My food cravings tend to come in colors. If I’ve eaten too much of a single hue, I find myself craving another part of the rainbow.
It’s green that can require more work. All of a sudden I will have a desperate craving for a leafy salad to get back to feeling normal and balanced.
I do love a green soup, too. Broccoli spinach soup is one of my favorites, but I thought I should add another to my winter rotation.
I started brainstorming about all things green. Edamame was the first idea that popped into my mind.
I love eating those beans steamed and straight from the pod with salt. I’ve even turned them into pesto.
But what green veggie to pair with edamame? Green cauliflower!
Multi-colored cauliflower gets me so excited. Even though it’s become more common, I still act like I will never see it again and buy heads in every color on the shelves.
How To Make Edamame Cauliflower Soup
For my edamame cauliflower soup, I start by roasting the cauliflower in the oven until it is just starting to turn brown.
Then I turn off the oven and switch on the stove.
From there, it is a very straightforward vegetable puree soup. I sauté onions and garlic, and then add shelled edamame, water and the roasted cauliflower to the pot.
It doesn’t take long for the entire mixture to soften up enough to be blended into a smooth-ish puree. My preference is to keep some of the texture of the cauliflower.
For such a simple vegan soup, this one is very filling.
I can even ladle less into my bowl than normal, and I am completely satisfied with a smaller serving.
Edamame Cauliflower Soup
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 43-48 minutes
- Total Time: 53-58 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 1x
1 large head green cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed and broken into florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 small white onion diced
1 garlic clove, minced
12 ounces frozen shelled edamame
4 cups water
1 tablespoon minced chives
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Toss the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Roast the cauliflower until it is tender and the florets are starting to brown at the edges, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Stir in the garlic and remaining salt and pepper and continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes.
Add the edamame (reserve 1/4 cup edamame for garnish), water and cauliflower (reserve 1/2 cup cauliflower for garnish). Simmer the soup for 10 minutes.
Carefully transfer the soup in batches to a blender to puree. Return the soup to the saucepan to reheat before serving.
Divide into bowls and top with cauliflower, edamame and fresh chives.