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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese
Soup season is definitely here and do I ever have a tasty one to share with you today, a creamy roasted cauliflower and red pepper soup! The original idea behind this soup was for a creamy roasted red pepper soup but I figured that I would keep things a little on the healthier side by using pureed cauliflower to add the creaminess and to help thicken the soup up a bit. Roasted red peppers and cauliflower are a great combo and another thing that I like to combine with roasted red peppers is tangy goat cheese which also further adds to the creaminess of the soup. Like a lot of great soups, this one is super easy to make where you really just need to roast the red peppers and cauliflower, saute some onions, add the broth and goat cheese, and heat up before pureeing. I added one final touch to the soup and that was a bit of paprika to add a hint of smokiness!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese
I know what a few of you are thinking right about now and that is: "But Kevin, where is the bacon?" and fear not as this soup is also amazing topped with a mixture of crispy fried pancetta, sauteed apples and crispy croutons. To make this topping simply cook the pancetta in a pan until crispy followed by cooking the apples in the same pan until tender and caramelized and then toss the some diced day old bread in the pancetta drippings and toast them until crispy.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese
Of course it is always nice to get some extra goat cheese in there by sprinkling some on top as well!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup with Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Servings: 4

A creamy roasted red pepper and cauliflower soup with tangy melted goat cheese!



ingredients
  • 4 red bell pepper, cut in half and seeds removed
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
  1. Place the red peppers on a baking sheet with the cut side facing down, broil until the skins are blackened, about 10 minutes, place in a sealable container and let 'steam' for 20 minutes before pinching the skins off and dicing.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the cauliflower in the oil, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F oven until tender and caramelized, about 20-30 minutes, mixing once in the middle.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat and cook the onion until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Add the roasted red peppers, cauliflower, broth, paprika and goat cheese and simmer for 10 minutes before pureeing to the desired consistency with a hand blender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve garnished with goat cheese.

For Slow Cooker: Implement steps 1 & 2, optionally implement steps 3 & 4, place everything except the cheese in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 2-4 hours before pureeing and mixing in the cheese while the soup is still hot so that it melts.

Option: Use jarred or frozen roasted red peppers to save some time.
Option: Use a can of white beans as the thickener instead of the cauliflower.
Option: Replace one cup of broth with cream or milk.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 328, Fat 16g (Saturated 6g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 517mg, Carbs 30g (Fiber 7g, Sugars 14g), Protein 17g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

50 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A beautiful soup! Very tasty and comforting.

Cheers,

Rosa

Aimee @ Simple Bites said...

Love this soup and that topping really puts it over the top!

Heather Christo said...

every ingredient in this soup is up my alley. I love it for these cold stormy nights we are having!

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Kevin, I need to try this, it looks amazing!

Jean Heys said...

Soup looks amazing - will be making soon!
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Amy Alt said...

great soup idea! i love the cauliflower puree you normally get served with scallops plus goats cheese and sweet red pepper - delicious

Joy Bodwell said...

Made this for dinner tonight, and it was incredible! The crumbled goat cheese and bacon/apple/crouton topping was divine! I'm always worried that soups on its own won't ever be filling enough for dinner, but this one was both light, AND hearty! You have become a household name for us the past year. "This is one of Kevin's favorite recipes"..."Kevin says to cook it this way, or try it with this ingredient." Thank you for always providing us with recipes we already know well love!! -Joy and Andrew

Kevin Lynch said...

Joy and Andrew: Wow, that was fast! I am glad that you enjoyed it! I always enjoy doing a soup like this with a salad for light fall and winter meals!

Consuelo @ Honey & Figs said...

I love how colorful this soup looks, and I'm sure it tastes wonderful as well. I want it for dinner tomorrow, please! x

Aimee said...

OH MY YUMMM!! Looks delicious and can't wait to make it!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This soup needs to appear in my kitchen ASAP! YUM!

JKW said...

Where do you find 'smoked paprika' ?

Kevin Lynch said...

