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Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup

This is a really simple soup, but you won't believe how delicious it is. I had made it and photographed it, but never posted it. Then I read the latest post from Cookiecrumb over at "I'm Mad and I Eat" and I had to post this. She's been pulling out her old cauliflower and broccoli plants (sigh - she lives in California. That's why her plants are already old). Anyway, it made me think of this soup, which is a great thing to make with leftover cauliflower and broccoli. Don't skip the step of roasting the cauliflower - it adds a depth of flavor you don't get otherwise.

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup


  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower (or 1 small head), cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 head of broccoli 
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • couple handfuls of baby spinach
  • parmesan cheese


On a baking sheet, spread out cauliflower and roast in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until cauliflower starts to brown a little.

In a large saucepan, saute onions in a little olive oil for several minutes, until translucent. Add chicken stock, cauliflower and broccoli and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes. Make sure broccoli is soft. Add spinach and cook for a couple minutes more.

Using an immersion blender, puree soup in pot. (If you don't have one, transfer the soup to a blender and puree. But geez, if you don't have an immersion blender go out and get one right away - they're just too great not to have one).

Serve soup with a little grated parmesan on top.

Buon appetito!

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Reader Comments (6)

It looks so thick and creamy, with not a bit of cream! Roasting the cauliflower is a great idea too!

April 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterProud Italian Cook

i'm way behind in my chicken / veal broth making...

April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercook eat FRET

My furnace broke and we have record lows today. While I wait for the repairman in my 40 degree house, I'm making this soup. Sounds delicious! Lucky me I had cauliflower and broccoli in the fridge!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I made this last night, and you were right - it was absolutely delicious! And so simple to make on a weeknight, even if you have to run to the store first like I did :) Thanks - this was my first dish to make from your site, but it will not be the last.

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessicaO

This recipe sounds very similiar to something I tried recently. I had a veggie tray left over after a party. I threw in the leftover veggies, i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green and red bell peppers, along with a diced onion, large can of chicken broth, water, and chicken. It turned out great.

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