Garlic Cauliflower Soup

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At least the pictures look delicious right?



4.7 from 16 reviews
Garlic Cauliflower Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large head cauliflower (740 grams) cored, separated and cut into florets
  • Herbed goat cheese for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat your olive oil over medium-low heat
  2. Add your onions and a pinch of salt and saute until tender, about 10 minutes
  3. Add your garlic and saute for another 2-3 minutes stirring often
  4. Add the cauliflower and 1 cup (250 ml) of water
  5. Cover your pot or dutch oven and simmer until the cauliflower is fork tender which should take 10-15 minutes
  6. Uncover, add another 4 cups (1 liter) water, raise the heat to high and bring to a boil
  7. Reduce the heat to low to maintain a steady simmer and continue to cook for another 20 minutes
  8. You can now use an immersion blender to puree your soup or work in batches and blend it in a food processor or blender
  9. Once pureed, keep on low heat until ready to serve
  10. Ladle your soup into bowls, drizzle with extra olive oil, season with salt and pepper and garnish with herbed goat cheese of your choice
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy

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  1. This is amazing soup! Such simple ingredients, but flavor is perfect. I used beef broth and it was so good. I’ve made other cauliflower soups, but this one is spot on

  2. Made this tonight, but added red pepper flake with the onions and a little lemon zest and juice at the end to brighten it up in homage to my favorite pasta sauce (Olio e Aglio). It tasted like spring with a little hint of heat. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Oh man…made this for the first time tonight, adding some homemade spicy Italian sausage I made from ground turkey – mmm-mm! Some kinda yum. My husband the potato fanatic was like, “Potato soup, what? Cream who?” If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. I pinned this a while ago, waiting for the weather to cool down. I woke up this morning feeling a little under the weather, needing something warm and comforting – it’s perfect! I have struggled to find a paleo comfort food for when I’m sick, since the old chicken noodle soup is not an option. Thanks for another great recipe, and all you do! I’m already feeling better, curled up on my couch with a big bowl of warm soup and a good book. :)

  5. Sensational recipe, George! I only used chicken broth instead of water. I’ve been salivating over this since the moment you posted it today. Thanks for being the best!!

  6. I subbed beef bone broth for the water, added butter and dill. Amazing! Thanks for the recipe! 2nd course was the pork chops you made for Real food con, also delicious!

  7. This soup looks amazing! Made it for my husband who is vegan and was really sick with a cold. Added some red pepper flakes, chopped celery leaves and extra garlic. He loved it! Great recipe!

  8. Just made this for dinner tonight and it’s sooo good! I used chicken stock instead of water and only used 3 cups total so it would be thicker. I also added a TB of butter to the olive oil in the beginning and topped it off with crumbled bacon at the end. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. haven’t used it yet–always print out 2 or 3 recipes, look for the tastes I like and proceed with the coglomeration.sorry I never heard of George.

  10. Just made this! I had a bunch of baby leaks from the garden that needed to be used so I substuted them for the onion. Used 4C/1C broth/water and 4T grass fed butter (weakness). So good! bagging and tagging for snacks at work and can’t wait to have it with the goat cheese.

  11. I have come down with a lovely fall cold and made this last night. It was just what I needed!! I used a little garlic powder to top it off since my taste buds are sub par right now. I love the creamy texture, just the comfort I needed. Love it!!!
    Thanks George!!

  12. Made this last night with a few additions! I used chicken broth from boiled chicken instead of water for extra flavor, and threw in the shredded chicken right before serving. Garnished with bacon instead of goat cheese. It was delish! Even my kid liked it, and thats saying a lot!

  13. I’ve had this pinned for a short time, and this past weekend while on our regular farmer’s market jaunt, found these beautiful heads of heirloom cauliflower. I knew right away I was going to make this. In the meantime I had strained some goat’s milk yogurt for “greek style” and had some leftover whey that I read you should save and add to soup. I added this in as part of the 4 cups of water. When it came time to puree, my food processor (bottom of the line) was still lined with some chai spices I’d pulverized last night, so the end product (a little more rustic in texture than your photo shows due to the class of my processor) had just a hint of the spices… but it didn’t hurt it at all. :) thank you for the recipe. I look forward to trying more and more of your recipes. For me to like this soup is going some, I’ve never been a fan of cauliflower! But my dinner tonight was delicious!! Thanks again.

