Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower, the humble vegetable that many of us have seen served on our plates at home or in a Chinese meal trying to bulk it up in lieu of meat. Any preconceived ideas you have on this vegetable I ask you to not be so judgemental.

Not only is Cauliflower budget friendly it actually has an impressive nutritional profile. It contains high levels of vitamin A and C, calcium, it is low in fat and carbohydrates and contains high levels of dietary fibre making it a great substitute for rice or potatoes. I personally don’t mind cauliflower and when blitzed into this easy Cauliflower Soup I hope you become a fan too!

This recipe for Cauliflower soup is so easy to put together. You simply boil the cauliflower in some chicken stock (or vegetable if you wish to keep it purely vegetarian) along with one sliced leek. Once the cauliflower is soft, allow the soup to cool before blitzing it in the blender. From here you will be left with a light fluffy and already creamy tasting soup. For a bit of indulgence we do add a small amount of cream, however if you want to keep the soup healthier you can leave the cream out. Once you have blended your soup return it to the stove to heat through.

To serve I like to top my soup with some crispy bacon bits for added texture and saltiness! However, it tastes pretty good just on its own.

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Simple Cauliflower Soup made with just 4 key ingredients.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3L Chicken Stock
  • 1 Leek, sliced and washed
  • 100ml thickened cream
Instructions
  1. Add the cauliflower, leek and stock to a large pot.
  2. On a medium heat, bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  3. In batches blend the soup until smooth and return to a clean pot. Repeat with remaining mixture. Add the cream.
  4. Place over low heat and cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Serve with crispy bacon bits or a simple slice of bread!

 

Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin soup has got to be up there with some of the tastiest foods ever (and something Brooke would eat every day if she could). When winter rolls around, the cravings for soup inadvertently comes with it (not that winter is overly cold in Perth). With the barometer dropping to a freezing (16 degrees Celsius) in Perth, we braved the chilling conditions to visit a local farmers market to collect the necessary ingredients for Brooke’s roasted pumpkin and sweet potato soup recipe.

This delicious recipe is so simple, plus it has some easy steps that save you some time and add loads of flavour.

This flavour-packed soup is adapted from a Donna Hay recipe and it is roasting the pumpkin and sweet potato first that I think makes this recipe so good.

A tip when you are roasting your vegetables. You will know the pumpkin and sweet potato is done when the pumpkin has caramelised and is soft enough to scoop away from the skin. If you think your sweet potato has cooked faster then your pumpkin, don’t stress. Just remove from the pan and keep to the side while the pumpkin remains cooking.

If you wish to season the soup, following Brooke’s family recipe, she likes to season with Clive of India curry powder. Other alternatives are nutmeg or cumin, or simply leave just how it is! This roasted pumpkin and sweet potato soup recipe is a must for winter lunches or dinners.

If your looking another soup to try then why not give our cauliflower soup recipe a go.

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Roasted pumpkin and sweet potato soup – Recipe Instructions

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Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
 
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This delicious recipe is so simple, plus it has some easy steps that save you some time and add loads of flavour.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1Kg butternut pumpkin (left in half)
  • 500g kabocha pumpkin (Japanese pumpkin)
  • 500g sweet potato
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • sea salt
  • 3 ½ cups (875ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • cream to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F).
  2. If the pumpkin is whole, cut the pumpkin in half (lengthways) and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Peel the sweet potato, and cut into large chunks
  4. Place the pumpkin and sweet potato and a halved onion in a roasting pan. Be sure to cook the pumpkin skin side down.
  5. Drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with salt.
  6. Bake for 55–60 minutes or until the pumpkin and sweet potato is just soft and starting to brown.
  7. While the roasted vegetables cool down, you can slice the leek into 1 centimetre rings, and wash thoroughly.
  8. Before you cook the leeks, you can begin to scoop the roasted pumpkin away from the skin. Add to the leeks once they are sautéed.
  9. After heating a large pot you can sauté the leek with a drizzle of olive oil.
  10. Once the leeks are soft, you can add the roasted pumpkin and sweet potato to the pot.
  11. Add 1 cup of the chicken stock at a time and blend until smooth.
  12. Once the vegetables have broken down and cooled slightly, you can blend the soup in a blender or just use a stick blender.
  13. Pour the mixture back into a saucepan, add remaining stock if required
  14. Season the soup with curry powder and add honey.
  15. Place over medium heat until soup is heated through.
  16. Serve with a dash of cream.
Notes
I would recommend blending the soup in the pot using a stick blender (bar mix) to avoid more washing up.