West Coast Inspired Roasted Cauliflower Soup
This roasted cauliflower soup recipe is inspired by one of the dishes I tried recently in Ucluelet. Roasting the cauliflower adds so much depth and complexity to this plant based soup. Hazelnuts go well with the deep caramelized flavour and add rich texture. This is the perfect comfort food and the crispy toppings make this so satisfying.
Dining On The West Coast In Tofino And Ucluelet
We stayed in Tofino nearby and ate at Sobo, Tacofino, and the (new at the time) 1909. All of our meals (and dancing after dinner at 1909) were stellar. We then made the trek to Ucluelet for an unforgettable dinner at Pluvio. Owned and run by Warren Barr and his wife Lily, this is the upscale food Warren cooked at the Wickaninnish Inn but in a more casual and playful setting.
What Makes This Cauliflower Soup The Best
I enjoyed the tasting menu and the cauliflower soup was one of my many creative and mouth watering courses. My version is much simpler (I didn't get Chef Warren's recipe) but it gets deep flavour from roasting the cauliflower and stirring in a little hazelnut oil at the end adds a nutty richness.
(Below a pic of the delicious Pluvio version which was garnished with local sidestriped shrimp-SO GOOD!)
Vegan Or Not, Make It Your Way
This cauliflower soup is a perfect starter but also a light lunch or dinner. I serve mine garnished with homemade croutons (crispy outside, soft inside), parsley and fresh hazelnuts grown right here in Campbell River. It is equally good made vegan by using nut milk and veggie stock instead of dairy and chicken stock. If you love this soup, you'll probably like my nutty Creamy Hazelnut Soup too.
Make Ahead Soup That Reheats Well
This soup can easily be made 1-2 days ahead, kept in the refrigerator and reheated gently before serving. Do not bring to a full boil when reheating, just heat on low in a saucepan until hot. Garnish when you serve it. (My Broccoli Cheese Soup and Wild Mushroom Soup also work well made ahead and reheated to serve.)
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Roasted Cauliflower And Hazelnut Soup
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Head of Cauliflower, cut roughly into 8 chunks
- 1 c Onion, diced about 1 medium onion
- 1 Celery Rib, diced
- Salt and Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg, grated
- 2 c Russet Potatoes, diced about 2 medium
- 4 c Chicken or Vegetable Stock
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- ½ c Whole Milk or Unsweetened Nut Milk
- 2 tablespoon Hazelnut Oil
- 1 c Fresh Homemade Croutons for garnish
- ½ c Fresh Hazelnuts, halved for garnish
- ½ c Parsley, coarsely chopped for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400'F. Place cauliflower on baking sheet, toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast in oven 20 minutes or until lightly browned, then remove from oven.
- Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a 4 qt pot on medium, then saute onion and celery with ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and nutmeg until translucent. Add roasted cauliflower, potatoes and stock and simmer on medium-low 20 to 30 min until potatoes are soft.
- Using immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Add milk or alternative and hazelnut oil, blend briefly to mix, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately topped with garnishes in individual bowls.
- *Homemade Croutons: Cube fresh or day old bread and saute with butter or olive oil and salt or seasoning salt on medium heat until crispy outside and still soft inside.
This is such a warm and inviting soup!
Thanks Joss, I highly recommend it on a chilly day 🙂
Adding hazelnut oil is brilliant! I love that this recipe can be made dairy-free, too. I do the same: try a dish in a restaurant and rush home to re-create it! Must try that restaurant in Ucluelet next time we're there!
It's fun to try delicious dishes and then recreate them isn't it?! And yes, the best new restaurant I've been to in a long time! Cheers Elaine!
This soup sounds so good! I think that the hazelnut would totally complement the cauliflower. A definite must try.
Thank you so much Colleen! I may be biased but I love the nutty flavour from our local hazelnuts, hope you love it as much as we do 🙂
Oh wow this soup looks so rich and luscious! Perfect for staying cozy on a cold day. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!
Thank you and you're welcome Kelly! I love a creamy soup, especially when it's so full of veggies instead of heavy cream and flour. Cheers, S
The sound of those freshly grown hazelnuts from Campbell River is making me super jealous! As is that girls trip to Tofino. 🙂 I miss the island. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Once those west coast rains set in soup will be on the agenda.
Thanks Sharon and thanks for reading along 🙂 The girls trip to Tofino was so wonderful, I highly recommend it to anyone, always so refreshing for the soul out there. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Oh, my goodness, Sabrina - this is a gorgeous soup! It is company worthy, for sure. I can imagine how it tastes. It looks very silky. Many thanks for sharing. I am pinning to try very soon. I adore making soup! 🙂
Thank you Denise 🙂 I have gotten really into making soup in the last few years during winter. They are hearty and comforting as well as usually quite economical. This is great dressed up with garnishes for company. Cheers! S
What a great winter hearty soup! Can’t wait to make it!
Thank you so much Nancy, I hope you love it as much as we do! Have a great day 🙂
What a great and unique combo- this sounds so delicious and healthy!
I love cauliflower but have never had it in soup form. Love the creative combo of hazelnut with it!
Thanks Terri! I agree, the nutty flavour really ups the umami in the soup! Cheers 🙂