Curried Cauliflower Soup

I keep hearing that fall weather is on its way; so far where I live in St. Louis it hasn’t exactly happened yet.

There are a few more warm and humid days on the way, but my internal culinary clock can feel a shift is in the works. I’m  beginning to think about cooking and eating more substantially, which goes hand-in-hand with those images I have in my head of wearing sweaters and making little puffy breath clouds when I step outdoors.

I had the idea of making a warm, creamy puree of cauliflower the other day when the temperature happened to hit the sticky mid-90’s. But guess what? I adapted, and discovered the beauty of this kind of soup recipe – it tastes just as delicious chilled.

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Serving Size: serves 4 - 6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cauliflower, stem trimmed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 small potato, peeled and choped
  • 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche or heavy cream


  1. In a large saute pan, cook the onions in the oil over medium heat until softened and slightly golden in color.
  2. Add the cauliflower, potato, apple, curry and salt and stir-fry for a minute or two. Add enough water or vegetable stock to just cover the vegetables. Lower the heat slightly and cover the pan. Cook 10 -15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender when pierced.
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly before blending to a smooth puree, adding more liquid if necessary depending on how thick you want your soup. Add the creme fraiche and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and maybe a pinch of sugar to bring up the flavors.


  1. Sounds delish- I’m definitely going to try this, thanks!

  2. This soup is delicious! K served it for book group last week and we all begged for the recipe.

  3. Denise Richards says:

    Wonderful soup-the green apple was a nice addition.

  4. Yum! Can’t wait to try it at home. I’ve been dreaming about it ever since book group!

  5. Well, fall is here, at least for today. This looks delicious! And I even have some cauliflower in the fridge.

  6. Sounds awesome. Apple has long been a “secret” ingredient of mine in soup… as in; mushroom/apple/pancetta soup.

    • It’s a great trick, isn’t it? I’ve seen chefs throw pears and apples in beef bourguignon, too. It adds an invisible layer of flavor.

  7. This sounds wonderful. I’ve been wishing for something new to do with cauliflower and will give this a try soon.

  8. This creamy cauliflower soup looks awesome as did that golden Buddha you scored!
    Yup, I too covet some cooler temps 🙂

  9. This soup is lovely! So easy to make and the flavors were wonderful. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  10. Yum! This sounds delicious! I’ve been looking for a new fall soup recipe! Surely it’ll cool down in STL one of these days!

    • Sara, the cool change is finally coming. I’m pulling out my sweater tonight and roasting cauliflower to toss with spaghetti and chickpeas.

  11. you take the best pictures, mom.

  12. Just made this for dinner, and it was so perfect 🙂 I added a little extra curry powder and creme fraiche, and topped it with some cilantro – a cabbage salad and piece of whole grain bread and I was set! thanks so much for the lovely recipe!

  13. Looks delicious. Cauliflower soup. That has been a while since i made that, i think i will try this recipe out tonight, looks soft as silk.

    Wondering if a slight touch of chili would be good

  14. This is cooking on the stove right now and smells wonderful!

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