FoodRevolutionary twist on the classic: Mint-infused cauliflower soup

Revolutionary twist on the classic: Mint-infused cauliflower soup

Cauliflower soup.
Cauliflower soup.
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6:28 PM EDT, May 10, 2024

Almost everyone is familiar with cauliflower soup. I cook it often, especially during this season when markets brim with delicious, fresh vegetables. However, I've enhanced the traditional recipe with a simple yet transformative addition.

Cauliflower soup, enriched with potatoes and thickened with sweet cream, evokes taste memories of my childhood. I frequently revisit this recipe, much to my family's delight. The twist in my version? Fresh mint. Its refreshing zing perfectly counters the soup's creamy texture, introducing an unexpected but harmonious balance.

Mint cauliflower soup

My kitchen is a playground for new and time-honored recipes, yet home-cooked meals hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart. During the bountiful months of spring and summer, my go-to is a cauliflower soup peppered with carrots and new potatoes. Freshly picked herbs like parsley and dill from the garden are liberally used to season it.

On a whim, I once garnished this soup with fresh mint, a decision that hit the mark beautifully. Initially met with skepticism, my family soon concurred it was the best cauliflower soup they'd ever tasted.
© cauliflower soup | Oleg Bannikov
  • 2 quarts of broth,
  • 1 medium-sized cauliflower,
  • 2-3 carrots,
  • 1/2 a parsnip,
  • 1/4 a celery root,
  • 1/3 cup of 30% cream,
  • 4 potatoes,
  • 1 onion,
  • parsley greens,
  • dill,
  • a small bunch of mint,
  • salt and pepper to taste.
How to prepare:
  1. Start by bringing the broth to a boil in a pot.
  2. Add diced carrots, parsnip, potatoes, and celery root to the boiling broth, cooking until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, separately cook the cauliflower florets.
  4. Introduce half of these florets into the soup pot, while the other half is blended with fresh mint. This technique thickens the soup, enriching its texture and flavor.
  5. Mix the cream and a ladle of broth into the blended cauliflower mixture until smooth.
  6. Stir this creamy blend back into the soup pot.
  7. Reheat to a simmer, seasoning with salt and pepper to your liking.
  8. Finish by sprinkling in chopped parsley and dill.

And there you have it, a delightful cauliflower soup brought to life with a minty freshness. Bon appétit!

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