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Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Vegan Cauliflower Soup is creamy, without the cream, made with a handful of simple ingredients, and delicious as can be! Not to mention it’s quick, easy and healthy!

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Cauliflower is a versatile veggie that can be dressed up in many ways. Roast it, mash it, make cauliflower rice, and more.

Here we’ll be simmering it until tender and pureeing until creamy smooth (or to your desired texture) creating a perfectly luscious soup.

This vegan cream of cauliflower soup requires no roasting and can be made in one pot for a quick and delicious healthy soup recipe!

If you’re a soup lover like myself, a few other delicious vegan soup recipes worth checking out are this Vegan Tomato Basil SoupVegan Minestrone SoupCreamy Broccoli + Red Lentil Soup, or Very Good Split Pea Soup.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

In this recipe, onion, garlic, thyme, and cauliflower are simmered until tender, then pureed into a creamy soup for a delicious and healthy whole food, plant-based lunch, or dinner.

Here is everything you will need:

  • Cauliflower – use a large 2 1/2 to 3 pound head
  • Onion – any color will do
  • Garlic
  • Thyme – fresh or dried
  • Vegan butter – adds a wonderful richness, my favorite is Miyokos (sub with olive oil or water if preferred)
  • Vegan cream – use store bought or homemade vegan cream (sub your almond milk, cashew milk or favorite plant milk)
  • Lemon
  • Salt + pepper
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How To Make Vegan Cauliflower Soup

  • Prep: Start by prepping the onion and garlic. Cut the cauliflower into florets.
  • Saute: In a heavy bottom pan, saute the onion with butter for 5 – 6  minutes, add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Add the cauliflower, thyme, salt, pepper and water.
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  • Simmer: Bring the chunky soup to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add cream: Stir in the vegan cream or plant milk and lemon juice.
  • Puree: Let the soup rest for 10 minutes to cool. Using an immersion blender or cup blender, puree the soup until desired consistency. Reheat on the stove if needed to warm back up before serving.

And now you’re ready to enjoy!

Top Tips

  • Reserve cauliflower pieces: Reserve a few pieces of cauliflower and toast in a toaster oven with a little oil to help it caramelize along the edges. It makes for a great soup topper with lovely toasted flavor.
  • Cutting cauliflower: When chopping the cauliflower, don’t worry about making the pieces small, you can always break it up as it cooks down and softens.
  • Recommended equipment: I used my immersion blender (affiliate link) to puree the soup. A standing blender is great too, but may take two batches to puree.
  • Toppings: Add a little heat with a pinch of red pepper flakes or crushed mustard seeds.
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How To Store

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep for 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container.
  • Freezer: Vegan cauliflower soup is freezer friendly and freezes well for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in multi-use, freezer safe containers (affiliate link), leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion. You can also freeze larger portions in large freezer ziplock bags. Let thaw before reheating.
  • Reheat: Simply re-warm on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave using 30 – 60 second intervals, stirring after each, until warm.
  • Meal Prep: It makes a great meal prep for the week with homemade Artisan Bread or Vegan Naan on the side for soaking up the juices.
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Serving Suggestions

This cauliflower soup is great alone for a light meal but can be made even heartier with a little something extra on the side. Here are a few of my favorite serving suggestions:

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If you try this cauliflower soup recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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VEGAN CAULIFLOWER SOUP

This creamy Vegan Cauliflower soup is full of flavor and uses simple ingredients for a healthy soup that’s quick and easy to make! Gluten free recipe.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
  • Category: Entree, Soup
  • Method: simmer
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup vegan butterMiyokos is the best (see notes for subs)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2 1/23 lbs.), cut into florets
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 2 sprigs
  • 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup vegan cream (or plant milk of choice)
  • 1 small lemon, juice of
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep: Start by prepping the onion and garlic. Cut the cauliflower into florets, they can be on the large side as you can break it down as it cooks.

Saute: In a heavy bottom pan, heat the butter over medium heat, add the onion and saute for 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Add remaining ingredients: Add the cauliflower, thyme, salt and pepper, and water/broth.

Simmer: Bring the chunky soup to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork tender.

Add cream + lemon: Stir in the vegan cream or plant milk and lemon juice.

Puree: Once soup is done, let rest for 10 minutes to cool. Using an immersion blender or cup blender, puree the soup until desired consistency. Season with more salt & pepper as needed. Heat over low until warmed through as needed.

Serve: Serve with a few reserved toasted cauliflower pieces, drizzle of vegan cream and/or fresh cracked pepper. For a little heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or crushed mustard seeds. Pair with homemade Artisan Bread or soft and chewy Vegan Naan for soaking up the juices.

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 days in a covered container. To store longer, freeze for up to 2 – 3 months.

Notes

To substitute the vegan butter: use 2 tablespoons olive oil or 1/4 cup of water for a water saute.

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14 Comments

  1. This was amazing! The flavor was mellow but fine tuned making it a great soup to accompany a number of main dishes. In my case, vegan crab cakes with spicy lemon aioli sauce and lemon sautéed asparagus. Will make it again and again. I replaced the vegan cream with coconut milk only because I was running low on oatmilk and needed that for my coffee. Haha! I also browned the cauliflower prior to adding it to the pot. This, of course, shrinks them quite a bit- which was perfect as I like a thinner soup. Will certainly be checking into your other recipes. Thank you so much.

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