Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream

Thanksgiving has passed. The holiday was filled with wonderful food and plenty of over indulgence. We are exhausted.

Over the months, I have been reading many of your blogs that highlight Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, around my french table. I am now a proud owner of her cookbook, and this is the first recipe that was prepared. A beautiful, silky smooth cauliflower soup that is easy to prepare, and hits the spot just right on a cold day, following a huge eating festival.

We generously peppered and drizzled the soup with a bit of good extra-virgin olive oil just before serving.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream
Serves 8
Recipe from around my french table
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 Vidalia, Spanish, or large yellow onions (about 3/4 pound), coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, split, germ removed, and thinly sliced
3 celery stalks, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 thyme sprigs, leaves only
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 head cauliflower, leaves removed, broken into florets (discard the tough core)
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Put the olive oil and butter in a large Dutch oven or soup pot and warm over low heat.  When the butter is melted, add the onions, garlic, celery, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of white pepper.  Stir until all the ingredients glisten with oil and butter, then cover the pot and cook slowly, stirring often, for 20 minutes.
Toss the cauliflower into he pot and pour in the broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat so that the broth simmers gently, and cook, uncovered, for another twenty-minutes, or until the cauliflower is very soft.
Puree the soup in batches in a blender or food processor; or use an immersion blender.  This soup is best when it is very smooth, so if you think it needs it, push it through the strainer.  (If you’ve used a standard blender, this shouldn’t be necessary.)  Taste for salt and pepper; I like to pepper teh soup generously.
Serve plain or garnished with the topping of your choice.

Optional toppings: Extra-virgin olive oil, walnut oil, grated cheese, crushed toasted walnuts, creme fraiche or sour cream, caviar or shaved truffles.


48 thoughts on “Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream

  1. I certainly hope someone (hint, hint, my children) reads my Amazon wish list and gives me Dorie's book!The soup looks lovely and really, Velva, I long for a cool break in this warm November!


  2. Ah, lovely, and almost vegan. I have children who are vegan and my recipes have to be quite versatile. Without the butter, and I can totally see this on any vegan table. Thank you, Velva. You are always ahead of the curve.


  3. I won the cookbook from Barbara, Movable Feasts and am l-o-v-e ing it. Beautiful cookbook. I did notice this soup and so glad to see your post. This is one of the recipes I've marked.


  4. Man, why is it I see great dishes like this, and I already went to the market today after the gym? I was just talking about cauliflower with hubby's step mom…DARN!


  5. Hey Velva, this soup sounds like the perfect, healthful meal after indulging. I would love a bowl of this cream-less soup with just a piece of whole grain bread and salad. That would really hit the spot right now actually;)!


  6. OK, the universe is telling me to make cauliflower soup. This is the ninth recipe I've seen in the past several months! Yours sounds wonderful! I love that you didn't feel the need to add cream, just my style!!


  7. I have to get that cookbook! It is on my list… and then we could do some baking days together… \”the V club!\”… I love that about cauliflower. Cream is not needed, but it is not so easy to make a lovely tasting cauliflower soup. I look forward to the possibility of getting this book as a gift. If not, I will gift it to myself in January!wink wink!:)Valerie


  8. I have always wanted to make cauliflower soup, but never got round to it. Yours looks delicious, would love to have a bowl of this. I have a couple of awards over at my blog. Please do drop by to pick them up when you can. Have a nice day!


  9. This looks delightful and might even convince my boyfriend he likes cauliflower 🙂 After seeing so many blog posts, I put Dorie Greenspan's cookbook on my Christmas list and I'm crossing my fingers for it 🙂 :)Sues


  10. So glad to hear that you received a copy of Dorie's newest book. It really is a treasure trove of pretty pictures and recipes. Can't wait to try this recipe as part of the ffwd group. Looks delicious.


  11. I just bought …. errr invested in Dorie's book and want to make it all. But I shall start with this – I do love my sooup. Especially creamless ones! Looks so warm and welcoming.


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