If you've been searching for a comfort food that won't give you a carb-induced food hangover, look no further. Enter: cauliflower, the carb-replacing and starch-mimicking cruciferous veggie that has the power to transform soups into creamy, indulgent dishes. (That's right, it's not just a great rice substitute.)
We know what you're thinking—can comfort food be decadent and healthy? As it turns out, it's not too good to be true. In an effort to add more simple yet satisfying recipes to our repertoire before fall arrives, we tapped some of our favorite food bloggers and asked them for their tastiest cauliflower soup recipes (and we have to tell you, they are good). Ranging from Moroccan-inspired to crowd-pleasingly creamy, they're too delicious to wait for chilly weather.
Ahead are three surprisingly decadent cauliflower soup recipes you're going to want to make for dinner tonight. Excuse us because we've got some grocery shopping to do.
Moroccan Cauliflower Soup
The Standout Ingredient: The cumin, cinnamon, and paprika. Spicy and sweet flavors come together in this Moroccan-inspired recipe.
The Pro Tip: Don't skimp on the pistachio cream. It's the perfect complement to the mixture of spices used in this dish. Taylor of Food Faith Fitness puts it best: "We're talking layers of toasted, nutty pistachio flavor with bursts of spicy cumin and paprika and notes of cinnamon and allspice all wrapped up in a zesty ginger package and tied with a sweet, fresh, and crisp apple bow."
Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
The Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
The Standout Ingredient: The parsnips. Although this root vegetable isn't featured in quite as many fall recipes as sweet potatoes and carrots, it's worth adding to your grocery list. When roasted, it takes on a sweet flavor that pairs well with cauliflower, which can tend to be a bit bland on its own.
The Pro Tip: This recipe is a lightened-up version of creamy comfort foods like potato soup. "The cauliflower is great because it has a similar texture and mouthfeel to potatoes but with fewer carbs," says Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon. "When we purée all these ingredients together to make this soup, it feels as though you're eating a creamy, rich soup."
Cauliflower Soup With Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts
The Recipe: Cauliflower Soup With Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts
The Standout Ingredient: The blue cheese and walnut toasts. While the soup is tasty on its own, it's the combination of crunchy and creamy textures that takes this meal to the next level. Slices of baguette cut on the diagonal are the ideal shape and size for dipping into a bowl of creamy cauliflower soup.
The Pro Tip: Cauliflower soup tends to look a bit beige and bland once it's ladled it into individual bowls. When it comes to presentation, a few simple toppings can make all the difference. "Serve hot with a wee swirl of extra cream and some fresh thyme leaves," recommends Sarah of From the Kitchen.