Creamy Cauliflower Soup

This Creamy Cauliflower Soup is unbelievably creamy yet dairy-free and vegan, thanks to cashews and cannellini beans. It’s easy and quick to make, freezes great, and is satisfying enough for a main meal. The perfect healthy weeknight dinner!

(Recipe) Creamy Cauliflower Soup

 

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves 4

This Creamy Cauliflower Soup is unbelievably creamy yet dairy-free and vegan, thanks to cashews and cannellini beans. It’s easy and quick to make, freezes great, and is satisfying enough for a main meal. The perfect healthy weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-large cauliflower cut into large florets (~750g of florets)
  • 1 cup (140g) raw cashews
  • 8 to 12 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 large fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2 (15-ounce/425g) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups (960 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (240 mL) water (or more vegetable broth)
  • 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For Finishing

  • Lemon zest
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (or Aleppo pepper)
  • Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Bread for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour boiling water over the cashews to cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse before using. Meanwhile, prep all the other ingredients (cut cauliflower, herbs, garlic).
  2. Make the bouquet garni. Use kitchen twine to tie up the thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, and bay leaf.
  3. Pour in some of the vegetable broth and deglaze the pot, stirring up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the remaining broth, water, soaked and drained cashews, cauliflower florets, cannellini beans, nutritional yeast, kosher salt, and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Gently tuck the bouquet garni into the broth. It’s okay if the cauliflower isn’t totally submerged by the liquid – they’ll cook down.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil. Then reduce the heat to maintain a rapid simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and soft.
  5. Once the soup is done cooking, remove the bouquet garni and transfer the soup to a stand blender (you will need to do this in two batches). Remove the center cap of the blender and cover it with a dish towel to allow the steam to escape. Blend until smooth, thick, and creamy.

    Note: You can also use an immersion blender, but the texture won’t be as smooth.

  6. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly (I usually add a bit more salt at this stage). Transfer the soup to bowls, and before serving, zest some lemon on top, add a scattering of chili flakes, and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Serve with bread.

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