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Dear Cauliflower: When Did You Get So Delicious?

November 11, 2010

Hi friends!

This afternoon, I decided to get a head start on dinner.  We had a LOT of cauliflower leftover from Ryan’s cauliflower/veggie mash on Friday night.  Cooking up a cauliflower soup seemed like the perfect way to use up the rest of it!

I’ll be honest—cauliflower is one of those veggies that I never really think about cooking with.  I will happily sit down to a plate of brussels sprouts and dig right in, but a plate of plain old cauliflower?  Not so much.


I remembered hearing rumors in the blog world about roasted cauliflower being amazingly good.  Something about it getting all nutty and delicious.  I thought for this soup, I’d give it a go.

I’ve seen a few recipes floating around for creamy cauliflower soups, but I wanted this one to be different, so I gave it an Indian twist.  The recipe I came up with was really delicious—and it really couldn’t be easier!  

Curried Roasted Cauliflower Soup


1/2 head cauliflower, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1/8 cup olive oil

1 tbsp. yellow curry powder

1/2 tsp. salt

4 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp. coriander seeds

1 tsp. cumin seeds

additional salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400. 

In a mixing bowl, combine cauliflower and chopped onion with olive oil, curry powder, garlic, and salt.  Toss well.

Spread the veggies out on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until cauliflower is roasted and brown.

Remove cauliflower from oven and set aside.  In a dry soup pot, toast the spices briefly.  About a minute should be enough time to bring out their flavors, but don’t over-toast.  You don’t want to burn them! Once spices are toasted, add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  Add roasted cauliflower and continue to boil for another minute or two. Reduce to a simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes or longer.

Before serving, blend the soup with a submerging blender until desired smoothness is reached.

Here are some pics from the process:

Cauliflower pre-roasting:


And post-roasting:




Roasted cauliflower is kind of like that guy in high school who comes back from the summer after your junior year really  hot.  For three years, he’s completely unremarkable, and then all of a sudden: BAM! Hotness.

Yeah, roasted cauliflower is like that.

That ability to craft apt metaphors is why I get paid the big bucks just above the poverty line to teach creative writing. 

And, to interject here, let me just say that the blog world was not wrong.  Roasted cauliflower is, in fact, delicious.  This would be an excellent side dish on its own. 



cumin seeds

coriander seeds


Mmm…I love cooking with whole spice seeds! They give dishes so much flavor!

And finally…soup!

roasted cauliflower soup

roasted cauliflower soup

I’m not going to lie—this isn’t the most attractive soup you’ll ever see.  But it tastes amazing…perfect for a crisp fall night!

My one regret is that we didn’t have any warm naan to accompany the soup. 

Actually, my one regret is getting the South Carolina state flag tattooed on my ass lower, lower, lower back during my freshman year of college.

That I regret.  

Make this soup.  You won’t regret it.  😉


23 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2010 3:20 am

    I have always loved cauliflower. I never make it though for some reason. I think I hate the thought of chopping it all up.

  2. November 11, 2010 3:34 am

    I love roasted cauliflower. My husband loves the South Carolina flag. This post has something for both of us.

  3. November 11, 2010 3:39 am

    cauli roasted looks great alone

    and the whole seeds/spices ARE the way to go when possible, for sure!

    the soup came together awesomely!!! 🙂

  4. November 11, 2010 5:04 am

    I actually really like roasted cauliflower. So good.

  5. November 11, 2010 7:15 am

    this sounds amazing! i do love roasted cauliflower too.

  6. November 11, 2010 12:21 pm

    Don’t regret the tat, it is a piece of you past! Roasted cauliflower is amazing and what you did with it is perfect! YUM!!!

  7. November 11, 2010 12:26 pm

    Cauliflower is one of those things that only adults like, I’m convinced. I hated it as a kid and now, it’s one of my favorite vegetables, especially sprinkled with a little olive oil & curry and roasted. Yum.

  8. November 11, 2010 12:29 pm

    Ok, now that does look REALLY good! I might have to bring back cauliflower to my diet…I tend to overdose on the stuff and it does a number on my stomach. One would think I would have learned the moderation lesson by now. 😉

  9. November 11, 2010 1:30 pm

    You’ve been on a roll with the amazing recipes lately!! That looks SO good. Cauliflower is such a versatile veggie.

  10. November 11, 2010 1:34 pm

    Yum! We eat a lot of vegetables around here, but I can honestly say, we NEVER cook cauliflower! I’ll have to add that to our meal plan.

  11. November 11, 2010 1:39 pm

    YUM! I love cauliflower in all forms…so I would probably LOVE this soup. 🙂

  12. November 11, 2010 1:39 pm

    You are so not serious about that tattoo! I love cauliflower but my hubs is the one who could totally leave it. This soup sounds so good.

  13. November 11, 2010 2:13 pm

    Roasting cauliflower with curry is one of the best ways to serve this veggie! It’s instantly transformed into something incredible. Your soup looks delicious!

  14. November 11, 2010 2:29 pm

    You’re always really funny, Anna, but this post was pretty hilarious. Also, your tattoo?Totally amazing. You’re such a rebel! 😛

  15. November 11, 2010 3:16 pm

    you and these curry recipes…i HAVE to make one of them soon!

  16. November 11, 2010 5:15 pm

    the roasted cauliflower looks great! but I don’t like curry 😦 is that weird?

    • November 11, 2010 9:18 pm

      Ha, nah. I know a lot of people who aren’t crazy about it. It’s such a distinct flavor!

  17. November 12, 2010 4:06 am

    I love roasted cauliflower! Adding it to soup is just brilliant!

  18. November 12, 2010 9:18 pm

    Zero chance I will ever make this soup. In fact, it’s impossible for me to do anything with roasted cauliflower (like put it in a soup, portion it into tupperwares for lunch, etc.) EXCEPT eat it. And eat it all, almost immediately. And if hubby isn’t home from work yet, pretend I never ate it and just make a new vegetable for dinner. Roasted caulfilower is one of my fave foods. I’m sure the soup would be good, I just lack the will-power to make it. Maybe you can send Ryan our direction to cook dinner for us and he can make it?

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