Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

by Pamela

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

While Mr. Belly is munching away on his humongous plate of mac and cheese, I am daintily slurping away on my roasted vegetable soup.  Of course I’m not the one who’s having issues with their pants right now.  I’m just saying.

The thing that is least fair about all of this, is how quickly he can lose that weight.  I know, I know guys bodies are built differently than girls bodies are (I learned that when I was about 4 or 5 thanks to my neighbor).  Guys can lose weight much more quickly than women can.  Craig can lose 3 – 5 pounds in a week without any struggle.  I can gain 3-5 pounds in a week without struggling too.  But even with a concentrated effort, I’m lucky if I can drop 2 pounds in a week.

Eh, my cleanse isn’t about losing weight (this time).  I just want to get back to feeling more energetic like I felt this past fall.  Hence the soup.

But this soup recipe does not make you feel like you are missing out on anything.  While the soup is all vegetables, roasting the cauliflower, leeks and garlic give it a whole new flavor than your usual vegetable soup.  Pureeing the whole mess gives the soup a creamy texture and the garlic flavor permeates the whole batch.

Relationship Advice

Working out alone can get pretty boring, but trying to convince your significant other to work out with you can be harder than dragging him/her to the dentist.  Even though working out is, of course, all about you, your sore appendages and your blisters, doing it alongside your partner can add a deeper element to your relationship. And yes, working out makes you feel good about yourself, but it also makes you feel great about your partner.  Both of your bodies are getting in better shape, you can challenge each other physically, and you are spending more time together.  Challenge your partner to join you in a workout with the promise of a trade-off, such as doing something that they like to do, or massaging their feet!

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Head Cauliflower (roughly chopped)
  • 2 Leeks, White and Light Green Part Only (cut in half lengthwise)
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 14 Ounce Cans Chicken Broth*
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.

Spread chopped cauliflower, leeks and garlic on baking sheet.

Drizzle olive oil on vegetables and mix well to thoroughly coat.  Sprinkle with kosher salt.

Roast in oven for 40-45 minutes.  Vegetables should be brown on edges and slightly softened.

Pour roasted vegetables into a saucepan and add 2 cans of chicken broth and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Over medium high heat, heat vegetables and  broth until it bubbles.

Using an immersion blender (stick blender), thoroughly puree all contents of the saucepan.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender.  Just be careful putting hot liquids in a blender as they can cause the lid to come flying off sending your yummy soup all over your kitchen.  (You can vent the lid a little to help reduce the chance of this happening.)

*You can also use vegetable stock or broth.

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37 comments

SHEILA January 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

all i can say is AWESOME soup, so diet freindly, and satisfying! Perfect soup my friends love it!

Pamela January 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Sheila, I’m so happy to hear that you and your friends enjoy the soup.

Lori A. December 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I just made this soup and it is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Pamela December 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

Thanks Lori,
I’m so glad that you like the soup. This is one of my favorites too. I still have people swear to me that there’s cream in it. :)

Q. June 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Making this right now! :)

Pamela June 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Please let me know what you think. :)

Jenn February 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Just made this! Added some curry powder, too. I am minus an oven, so I didn’t roast, but as soon as our oven is fixed, I will do that!

Terry February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

do you know how many calories in one serving?

Pamela February 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Hi Terry –

The calories per serving are approximately 139.

Robert April 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Awesome!!!!! Just made it and deffinitly made me happy. Easy to do and glad it was Clean approved.

Cara February 18, 2010 at 6:23 am

I absolutely love roasted cauliflower, so I’m sure this is delicious.

Amy February 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

Have you ever tried this soup with one of the colored cauliflowers? I think I’ve seen orange and maybe purple? I am not a huge cauliflower fan, but I think a big part of that is the color (or lack thereof). Any flavor difference in using one of the other cauliflowers?

Pamela February 3, 2010 at 11:49 am

Hi Amy.
I haven’t made this soup with cauliflower, this is my cauliflower soup that I keep making over and over again.

I don’t really notice much of a flavor difference in the colored cauliflower. There is a slight difference that I notice more when I eat it fresh.

Shelly January 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Hello, I’m going to make this and I have a carton of chicken stock, not cans. Is there a cup measurement I can use?

Thanks!

Pamela January 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi Shelly.

2 cans of chicken stock should be around 28 ounces and the cartons are generally 32 ounces. So roughly 3 1/2 cups of stock. But if you like you soup thicker or thinner you can adjust the amount of stock to determine how thick you would like it.

Kristen January 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

Just wanted to say I tried this last night and it was SOOOO GOOD! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe…my husband and I just loved it!

Pamela January 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

I’m glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed it. I’ve already made my second batch of it.

Frenchie January 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

This soup sounds really delicious. I am a huge fan of cauliflower soup but I hate that it usually has cream in it, I am so glad to find a version that doesn’t. Looking forward to tasting this and thanks for a great recipe.

Kristi Rimkus January 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I agree. It’s frustrating how quickly men can lose weight. I love leek, so I’ll love this soup.

Amy @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free January 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

We love cauliflower and leeks – I make a soup with similar ingredients and my husband loves it. I’m sure that we’d love this, too. We work out in the mornings but have been going to the gym lately because it’s too cold outside. Taking separate cars has been nice – I like to get there earlier than him. This way I’m not frustrated with him for being slow and neither one of us has to wait for the other to finish.

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The soup sounds excellent with roasted cauliflower! Gorgeous presentation!

Vegetable Matter January 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

I love roasted cauliflower, but I don’t think we’ve ever included it in a soup. It’s a great idea, and sounds so filling. Love the pic today, too!

Carrie January 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

Looks like such a heartwarming and healthy soup. I love that it’s all veggies!

TastyTrix January 7, 2010 at 6:55 am

Love the soup – this is one my favorite kinds! But you know, I would never want to work out with Poppa Trix!! He’s my bff and all. I need to sweat all by my lonesome!

kristy January 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

This is such awesome bowl of soup and smell terribly good too! I’m sure it blended well in your man’s belly as well. haha…. No doubt, this is a healthy and gorgeous soup to start with. Bless you all!
Best wishes, Kristy

Shelly @ Experimental Culinary Pursuits January 6, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I love this combination! So quick and easy to whip up too! A must try for me next time :)

Lisa January 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

This sounds wonderful. I have been craving soup. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper.

yasmeen January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Great-looking soup .Certainly a healthful start of the new year :D

Alta January 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Ooh I love the sound of this soup. And your photo is gorgeous! The roasting of the veggies sounds awesome – there has to be so much full flavor in this. Yum.

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