I love a good soup, and I love a versatile dish. This amazing soup can be ready in 30 minutes, and it’s delicious served at any temperature. Right now, it’s a muggy 80 degrees in southern California, but my CSA box hasn’t gotten the message … the produce sections everywhere are full of cauliflower and other fall-like vegetables … so I ate this cold, too! This is also a super-healthy recipe, and will be a big hit during the October Unprocessed challenge next month.
For just a few cheap ingredients (either fresh, or probably in your pantry), you can have a simple filling, yummy, spicy soup. Customize it any way you like: I made mine extra spicy, and I used smoked chicken stock (homemade of course), but if you don’t like spicy foods, you can use a lighter curry paste or less of it than I did … and if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can use vegetable stock.
Curried Cauliflower Soup
- 1 large head of fresh cauliflower
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 head garlic, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced (optional)
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 quart of chicken stock (or use vegetable stock to keep vegetarian/vegan)
- 1 tablespoon ginger paste
- 1/2 cup Thai curry paste, any type (I used red)*
- 1/2 cup ghee or butter (or olive oil to keep it vegan)
First, dice the vegetables and saute them in the ghee for a few minutes, and add the Thai curry paste and ginger. Cover with stock and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender.
Remove from heat and, using an immersion blender, puree the ingredients. Add the coconut milk (be sure to shake the can first), and then taste and season accordingly.
* Depending on how spicy your curry paste is, you might want to add more broth or more salt. I like mine spicy, so I use an authentic red curry paste. If you don’t like it hot, use less than a tablespoon, or use a milder paste. For this brand (see below) a tablespoon is more than enough to fully flavor an entire pot of soup.
Sprinkle with a bit of chili powder on top and serve with some good bread. It will be spicy, but it’s worth it.
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