for another month! 🙂
I wonder, it definitely tastes like cauliflower but there is a good dose of onion in the soup so that really changes how it tastes. I love it, it’s so creamy and smooth. Love broccoli soup also. Do you make it creamy?
what a lovely recipe! Like how the veggie side turns itself into a soup. What a perfect meal 🙂
It’s the best soup, almost addictive. The creaminess is so wonderful I love it. I can’t wait to get another head of cauliflower and make some more.
Looks creamy delicious Suzanne!! We’re big soup eaters here.
It was so creamy, I’m a big soup eater in cold weather. This was so good. Thanks so much.
I love soup to warm you up– but I also love leftovers from a big pot of soup!
Me too, this soup gave me 3 days of leftovers and I gave some to my friends. I had a big pot of soup. Leftovers are the best.
I love your drizzle on top. 🙂
Thanks so much, next time I will drizzle a spiral.
It looks so creamy – can’t believe it doesn’t have any stock. How easy is that!
It’s so easy, and I am glad it doesn’t contain stock, that would detract from the cauliflower flavor I think, this soup is pure joy to eat. Thank you.
Yum Yum Yum!!! I must make this 🙂
It’s so simple and delicious I highly recommend the recipe. Thank you.
You had me at minimal ingredients! Looks delicious and simple to make…the perfect soup. 🙂
Yes, minimal always appeals to me. Thanks so much Nancy,