Cauliflower Stalk Puree with Spinach - the Super Soup


Save your cauliflower greens! They are edible! You may not expect much from a bowl of greens, but this soup is savory, delicious, and paleolithic. Garnish each serving with Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
4 servings


  • 5 cups chopped cauliflower stems and leaves

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon dried minced shallots

  • 14 fluid ounces water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine cauliflower stems and leaves, chicken broth, garlic, and shallots in a 4-quart pot; add enough water to cover the leaves. Cover pot and bring liquid to a simmer.

  2. Heat bacon drippings in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot bacon drippings until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add onion to the soup and continue to simmer until stems soften, about 2 hours.

  3. Pour soup into a blender no more than half full. Cover and hold lid down; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Puree in batches until smooth. Return soup to pot and stir spinach, salt, and pepper into soup; simmer for 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For a vegan option, substitute olive oil for bacon fat and vegetable broth for chicken broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

60 Calories
1g Fat
12g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 565mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 62mg 310%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 501mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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