Roasted cauliflower & kale soup

Roasted cauliflower & kale soup

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes | Serves: 4


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into ¼ inch thick pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large bunch of curly kale, tough stems removed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 5½ cups of vegetable stock + additional to thin if necessary
  • A handful of pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice for serving


Preheat the oven to 200°C

Toss the cauliflower, garlic, onion, thyme and cayenne with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until lightly browned and tender. About 20-25 minutes. If the garlic begins to brown too quickly removed it sooner. Toss veggies halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 180C.

In a bowl toss half of the kale with 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until lightly browned and crisp. About 18-20 minutes. Check the kale often to make sure it doesn’t burn.

In a large saucepan add the roasted vegetables with the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about ten minutes. Stir in the remaining kale, increase the heat to medium and cook, uncovered for ten more minutes.

Carefully puree the soup with an immersion blender, or, working in batches, puree the soup in a high speed blender. Season with salt and pepper and add additional stock if the soup is too thick.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the baked kale, toasted pine nuts, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and additional salt and pepper to taste.