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Cauliflower and leek soup

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A hearty warming soup that’s quick and cheap to make. With spicy, toasted cauliflower croutons, it’s a tasty meal.
Serves
6
Prep
15 minutes
Cook
25 minutes
Each 348g serving contains (excludes serving suggestion)
KCal
143
Carbs
18.4g
Fibre
6.7g
Protein
9.3g
Fat
2.8g
Saturates
0.40g
Sugars
9.9g
Salt
0.58g
Portion Fruit & Veg
2
Ingredients
Ingredients
2 tsp rapeseed oil + 1 tsp to oil baking sheet
1 cauliflower (800g), in florets
1 heaped tsp turmeric
1 large onion, chopped
2 leeks, sliced
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
good pinch white pepper
1 low-salt vegetable stock cube in 600ml water
1 x 400g can butterbeans, drained (240g)
300ml skimmed milk
Black pepper to taste
Method
  1. Preheat the oven 180°C/gas mark 4 and lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. Break ¼ of the cauliflower into very small florets, rinse in cold water, shake off any excess and add to a bowl. Sprinkle with the turmeric and mix well. Place on the baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes until the edges are starting to char, then set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, add 2 tsp oil to a pan and add the onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes until softened, but not browned. Add the leeks and the rest of the cauliflower and cook a further 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Add the cumin, garlic, pepper and stock and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked.
  5. Add the butter beans and blend gradually, adding the milk until smooth. Bring up to heat then divide between 4 bowls and top with the roast cauliflower and a good grind of black pepper.
Chefs tips
  • You could try other beans, such as flageolet for this soup.
  • Try adding 1-2 tsp curry paste or powder to the soup along with the garlic and cumin. 
  • You can make the soup in advance and reheat - don’t top the dish with the cauliflower croutons until just before serving.;
  • Freezing instructions: Suitable for freezing once cooked. Freeze cauliflower croutons separately. Defrost in a microwave or over a very low heat until piping hot.
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