Meatless Monday: Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Vegan Cauliflower Soup ingredients
Vegan Cauliflower Soup ingredients
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I’ve seen numerous cauliflower soup recipes floating around social media recently and nearly all were chicken stock based.

It honestly drives me crazy when a vegetable recipe doesn’t use vegetable stock – so I veganized one for us and we think it came out pretty awesome.

Vegan Cauliflower Soup: The Ingredients

16 oz of vegetable broth (I used Pacific, low sodium, organic)

1 head of cauliflower

2 tsp minced garlic (or the equivalent in cloves)

1 chopped onion

1/2 tsp peppercorns (I used red)

2 tbsp white miso (could also easily use yellow)

Tabasco sauce

1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds

4 tbsp soy sauce

Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Getting started

Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Chop & boil
Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Chop & boil
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Core the cauliflower, cut it into pieces, and put the pieces into a decent size saucepan. Add the chopped onion, garlic, the broth and the peppercorns. Bring to boil, then turn down and simmer until the cauliflower is tender.

About the peppercorns – as you’ll note, I used red.

I picked up this clever pack made by Vineyard Gardens in the Rodney Strong tasting room in Sonoma.

Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Peppercorns
Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Peppercorns
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I love how the back of the package tells you about each color and has suggested uses.

Cauliflower Soup peppercorns description
Cauliflower Soup peppercorns description
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When the cauliflower is tender – careful, it’s hot – transfer the soup to a blender.

I recommend blending in two parts – as usual, I didn’t and put too much in and it came out the top.

Vegan cauliflower soup: Blending
Vegan cauliflower soup: Blending
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Add the miso and then transfer the mixture back to the saucepan to keep warm.

Add Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce and salt to taste. I put in about 10 drops and then decided to double it.

Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Add some spice
Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Add some spice
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Put the pumpkin seeds in a small pan and warm over medium heat until just lightly brown (they’ll begin to pop).

Add the soy sauce, or you can use tamari if you prefer, and reduce – it just takes a few seconds and don’t let it burn.

Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Pumpkin seeds
Vegan Cauliflower Soup: Pumpkin seeds
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Transfer the seeds to a plate and try not to eat them all before you have the soup.

Seriously, some extra are included – you don’t really need a 1/2 cup for the soup – simply because these are phenomenal.

Vegan cauliflower soup: Pumpkin seeds
Vegan cauliflower soup: Pumpkin seeds
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Top soup with the pumpkin seeds, have a glass of wine and enjoy!

Vegan Cauliflower Soup
Vegan Cauliflower Soup
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