Curried Cream of Cauliflower Soup
After stalking the weather channel the last few days (a favorite childhood past time) and realizing that 99% of the country is experiencing sub-zero temperatures as we speak, I made an executive decision and decided to declare this week…SOUP week!
For the next four days, I’ll be posting a brand new soup recipe each day on the blog. Each soup will be very different than the last, but they are all equally as delicious–not to mention, each recipe can be made in less than an hour.
Plus, it’s a known fact that soups make the best leftovers. Let’s get started…
First things first. This curried cream of cauliflower and apple soup sounds really weird. I totally get it. When I first came across this idea, I was a little freaked out. Granted, those are also the types of recipes that tend to appeal to me the most.
There’s a lot going on…I mean, the combination of cauliflower and apple is not something we see all that often. Cauliflower and curry…yes. Apple? Not so much.
Add saffron and a curried, diced apple garnish and it pretty much sounds like a five-year-old’s kitchen experiment gone wrong.
Then again, today’s recipe is also an adaptation of a Daniel Boulud recipe. So hopefully that gives you some faith.
This soup comes together very quickly. Onions are sauteed until translucent, along with curry powder, ginger, and saffron. Then you simply add chopped apple, cauliflower, and chicken broth–and simmer everything together for 15-20 minutes, until the cauliflower is fork tender. Then it’s time to puree it all in the blender until it is silky smooth.
The original recipe called for one cup of heavy cream, but I decided to take matters into my own hands and lighten it up a bit by eliminating the heavy cream–and substituting this with half a cup of half and half. I do not recommend skipping this ingredient!
This resulting soup is silky smooth, creamy, and perfectly balanced. Although the apple is almost indistinguishable in flavor, it does add a subtle sweetness, which helps cut the heat of the curry powder perfectly.
The saffron also lends a certain element of warmth to the dish–as it is prone to do–and pulls everything together. Weird? Maybe. But definitely meant to be!
Curried Cream of Cauliflower and Apple Soup
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons medium curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon saffron threads
- 2 small apples (eg. Gala) peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 medium head of cauliflower greens and stem removed, and cut into small florets
- 4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup (120 mL) half and half or heavy cream
- pinch ground cayenne pepper
- kosher salt
- extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
Curried Apple Garnish:
- 1-2 small apples apple peeled and cored, and cut into ¼-inch dice
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon saffron threads
- kosher salt
- Prepare Soup: Heat the butter over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the onions, curry powder, ginger, and saffron and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the chopped apple and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until soft. Add the cauliflower and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender. Stir in the the half and half (or cream) and continue to simmer over low heat for an additional 5 minutes or so. Working in batches, transfer the soup to a high-powered blende, such as a Vitamix, and purée until very smooth. Return the soup to pot and return to heat. Add cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep over low heat while preparing the apple garnish (see below).
- Apple Garnish: Add apple dice and one tablespoon of water (15 mL) to a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the saffron and curry powder, mix with a spoon, cover with a lid, and allow to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until slightly soft. Season with salt.
- Serve soup piping hot with a spoonful of apple garnish and drizzle of olive oil.
40 Comments on “Curried Cream of Cauliflower Soup”
Wonderful soup..made with my fresh grown Califlower…it was fabulous. I am really enjoying your blog I am a retired Home economics retaurant management teacher…I love creating recipes and used to do food photography for Del Monte foods….you are you working for currently?
This turned out awesome. I did add a bit more curry because we love curry so much. I have four children and they loved it. I made a small batch with out cream for my vegan daughter and that was great too.
Love your freshly designed site! This soup seems like just the perfect thing to get over my cold weather blues.
The new site looks lovely, Laura! Congratulations! Love the new color sang logo! Been meaning to ask where you got to OO flour?
Daniel Boulud? Yep – totally gives me faith! Although, honestly, this soup sounds so darn good, I would have been dying to try it, anyway! What a fabulous combination of flavors! And, girl, you are just killing it with the amazing photos!!! That shot of the ingredients is pretty much just pure art! And the final pic – those are probably the hands-down most beautiful olive oil drizzles I’ve ever seen! Yay for Soup Week!!!! 😀
Lucky for me I’m in California where the temperatures might get as low as 62 degrees today. I’m quite spoiled! But I’m still in the mood for some warm soup. This sounds deeee-lish!
I didn’t even blink when I read the title of this, sounds to die for at first glance! Love the flavor combos!
Yay, so glad to hear that! Thanks as always Nicole!
LOVE soup week! Also – beautiful pictures! This soup looks delish 🙂
Thank you Taylor! I’ve been eating soup for days and days–and still can’t get enough 😉
This sounds so delicious and unique – in a totally good way! Yum. Soup weeks are the best kinds of weeks 🙂
Yay! It is really unique–plus, it’s so dang creamy. Thanks Rachel!
Firstly, this combo does not sound weird to me at all but rather THE BEST THING EVER. Second, these photos? So dig.
Thanks friend! 🙂 Hope you’re staying warm indoors!!
Perfect timing for soup week! Loooove the flavors in this soup! This has my name all over it.
Thanks so much Kelli!
I don’t think it sounds weird at all! Love that color!
Apparently I’m the only one who thought it sounded weird at first glance! Total surprise. Thanks Laurie!
Um, can I have TWO big ‘ol bowls of this, pa-lease?! Love the pictures!
Why yessss you can 😉 Thanks girl!
This soup is a revelation! Love!!
Thank you Jocelyn!!
Looks delicious Laura, and I love the collage-type photo.
Thanks Pips! I think Sam & Judy would be fans.
This soup looks so beautiful that I would feel bad eating it! Love your photos! Pinned!
Aww, you’re so sweet!! Thank you for sharing Layla!
This soup looks amazing and I would also sub in half and half!
Thanks Liz! Yes, you definitely wouldn’t miss the cream in this. The half and half is a great compromise though 😉
Your photos are fantastic, and I love your blog name, by the way!
Thank you so much Rachel! So glad you visited 🙂
Yay for soup week! It’s so dang cold here. Love the combo.
So glad you’re a fan! Thanks so much Jennie! Stay warm 🙂
Love the idea of soup week!! This is gorgeous and I love curried anything! Oh and yes, it is FREEZING here. We are in the negatives, but it is pretty normal for around here!
Anyway, I need more soup in my life! Yum!
I guess I can’t really complain–we are at about 10 degrees (with wind chill in the negatives), so it’s almost HOT here compared to Colorado 😉
It sounds, and looks amazing Laura, in spite of the 99ºF temp here! It’s summer, so hot soup is out of the question these days. But I’m pinning this one!
I’m craving your summer heat right now–badly. That’s how bad it is here. Thank you as always Paula! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!
This soup looks so dreamy right now! And it’s only 7am 😉
Hmmm…cauliflower soup at 7 am. Something tells me that I would trade you a bowl of this for one of those nutella banana sticky buns any day. Haha!
Love your soup week! That’s great! pinned 🙂 Looks wonderful and we’re all sniffly here and this would be great!
Gotta say…I’m so jealous of your SoCal weather right now. And I’m not even in the worst of it! Thanks for sharing Averie!