JKW: You should be able to find it in higher end grocery stores next to the regular paprika and it could come in sweet and hot varieties.

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) said...

This looks so, so good!! I wish I had a big bowl in front of me now for dinner. And that goat cheese on top is divine. Love this Kevin!

Angie said...

Looks like a great soup for a fall evening.

Jodee Weiland said...

This looks wonderful...hearty and creamy...full of flavor! Love it!

SK said...

This made me utter a whole STRING of swear words, but in a good way. (There IS a good way, ya know.) *lol*

SK said...

This made me utter a whole STRING of swear words, but in a good way. (There IS a good way, ya know.) *lol*

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

What a cozy soup! And the goat cheese - yes! I add that to almost everything!

Joanne said...

Roasted red pepper always sounds good to me! So much great flavor in this!

Lisa said...

I don't like goat cheese, but everything else sounds wonderful...I'll give it a try this weekend, sans cheese!

marla said...

Love this soup Kevin!

Simi J said...

gorgeous! this is something i could eat all day, the texture, the color, the aroma…i can smell the aroma thru my iMac! making this asap

Anonymous said...

I made this soup for lunch today... it is a rainy grey day and this soup was just the right thing. The taste is really special and distinctive. And the texture is delicious. Yuuummm! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :D
Petra

Anonymous said...

Maybe I missed something but is there a step missing for adding to the broth? Im sure its obvious but Im a homemade soup rookie! lol

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: The broth is added in step 5. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the 30 carbs from?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: The carbs are mostly (90%) from the red pepper and the cauliflower:

Michelle said...

How many jars of peppers and how many cans of beans replace the cauliflower

Kevin Lynch said...

Michelle: You want about a cup of diced roasted red peppers and 1 (15 ounce) can of white beans. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Kevin,
Thank you for a well written and lovely recipe. I made this today and was delighted with the complexity of flavors.

Char Andrews said...

Kevin, will Spanish paprika do? Also, what kind of bread do you think works well with this recipe?

Kevin Lynch said...

Char Andrews: Spanish paprika will work! I always enjoy a simple baguette with soups like this either fresh or toasted. Enjoy!

Lauren Andersen said...

i really want to make this. i noticed you have the calories and that this serves 4, but do you know how many oz/grams/cups are in one serving to equal 328 cal?

Kevin Lynch said...

Lauren Andersen: 1 1/2 cups per serving

Anonymous said...

Here is my lunch for the week! Thanks for the recipe.

Sharlene said...

Thank you for this recipe!. I have been looking for a Roasted Red Pepper soup with a little something extra that wouldn't take over the red pepper. Can't wait to try it.

Michelle said...

This is a delicious way to eat my veggies! Thank you for this recipe!

Michelle said...

P.S. This was my first time using smoked paprika. So glad I decided to buy it! I am a big fan now! Yum!

Anonymous said...

I just made this soup and I feel as if the flavour is lacking... I am pretty sure I did everything right...

Anonymous said...

I have made this three times now and portioned it up for lunches, and I'm not tired of it yet. I've been garnishing with a little feta and some pepitas and it is just so good. Thank you for this great recipe and all the other great ones you share!

Anonymous said...

so when you said pinch off the skins of the red bell pepper, do we not use the skins in the soup (just throw them out? Making it right now and it already smells delish:)

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Yes, the skins are discarded.

GG said...

I thought this soup was amazing! I substituted coconut oil for the olive oil, used 3 cups of homemade broth and 1 cup of coconut milk. I would be proud to serve this to company but I will happily be eating this pot up by myself! Thanks for sharing!

Caitlin Kenney said...

This has become one of my go-to soups. The cauliflower base is amazing and I love how comforting and savory it is. We sometimes add shredded chicken.

Anonymous said...

Eating this for lunch as we speak. Absolutely in love with this soup!

Anonymous said...

Delicious! Quick question does this freeze well??

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, it freezes well.

Anonymous said...

I only have unripened goat cheese; can I use that for the recipe or is it calling for ripened?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous : Unripened goat cheese is perfect!

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