Cauliflower soup with cheesy toasts

If you love a cauliflower cheese, this soup will be right up your alley, all of the deliciousness but with a lot less hassle and a little less guilt. The cumin brings a little warmth and the cheese and spring onion toasts add a little decadence to what is otherwise a rather virtuous soup.
The recipe makes roughly 1.5 litres of soup which is enough for about 3 portions and it takes all of 20 minutes to make, definitely a good one for when you have the isolation blues and need something speedy and soothing.

For the soup

  • 750g cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons rapeseed oil (any other oil/butter works too)
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 big fat garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1 litre chicken stock (or veg stock if you want to make it vegetarian)

For the cheese toasts (per toast)

  • Slice of sourdough (or other bread of choice)
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • small handful of grated strong cheddar
  • Dijon mustard

First off, sweat the onions in the rapeseed oil until they’re soft, then add in the cumin seeds and garlic and stir for a minute until fragrant.
Add your chopped cauliflower and toss to coat before adding your hot chicken stock.

Season with salt and pepper and simmer until the cauliflower is tender – roughly 15-20 minutes depending how big the bits are.
Remove from the heat and blend until smooth.

When you’re ready to serve, lightly toast your bread and spread with a thin layer of dijon mustard, top with chopped spring onion and grated cheese and pop under a hot grill until it’s bubbling nicely.

All that’s left to do is ladle the soup into bowls, top with a cheesy toast and enjoy!

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