Turmeric-Cauliflower Cream Soup

A half of a small head of cauliflower (found in the back of my fridge), some onion and garlic, a potato for creaminess and just the right amount of turmeric and…Presto! A radiant-hued, health-giving soup to brighten a chilly, gray autumn day.

Turmeric—the bright yellow spice that gives curry powder its distinctive color—has become the darling of the food world for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cancer-preventing, and brain-boosting properties…the trick in cooking, though, is finding the right dosage. Too little and it’s just for color, too much and it can taste bitter. When the amount is spot on, however, it can lend a rich, satisfying flavor to the simplest dishes, like a quick cauliflower soup.

I’ve sprinkled this one liberally with black pepper for a couple of reasons. First: Flavor. (Duh!) Second: Black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s main compound (curcurmin), thus enhancing its health benefits.

The pretty potage is luscious on its own, or you can throw in some cooked grains and vegetables (like I did with the cauliflower in the photo) and just like that, you’ve got a meal.

Turmeric-Cauliflower Potage (Cream Soup)

1 Tbs. butter or olive oil
½ small onion or 1 small leek, white part only, chopped
½ tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. ground turmeric
8 oz./200 g./1 ½ cups cauliflower florets
1 medium Yukon gold potato (2 oz./60 g.), peeled and diced
coarsely ground black pepper for garnish, optional

Heat the butter or oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion or leek and a pinch of salt, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened and translucent. Stir in the garlic and turmeric, and sauté 1 minute. Add the cauliflower florets and 2 ¼ (275 ml.) cups of water, and ½ tsp. salt. Cover, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower and potato are very soft. Blend in a food processor or blender (or use an immersion blender) until smooth. Adjust the seasonings, and serve sprinkled with black pepper, if desired. Makes 3 cups/Serves 2

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2018-10-19T09:10:03+00:004 Comments


  1. Julie October 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I’m going to make this. My sister shared this with my other sisters.😊

  2. Kitty October 21, 2018 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I made this and even the kids loved it!!! A little dollop of creme fraiche throws it over the top!

  3. Alex November 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Oh, I can’t wait to make this soup. Pretty much includes everything that’s already in my fridge. I have to substitute shallots for garlic due to allergy but I imagine it will still be delicious and look as pretty.

    • MM Chappell November 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      You can also just skip the garlic. There’s enough flavor going on already.

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