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Cauliflower soup with parmesan crumbs

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Warm up from the inside out with this cauliflower soup with parmesan crumbs recipe. It’s a flavour sensation.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time30 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Cauliflower soup with parmesan crumbs


  • 1 head cauliflower, leaves discarded, stem trimmed
  • 2 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup (80g) finely grated parmesan
  • 1 tbs finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated

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  1. Step 1

    From the cauliflower head, cut 1 cup of small florets and reserve. Coarsely chop the remaining cauliflower, including stem and core.
  2. Step 2

    Heat 1 tbs of oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped cauliflower, onion and 2 tsp salt. Cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins or until onion softens. Add 5 cups (1.25L) of water and cook, covered, for 15 mins or until cauliflower is completely tender. Cool, then transfer to a blender and carefully blend until completely smooth. Season with salt. Reheat. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Arrange 8 equal mounds of parmesan, about 4cm apart, on prepared tray. Use the back of a spoon to flatten mounds to even thickness, about 8cm in diameter. Bake for 6 mins or until parmesan melts and is pale golden. Cool on tray until crisp. Sprinkle with pepper. Transfer to a bowl and break into breadcrumb-sized pieces.
  4. Step 4

    Heat remaining 1 tbs oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add reserved cauliflower florets and cook, tossing frequently, for 4 mins or until cauliflower is heavily browned. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Step 5

    Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with cooked florets, parsley, parmesan crumbs and lemon zest. Grind black pepper over each bowl to serve.