  14. Gotta say, wasn’t a huge fan of this recipe as is. Seemed a bit bland.

    I like the idea though, and I’ll probably give it another go using chicken stock instead of water.

  15. Just finding your site and I am in love! This was fantastic! I roasted the cauliflower first, and had just added it to the pan with the onion and garlic, my husband walked by and made a face and asked what it was. I told him he didn’t have to eat it, not to worry. When it was made, he couldn’t stop stealing spoonfuls from the stove. I added cucumber, dill, a little chicken stock to thin it a bit, of course bacon and a splash of cayanne.

  16. Ha ha! I actually made something similar to this by accident. I was attempting to make ‘mashed no tatoes’ which is mashed cauliflower with garlic and butter… I put it in my Vitamix to blend and it turned into soup! It was good though. Thank you for all the recipes and for sharing your journey!

    Like the rest of these folks, I have to wait a little while. It is definitely hot down here in the deep south, Georgia, so I’ll wait until the end of October to try this one. :)

  17. When the winter comes i shall be making this soup as it will be a nice winter warmer…..sorry cant wait till winter going to have to make it sooner.

  18. YUM! I made this last week and the whole family loved it. I cant have onion, so I tried using stock instead of water to make up for the loss of flavor, which I think may have over-flavored it a little. Next time I will stick to water.

    Its winter here in Australia now (perfect soup weather) but I think it would work in summer too, the goats cheese is a nice addition and makes it fresh and appealing.

  19. I am excited to try this! I have a bunch of cauliflower alfredo sauce in the freezer from the last time I got cauliflower. This soup looks great!

  20. So I’m in Washington visiting my folks and back home in the LBC Cali it is some where between 80-90, but up here it is nice and cool. So last night I decided to make this to go with our steaks and bacon brusel sprouts. I changed a few things.. I also baked the cauliflower for a little and I also used chicken stock instead of water. My mom was very impressed and still thinks I used butter in it. Next time I think I’m going to use less liquid (we like our soup thicker) and I am thinking that bacon would be AWESOME on this also. Think we are going to try tonight with the left overs:) Also loving the pics on Instagram.

  21. This is right up my alley George and I love the simplicity in the recipe. I had this happen to me once when I was making cauliflower mash and it turned into cauliflower soup but it wasn’t as appealing as this one.

  22. Wow, you cook your cauliflower to death! I only simmer it for 8 minutes after it came to a boil and then puree it in the Cuisinart.
    Thank you kindly for the recipe!

  23. This sounds absolutely yummy! As soon as it cools off here a bit, I’m definitely going to try it…minus the goat cheese. Like everyone else seems to be saying it’s extremely hot here, so I’m hoping it cools down soon, yeah right :/ , so I can make this. Thanks for sharing this!

  24. I LOVE soup in the Summer for some weird reason. I’ve never been brave enough to try cauliflower soup, but your photos and recipe made me want to give this a try. Thanks for sharing! =]

  25. Love cauliflower soup. Since everyone seems to be talking about additions, my favorite is a little mound of caramelized shallots with drops of balsamic vinegar!

  26. George–thank you for your amazing attitude, your honesty in sharing your journey, and these delicious recipes!! Proud of you!

  27. I made this, but doubled the cauliflower and roasted it in the oven before adding it to the pot. Nutty, sublime excellent flavor profiles! I also mixed in some fresh goat milk Ricotta to give it some richness! Super yummy. Keep the recipes coming I love your posts on FB and your website. For some reason I can’t rate this but it is 5 STAR!

  28. I was in DC over the 4th as well and I know exactly how you feel! There was no “glistening” like a lady – I just plain looked like a sweaty athlete – ugh! But back home now and I can’t wait to try this!! If it is anywhere close to your banana bread, I know it will be amazing!

  29. George, this is fantastic! Only addition I made was a couple of chopped up fresh jalapeños in the boil stage to kick it up a bit!

  30. I am going into the kitchen right now to make this! I have a head of cauliflower that needs to be used! Thank you

  31. I know I’ve already volunteered for the position, but I will happily be your dishwasher/taste tester and I will add in copy editor as part of the package, too! Haha! Seriously, this looks great, I can’t wait to make it on my next day off. Even though it’s been a billion degrees here, this looks too good to wait for. :-)

  32. I can’t do soup in the summer; too humid! Too hot! We grill or turn the stove on just for a little bit during the summer. I am pinning this, though, so I can make it when the soup craving hits!

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