Creamy Cauliflower and Cumin Soup

Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It’s the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

This creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is so tasty, cheap to make and healthy too. It’s gluten free and vegetarian, takes just under an hour to make and makes a big pot full, enough for 6 people.

The cauliflower is cooked with the cumin, absorbing the flavour, blended and then some low fat cream cheese added to make it oh SO creamy without actually adding any cream!

I just think that you’ll love the pureness of this vegetable soup and agree that the cumin creates a warm and earthy flavour to be savoured.

Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

This soup is another example of Lady Lynne coming back from a meeting at her work’s HQ in London and enthusiastically telling me all about the soup that was available in her staff canteen.

Now, she thinks that that particular soup she had probably was made from cream. I’m not against cream in any way but I prefer to put it in my cheesecakes! 😉

So, as always when requested by her that I try and recreate that soup, but in a healthier way without cream, that’s what I’ve tried to do here. And, judging by her enthusiasm for THIS version of the soup, I think I can say I pretty much nailed it!

Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

This recipe could be your ideal Christmas day starter if you’re still looking for one. It’s perfect because it’s quite light and as it’s not made with any cream it doesn’t feel too rich or heavy in your tummy. You’ve still got plenty of space left for plenty of Christmas turkey!

Otherwise this soup is ideal as a winter warmer, freezes easily and makes for a delicious work day packed lunch.

Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

The Benefits of Cumin in This Cauliflower and Cumin Soup

We often talk about the health benefits of particular vegetables or components of a recipe, but did you realise all of the health benefits of adding a particular spice to a recipe? Not only does it make this soup taste amazing but cumin is said to have all these added health benefits too :-

  • Aids digestion – cumin contains thymol, known to stimulate glands that release certain enzymes necessary for digestion.
  • Boosts the immune system – contains vitamin C.
  • Promotes healthy skin – contains vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant.
  • Helps to prevent diabetes – contains cuminaldehyde, which helps to improve glucose intolerance.
  • Treats insomnia – as it aids digestion it prevents undigested food keeping us awake.
  • Is a high source of iron – this helps to prevent anemia.

So, next time you make a soup, think about adding different spices, not just for the flavour but for all of those added health benefits it can provide too!

5 from 2 votes
Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.
Creamy Cauliflower and Cumin Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.
Course: Lunch
Servings: 6
Calories: 202 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1.5 tsp cumin powder
  • 750 g cauliflower florets
  • 1 L vegetable stock
  • 200 g low fat soft cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
Instructions
  1. Gently heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes
  2. Stir in the cumin powder for about 30 seconds and then add the cauliflower florets and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then turn down to simmer for about 20 minutes until the cauliflower is soft.
  3. Blitz the soup in a blender or a food processor then return to the pan and bring it back to the boil then turn down to simmer.
  4. Stir in the soft cheese and continue stirring the soup well to ensure all the cheese has melted.
  5. Season to taste and then serve in bowls with the chopped coriander sprinkled over.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cauliflower and Cumin Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.2g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.7g
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 279.7mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 9.9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g 14%
Sugars 3.6g
Protein 10.9g 22%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 105%
Calcium 28%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

Well folks, this is the final recipe before Christmas day.

I’ll be taking a short break and the next recipe you can expect here will be next Thursday and it’ll be a lovely Chickpea and Butternut Squash veggie curry. I figured a veggie curry might be fitting if we’re all fed up of turkey by then.

Of course if you’re not fed up of turkey and you’ve still plenty to use up then can I suggest you check out last week’s two recipes, the turkey chow mein and the leftover turkey soup!

So, until next Thursday here’s wishing you all a fantastic Christmas! 😀

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Creamy cauliflower and cumin soup is a quick and easy delicious soup. It's the perfect go-to winter comfort soup and ideal as a starter for a meal or on its own.

Comments

  1. Ah, well you had me at cumin, which I love!

  2. I have been wanting to make a cauliflower soup. Love the cumin addition!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      It’s a great combo Megan. The cumin really brings out the “earthy” flavour of the soup. Perfect for Christmas Day! 😉

  3. Oh yum, this is an absolutely delicious looking soup Neil, so creamy and perfect. Best comfort food for a chilly day.
    Thank you for all the great recipes Neil, Happy holidays and a Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Ashika. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your amazing recipes next year and I hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas too! 🙂

  4. This looks really good. My daughter loves creamy cauliflower soup. Definitely gonna give this one a try soon, hope it will be tasty for her. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I love using non-fat cream cheese as a trick to thicken soups! As soon as we come out of the New Year holiday, we’ll be in full-fledged soup mode…and one of my favorite “detox soups” uses that non-fat cream cheese trick. I might need to add this cauliflower soup to the lineup, though…it sounds like it’s packed with flavor! Hope you and Lynne have had a wonderful Christmas break so far!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      We’re already looking forward to getting past the New Year Holiday period David so that like yourself we can get right back into soup mode!

      Hope you guys are having a good time too! 🙂

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