26 April 2017

Hearty Spiced Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

A simple but hearty soup rich with vegetables and lightly spiced for a warming bowl of deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied at lunch or dinner. Cauliflower and carrots are the star of the show in this vegan and dairy free soup.

It's the end of April and I'd love to say we're enjoying some warm weather and lots of sunshine here in Scotland, but it's blooming freezing! The weather is up and down and all over the place. You don't know where you are or what to wear from day to day. We even had snow yesterday! It's definitely still soup weather, so today I bring you this hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup.

Doesn't it look good?

I was just going to make a carrot soup, but there was a head of cauliflower staring at me mournfully from the fridge so I had little choice and as we really enjoyed it, I thought I should share it with you. Hence hastily photographed shots of said hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup!




A simple but hearty soup rich with vegetables and lightly spiced for a warming bowl of deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied at lunch or dinner. Cauliflower and carrots are the star of the show in this vegan and dairy free soup.

I spiced this simple soup with turmeric, ginger and cumin. These have to be the most used spices in my kitchen. I always know they will give a pleasing warmth and depth to a dish.

Do you have a favourite set of spices you return to again and again?

You'll notice this soup is quite chunky. My family prefer a hearty soup with lots of texture rather than a smooth soup. If you prefer a smooth soup do feel free to blend this when it's cooked and ready to serve. As a rule of thumb, I use a stick blender and whizz my soups little for a thick finish, still leaving lots of vegetables.


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Hearty Spiced Cauliflower and Carrot Soup
Hearty Spiced Cauliflower and Carrot Soup
A simple but hearty soup rich with vegetables and lightly spiced for a warming bowl of deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied at lunch or dinner. Cauliflower and carrots are the star of the show in this vegan and dairy free soup.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 6 medium to large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or fresh ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ litre vegetable stock (3 stock cubes), more if you need it
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
Instructions
1. In a large pot saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. 2. Add the carrots and cauliflower and cook gently for a few minutes.3. Add the spices then pour in the stock. 4. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 30 minutes.5. Season and blend a little like I do, leaving plenty of large bits of veg or blend until smooth. 6. Serve with crusty bread.
7. Enjoy!
Details
Total prep time:
Nutrition facts per 8 servings:
64 calories
2 grams fat

Yield: Serves 6-8





If you like my hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup you'll probably like my fridge vegetable soup too.

For more soup inspiration, check out my soup recipe page and follow my Pinterest board Soups for Slurping.

23 comments:

  1. The dish this soup is in is gorgeous! It really makes your photos pop!

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  2. A great, new healthy soup recipe for me! I've been trying to have this type of meal available at all times and now there is this beautifully thought our addition!

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    1. You can't have enough soup recipes, that's for sure.

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  3. What a lovely and uplifting soup! Looking at the contents of our fridge, I think I could even make it for dinner tonight :-)

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  4. The past few days the weather suddenly turned quite cold with sharp winds, didn't it? This soup is perfect for this kind of weather!

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    1. Yes the weather doesn't seem to know what it's doing at the moment.

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  5. This looks delicious.I generally prefer a smooth soup, but there's something about a chunky one that makes you think you've had more of a meal. Turmeric, cumin and cinnamon are probably my most used dried spices. I use loads of ginger, but mostly the fresh root.

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    1. Yes I usually use fresh, but I have dried to hand for when I run out.

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  6. It's still soup weather here too! So drizzly yesterday! This looks and sounds delicious!

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  7. I was surprised to hear from my mum in the North East that it was snowing. I would eat buckets of this soup to stay warm, it looks so good.

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    1. I know, it's crazy isn't it? We had snow in Scotland earlier this week too. Very unexpected.

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  8. Pretty set up and a really hearty looking soup - fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Ren, very quickly thrown together. Helen would definitely tell me off.

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  9. This sounds yummy! I like both smooth & textured soups depending on the day so I love having options.

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    1. Yes I like both but hubby prefers chunky.

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  10. This is amazing soup with all my favorite ingredients :)

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  11. I love how vegetable-filled and hearty this looks and sounds, with deliciously delectable spicing. Perfect for these chilly days. :-)

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  12. Looks wonderful, makes a delicious lunch x

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  13. Of course it looks great :) Love your plates too! You really know how to make a person go and cook by your recipe! ;)

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  14. Mmm yum, it's definitely soup weather here too. I also love this spice combination and use it a lot for its warming nature. Another favourite set is thyme, chilli and garlic :)

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