There’s nothing I love more than comforting, creamy soup on a cold winter day! I love it even more when I can guiltlessly go back for seconds, since everything in the soup is packed with nutrition. Enter…Curry Cauliflower Soup.
Perhaps the best part of this soup is that the flavor resembles that of vegan mac n’ cheese, with a subtle hint of sweet and spicy from the curry and turmeric*. Turmeric not only lends its brilliant color to the Curry Cauliflower Soup, but makes it the perfect immune booster you need this time of year, in addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Lately it’s become common knowledge that turmeric is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, because of its active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin helps bolster brain health, in addition to reducing oxidative stress in the body. Additionally, I’m excited to see more research being done for how this spice can specifically benefit athletic performance.
Some of the current findings show turmeric can help speed muscle recovery through reducing the stress training puts on the body (again, going back to its anti-inflammatory properties). Any kind of physical training you do is going to increase inflammation in the body by breaking down muscle fibers- this is good, to a certain extent- but it’s important to reduce the exercise induced stress as soon as possible post-workout, to help the body rebuild stronger. Additionally, this spice is being shown to prevent catabolism (muscle breakdown), thus may help preserve muscle tissue (especially when in a caloric deficit).
To get the most out of turmeric, it’s important to note that curcumin is fat soluble, so it’s benefits are better absorbed when consumed with fat. Thus, the cashews in this Curry Cauliflower Soup aren’t just for added creaminess, but they boost the antioxidant content as well! Another way to increase the bioavailability of turmeric is to consume it will black pepper- so feel free to add more as a finishing garnish.
I hope this veggie + nutrient packed soup warms your body and soul as much as it does mine- hang in there, guys…winter is almost over!!
*I always use MRM’s superfood turmeric powder because I know it is of the best quality, and buying it in a larger quantity helps reduce the cost per serving. You can save an additional 40% off this product by using the code ELLEN at checkout!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
Curry Cauliflower Soup
- 1T olive oil
- 2 large yellow onions - thinly sliced
- 1 medium head cauliflower - cut into bite sized florets
- 3 large carrots - cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1T tomato paste - heaping
- 4 tsps dried mustard
- 2 tsps turmeric
- 1.5 tsp curry
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 quart veggie broth
- 1-2 cups additional broth or unsweetened cashew milk
- pumpkin seeds - for garnish
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet, then add the onions and cook over medium low-heat to slowly caramelize the onions while the vegetables are cooking.
- Once the water comes to a boil, add the cauliflower florets, carrot pieces, and raw cashews. Boil ~20 minutes, until the cashews can easily be smashed between your fingers, and the cauliflower is completely fork tender.
- After the veggies are soft, drain from the water and transfer to a blender or large food processor. Pulse a couple times just to make room.*
- When the onions are carmelized, add the crushed garlic, spices, and tomato paste. Stir for about a minute, until the spices become fragrant.
- Transfer to the blender with the cauliflower and add the broth. Puree until completely smooth. (If your blender is small, you may need to puree in two batches).
- Depending on how smooth and creamy you want your soup, add additional broth, cashew milk, or even a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. (PS. This also tastes great leftover!)
*If you want to avoid transferring ingredients back and forth, you can keep everything in the large pot you boiled the vegetables in, and use an immersion blender to combine everything- just be careful of splashes!