ffwD: Creamy Cauliflower Soup Sans Cream


Call me crazy, but I grew up thinking that when soups were labeled “creamy”, it automatically included cream or some other “tastes-awesome-but-is-bad-for-you” thickener in the ingredients. This misconception probably formed from being surrounded by fatty, cream-laden foods in the South. Fast forward to my adult years, and lo and behold, the simple act of blending a soup will give it that velvety, “creamy” texture with out any cream.

This week’s creamy cauliflower soup sans cream is definitely that, sauteed vegetables cooked in broth and then blended to smoothness, similar to a recent ffwD assignment, spur-of-the-moment vegetable soup, wherein the soup ingredients were also blended into smoothness. My only substitution was that I used a bag of frozen cauliflower florets instead of messing around with a fresh head of cauliflower. No use in adding extra prep time when time is limited during the holiday season. By using the frozen veggies, this is a definite go-to for a tasty, week-night soup.

This creamy cauliflower soup sans cream made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary Hirsch
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 15:08:53

    Well, that’s a thought. I never even considered using frozen florets. With the cooking and puree-ing, why would it make much difference. And, it’s a time-saver especially during busy times like the holidays. Good call. Nuts, cheese, thyme on top. Looks nice and it appears that you enjoyed it.

  2. saffronandhoney
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 15:14:22

    Looks absolutely wonderful.

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 15:16:49

    The non cream creaminess makes this soup a winner. I don´t think I can get frozen cauliflower but I would surely follow in your footsteps. Have a nice weekend!

  4. Promenade Claire
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 15:22:20

    this gets my vote too, i dread the word creamy, as it usually means loads of dairy

  5. TrafficDiva
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 15:56:44

    The snow is starting to fall…This is soup is a SURE FIRE way to warm one’s cockels!! LOL! I too was under the impression creamy=some type of cream/butter/other yummy goodness..one would never know the difference from the looks of your beautiful presentation!

  6. Choc Chip Uru
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 16:34:01

    Lovely presentation for this soup 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Lola
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 18:21:11

    What an idea! It never occurred to me to use frozen cauliflower but I can see why it would work fine. Thanks for the tip. That makes it a super simple soup:)

  8. apuginthekitchen
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 18:57:22

    Will have to make this soup, it looks heavenly and I love it’s sans cream!

  9. Sara
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 19:33:18

    Another beautiful presentation of this soup! I may not have fallen in love with cauliflower because of it, but I have to admit that it is a tasty-looking dish. Very nice!

  10. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 19:44:01

    Great shortcut with the frozen cauliflower…if you like mussels, you’d love that addition. Have a great weekend!

  11. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 19:47:52

    creamy soups like this are so perfect in the fall!

  12. loavesandstitches
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 20:24:33

    Great idea with the frozen veggie. I was surprised by how creamy the soup tasted without any dairy. Yum!

  13. teaandscones
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 21:11:40

    The soup looks beautiful with the garnishes you used. And it was good.

  14. Geraldine Saucier
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 21:49:30

    Beautiful presentation – the soup looks delicious. Great idea and time saver using frozen cauliflower.

  15. Carine
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 21:52:48

    And the soup looks very yummy!

  16. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 22:01:39

    You aren’t crazy, I totally thought the same thing LOL Thanks for clarifying, and your soup looks absolutely delicious!

  17. Audrey Allure
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 23:21:31

    I actually thought the same thing about creamy soups — this one sounds lovely!

  18. Jenn and Seth
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 23:22:39

    that is a gorgeous soup! sounds delicious!

  19. Three Well Beings
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 01:39:35

    I more or less assumed the creamy texture was cream or something similar, also! It never really occurred to me that simply blending it would change to a creamier texture, but now it makes sense. I love this soup…and I need recipes that are fast and easy. Frozen works for me!

  20. Food,Photography & France
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 03:01:08

    I have half a cauliflower in the kitchen and a bowl of walnuts – I think I’ll try this today:)

  21. My Kitchen Stories
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 04:22:08

    Go the soup. I love cauliflower soup especially without cream!

  22. Tandy
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 07:35:26

    I love how creamy this looks. I’m sure it tastes great 🙂

  23. Daniela
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 08:45:13

    Great idea to prepare this soup without cream,especially now during holiday season with all the sweet treats..

  24. Karen
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 09:02:50

    Sounds great and I like the idea of using frozen cauliflower for a quick meal.

  25. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 10:58:57

    I may have to give this soup a try! Cauliflower certainly lends itself to becoming a lovely creamy texture when pureed and I really like the idea of avoiding the cream…especially this time of year when surrounded by so many temptations!

