Cauliflower Spaghetti Soup with Garlic Bread

Italian comfort food--my mom made this when we were kids. Not many people have heard of it but it is a family favorite with lots of garlic, black pepper, and tender cauliflower simmering in a tomato broth. Serve with real garlic bread for a true Italian feast!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


Garlic Bread:

  • 1 (8 ounce) baguette

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened, or more to taste

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or to taste

  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon base

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • ¾ (16 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into small pieces

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 3 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Prepare garlic bread: slice baguette in half lengthwise and slather in butter. Sprinkle minced garlic and garlic salt over both sides. Put halves together and wrap in aluminum foil.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and slice at an angle. Set aside.

  4. While the garlic bread is in the oven, combine water and bouillon for soup in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Add cauliflower and broken spaghetti. Stir to submerge pasta and return to a boil. Cook for 8 minutes.

  5. At the same time, heat a saucepan over medium-low heat for 3 minutes. Add olive oil and then garlic; simmer until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in tomato sauce to sear in the garlic and oil flavor; set aside.

  6. When cauliflower and pasta have cooked for 8 minutes, pour tomato sauce into the stockpot; stir to mix. Add sea salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, 3 to 5 minutes longer.

  7. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
12g Fat
75g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 1289mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 45mg 223%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 803mg 17%

* 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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