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Monday, May 27, 2013

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Ham (DF, GF)

Creamy Cauliflower Soup
I love hiding vegetables in soup!  This particular soup is so creamy and decadent, you'd never suspect it's full of healthy vitamins.  And there's no dairy in it at all!  The creaminess comes from the pureed cauliflower and the coconut milk, but don't worry that this is just a bland pile of cauliflower mush.  Flavor busts out all over from the ham, horseradish, caramelized onions and chives.  You're going back for seconds on this one!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Ham

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
4 cups chicken broth
1 vidalia onion, sliced thin
olive oil
3 pcs ham (leftover or deli), diced
1/2 cup coconut milk (depends)
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup Veganaise horseradish (or your favorite prepared horseradish)
4 Tbsp chives, snipped small

In a large stockpot, combine the cauliflower and chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes, or until cauliflower is soft.

Meanwhile, in a frying pan, combine onion and olive oil, and cook over medium-low heat until onion is lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes.

While you are waiting for these two pots to cook, start a smaller frying pan with the diced ham.  Cook on medium and stir often - the ham may stick and burn.  Set aside when browned.

Add the cooked onion to the pot of cauliflower, along with the coconut milk (add a little less if your cauliflower is very wet), nutritional yeast, salt & pepper and prepared horseradish.  Blend with an immersion blender until no chunks remain.

Garnish with chives and serve warm (serves 4 - 6).  Tastes even better on the second day!


  1. Oh my gosh yum!! I love your blog! I'm going to start following you. I have special dietary restrictions that I blog about as well. I can't wait to try this recipe!!

  2. This looks great! Thank you for sharing at the Nourishing Pin It Party.

  3. Oh yum...this looks hearty and fabulous! This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday's live now!

  4. The horseradish and ham would be a wonderful combo ~ the cauliflower and coconut milk sublime. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)