  26. eatinglikeahorse
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 12:20:40

    I much prefer thick, blended soup to a thin one with chunks of whatever floating in it – and this one looks perfect.

  27. Balvinder
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 12:30:57

    I love the creaminess of soup that comes from cauliflower.

  28. nana
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 13:15:41

    Great idea to use frozen cauliflower, it does save a lot of time. Plus, you
    can make it anytime with out shopping. Yours looks so delicious.

  29. cecilia
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 14:14:01

    I love creamy soups, especially served very hot with a dollop of cold sour cream!! c

  30. Parsley Sage
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 15:11:39

    I used to think the same thing about creamy soups! Now that I’m doing more vegetarian dishes I’m finding out just how wrong I was…and thank goodness 🙂 Your soup sounds really lovely

  31. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 16:41:08

    Great idea to add cauliflower to ones diet. Looks perfect.

  32. squishymonster
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 19:03:13

    You could’ve fooled me…looks rich and decadent! =)

  33. rebecca
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 23:02:40

    looks wonderful 🙂 and I hear you soups can be fab without all the cream

  34. kitchen flavours
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 07:38:28

    Looks so delicious! I love cauliflowers!

  35. Cher
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 09:06:21

    Using frozen absolutely makes sense! I love recipes like this that are so versatile.

  36. Ameena
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 10:54:13

    I love soups that don’t have cream since I don’t eat cream! Great recipe.

  37. Ryan
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 11:44:52

    This is such a beautiful picture! I love the blue bowl against the creamy soup! I will have to try this soup as it sounds so good for you as well as delicious. Perfect for this time of year!

  38. Melanie @ Easy Recipes With Pictures
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 12:13:53

    I love the idea of topping the soup with the nuts! I love nuts, but never thought of adding them to a soup!

  39. bakeawaywithme.com
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 15:41:11

    Love the way you topped your soup…looks so inviting! I never thought of using frozen cauliflower…great idea!!

  40. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 16:29:21

    We’ve found that pureed soups don’t need a lot or usually any cream. This looks fantastic.

  41. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 16:57:22

    Looks great–now I really need to get that immersion blender to make pureed soups easier…

  42. cooking varieties
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 17:06:32

    hi dear, we dont have frozen cauliflower, guess have to use the fresh ones- wonder how is the difference in taste- i like creamy veggie soup- faster digestion time for my tummy and can eat more if prepared this way.. have a nice day

  43. jessica
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 18:07:19

    haha funny title! looks delic!


  44. Norma Chang
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 18:56:51

    Is that coconut I see as one of the topping?

  45. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 20:00:42

    I love cauliflower and this soup looks great – love the creaminess with no cream!

  46. Bam's Kitchen
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 20:21:19

    This is quite a healthy soup without the cream and I bet we would not even miss the cream. Love the toasted nuts on the top.

  47. Zoe
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 21:28:14

    knowing that this soup has a great creamy texture with no cream added, I’m sure that I will enjoy this soup very much.

  48. Jennifer von Ebers (@SlimShoppin)
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 22:08:38

    I like the walnuts on top!! Looks fantastic

  49. Melolimparfaite
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 22:15:41

  50. Sara
    Dec 09, 2012 @ 23:07:06

    This looks fantastic! I am a big cauliflower fan, and I love creamy soups that are still healthy. A great dish!

  51. libishski
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 01:38:14

    This looks amazing! I would never had thought that there was no cream in this soup either 😀

  52. Shannon (Healthiful Balance)
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 04:58:55


  53. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 13:54:30

    Somewhere in the back our minds we hear “creamy” and equate it with “unhealthy.” Thanks to you (and Dorie) for proving that one wrong! Sounds great!

  54. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:07:19

    Love the soup. It is the perfect combination of creamy with the perfect flavors! I just love it

  55. Cakelaw
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:22:47

    I love that you used frozen cauliflower – a woman after my own heart.

  56. Juliana
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 18:51:26

    The soup looks wonderful, like the crispy walnut texture with the creamy soup.
    Have a great week!

  57. Healthy cooking Blog
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 20:52:52

    I love love love cauliflower

  58. Jasline (Foodie Baker)
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 21:20:50

    The soup looks so creamy and delicious!

  59. betsy
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 21:20:58

    This was easy, easy, easy, just what was needed this week. Your soup looks delicious. I like your choice of toppings.

  60. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 21:30:09

    Don’t you love it when you get creamy without any cream? This soup looks really good!

  61. Elaine
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 10:28:40

    What a pretty photo.

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