This is simple and delicious. The taste is so smooth and creamy most people think this is a fattening soup loaded with cream and potatoes. People are always shocked by how few ingredients are needed.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the cauliflower florets into a large bowl of lightly salted water; allow to stand for 20 minutes. Drain well, and arrange on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Spray the olive oil cooking spray evenly on the cauliflower.

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  • Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

  • Broil the cauliflower until browned, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large soup pot, and cook the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes; stir in the garlic and roasted cauliflower. Pour in the water, season with salt and black pepper, and simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Blend the soup in the pot with an immersion hand blender until creamy and smooth.

Nutrition Facts

141 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 13.2g 4% DV; fat 9.2g 14% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 92.6mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
Just tried this tonight. Really very good. I did modify the recipe a little and used vegetable broth instead of water for a richer flavor. I've been looking for more nutritious, lower calorie recipes, and this really fits the bill. We had this soup with fresh pitas and red pepper hummus for a nice light supper. Thanks for posting it! Will definitely make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2012
This soup does come out a little bland and there is far more olive oil than needed. I put the cauliflower in a bowl with garlic cloves, sprayed it and added salt, pepper and some curry powder before roasting. Then instead of frying onions in oil, I boiled onions, celery and a carrot in vegetable broth. After that was mainly cooked, I added the roasted cauliflower to the broth for about 10 more minutes to make sure that it was well cooked for blending. Added a wee bit of cheddar to each bowl when serving. Yummy. It doesn't hurt to boil veggies in water, if you are going to eat the water too!! Read More
(60)
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 87
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
Just tried this tonight. Really very good. I did modify the recipe a little and used vegetable broth instead of water for a richer flavor. I've been looking for more nutritious, lower calorie recipes, and this really fits the bill. We had this soup with fresh pitas and red pepper hummus for a nice light supper. Thanks for posting it! Will definitely make again. Read More
(101)
Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2012
This soup does come out a little bland and there is far more olive oil than needed. I put the cauliflower in a bowl with garlic cloves, sprayed it and added salt, pepper and some curry powder before roasting. Then instead of frying onions in oil, I boiled onions, celery and a carrot in vegetable broth. After that was mainly cooked, I added the roasted cauliflower to the broth for about 10 more minutes to make sure that it was well cooked for blending. Added a wee bit of cheddar to each bowl when serving. Yummy. It doesn't hurt to boil veggies in water, if you are going to eat the water too!! Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2011
This is a great recipe as-is. As originally created it is wonderful but a little bland for my taste, so I did modify the recipe a little to my likes, I added 1 yellow bell pepper, I used white pepper vs black pepper for appearance purposes and I like the taste better of white pepper. I also added some curry powder and celery salt. Instead of using chicken stock I used the water and added chicken granules for the basic same effect. I also added some fried tofu garnishes as well. This put the soup over the top in my book. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2012
I love the base for this recipe and added my touches to make it a little heartier. I added broccoli and carrots along with onions and garlic to chicken broth, instead of water. I'm a garlic lover, so I used garlic in both the broth and the roasted cauliflower. Once everything was cooked, I saved about 1/3 of the veggies, pureed the rest, chopped the saved veggies and added it to the puree. Tasty. :) Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
This was delicious! I didn't use the olive oil and it was still excellent. Adding curry powder celery salt and using chicken broth instead of water worked magic. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2013
This is fabulous! I tossed the cauliflower with good olive oil (instead of spray) and added a red pepper and sautéed it with the onion. I had only one head of cauliflower but added 4 cups of water instead of 3. It was still creamy and tasty. Wow! Thanks for a new favorite recipe! I didn't feel the need to jazz up the recipe with other ingredients. I guess some might not appreciate the subtlety of the favors, but I did and I would definitely not want to change that! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/31/2011
Even with the flavorful substitution of seasoned homemade chicken stock instead of water I found this soup to lacking in flavor. Another reviewer mentioned adding curry and that might have just been the ticket to a tastier soup. I love roasted cauliflower and thought that roasting the cauliflower would bring out a tantalizing nutty flavor. I did not use olive oil cooking spray but sprayed the cauliflower with pure olive oil before roasting. Being of the more is better school of thought when it comes to garlic I used more than four cloves. I roasted them whole with the cauliflower and perhaps sautéing them with the onion as the recipe directed instead of roasting would have boosted the flavor. The soup was best the day after it was made and gets an extra star for being healthy! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
I added 2 slices of bacon when frying onions Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2015
This was a delicious base for a great soup!! I added finely chopped carrots celery and jalapeño to the onions and roasted parsnip along with the cauliflower...it was amazing!!! I also sautéed some onions carrots celery and jalapeño and added veggies to the blended soup...highly recommend this!! Read More
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