Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe – Without the Cream

Autumn is soup time…

Cream soups are made with heavy cream and these soups are delicious and fun to make. However, for a soup enthusiast like me, cream is a no – no. When I watched John Besh make this cauliflower soup without the cream, I was really excited. If you have a dairy sensitivity, this is a great soup for the fall or winter. This is adapted from John Besh’s Recipe Creamy any vegetable soup .


¼ cup olive oil

1 whole leek, trimmed and chopped* substitute ½ onion

½ fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped, tops reserved for garnish* (substituted 1/3 cup celery stalk and leaves finely sliced)

1 cauliflower head broken into florets

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 potato, peeled and roughly chopped


Creamy Cauliflower Soup CKatt 2016

4 cups chicken broth


Freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a very large pan over medium high heat to sweat the leeks (Onion) and fennel.

Stirring – 2 minutes add garlic stir and cook another 2 minutes.

Add the cauliflower florets, celery, potato, and chicken broth and bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 20-30 minutes until florets are soft. Towards the end I added ½ teaspoon of mustard seed. I used a good teaspoon of cracked pepper. Light on the salt and added it after it was blended.

Use an immersion blender to blend all the ingredients or put in a blender. The immersion blender eliminated the messy steps of cleaning up the blender. (Yay.)

To top off the soup serving, Chef Besh added a dollop of (yes!) whipped cream. As I live and breathe…southern cooking is so decadent.

*[For the cauliflower recipe John Besh used ½ an onion and fennel. I did not have fennel so I substituted about 1/3 cup of finely sliced celery and celery leaves]

I did not use potato. The soup was delicious even with out it.

This Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe serves 8 people. I will be bringing this to Fiesta Friday #144! I have truly missed the Friday get togethers! Many dishes later I have returned for the party. It’s always inspired and inspiring with the cooks from around the globe! The co-hosts this week are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. Thanks Angie!


Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.


Keep peace in your heart, so the world may heal. CKatt 2016


About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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8 Responses to Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe – Without the Cream

  1. I’m a big cauliflower fan, thank you for bringing this delicious soup to the party.

  2. Loretta says:

    Love the healthier version of this creamy cauliflower soup.

  3. This soup sounds delicious! It’s a chilly night here, and a soup like this would be perfect!

    • kunstkitchen says:

      It’s an easy one that you can add to or use any veg. I made a second batch based on all the essentials plus added a small bit of leftover cauliflower and a broccoli crown and two carrots and it was a winner.

  4. I like Chef Besh a lot (and his 4 cute sons) and have only one of his cookbooks. Cauliflower is at the top of my favorite veggies and no cream in this soup has to be a winner 🙂

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