Roasted Cauliflower Soup

This roasted cauliflower soup is deliciously light and complex at the same time. The sunflower seeds add a creaminess and depth of taste and makes this a soup you can entertain with. Yields 6 – 8 servings.

2 heads of cauliflower
2 onions
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1l vegetable/chicken stock
250ml water
250ml cream
125ml sunflower seeds, toasted
1,2ml grated/ground nutmeg
15ml lemon juice
30ml butter
salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 220℃ and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Cut the cauliflower heads into florets and place them on the line baking tray.
Drizzle with vegetable oil and a sprinkling of salt.
Roast the florets in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through the roasting time.

Peel and chop the onions.
Put a large saucepan on to medium heat, add some oil and the onions and fry until the onions start to caramelise.
Turn the heat down, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Pour the stock, water and cream into the saucepan and add the sunflower seeds and nutmeg.
Add the roasted florets and cook at medium heat for 20 minutes.
Add the lemon juice and butter to the soup and stir through.
Decant the soup, in batches, into a liquidiser and blend until smooth.
Pour the soup back into the same saucepan and taste it – adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
Serve the soup warm with a crusty bread.

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