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Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This cauliflower and broccoli soup is wonderfully warming and easy to make on a cold day. Serve with fresh buttered bread.


  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 600g (2) broccoli heads, segmented
  • 1kg (2) cauliflower heads, segmented
  • 1.5 litre (6 cups) vegetable stock
  • 250ml (1 cup) double cream
  • 166g (2 cups) cheddar cheese, grated
  • 25g (4 tbsp) slivered almonds, toasted
  • chives, for decoration


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then gently fry the onion for 5 minutes, or until softened and translucent. 
  2. Add the garlic and fry for another 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the broccoli, cauliflower and stock, then bring to a boil. 
  4. Lower the heat to a steady simmer and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked and fork tender. 
  5. Transfer the contents to a food processor and blitz until desired consistency. (I prefer smooth!)
  6. Tip the soup back into the saucepan, then add the cream and cheese. 
  7. Bring it back to heat and let the soup bubble for 2 minutes. Stir to ensure the cheese has completely melted. 
  8. Serve immediately, topped with almonds and chives, with some crusty bread on the side. Enjoy!


  • Stick to fresh broccoli and cauliflower if you can. Frozen comes in second place.
  • Don’t throw the broccoli and cauliflower stalks away! The stalks cook and blend well in this soup.
  • If you’re vegan, you can replace the cream and cheese with vegan alternatives.
  • If you’re not vegan or vegetarian, you can sprinkle the soup with crispy bacon.
  • Another cheese that pairs very well with cauliflower and broccoli is parmesan cheese. Feel free to experiment!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: British

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