Today’s post is part of a blog tour for Robin Robertson’s latest book “Fresh From the Vegan Slowcooker”. Most of you are probably familiar with this author as she is practically the queen of vegan cuisine with more than 20 cookbooks under her belt (two of my favorites being Vegan Planet and Vegan Fire and Spice).
“Fresh From the Vegan Slowcooker” is amazingly helpful for those of us who adore their slowcookers, and especially for those of us who often rely on crockpots to get a ton of food on the table almost effortlessly. Robin and her publisher have been very kind to share this delightful recipe for Crockpot Callaloo Soup with us. I happily devoured an entire recipe’s worth of the Callaloo Soup all by myself this past week… truly delicious.
Yes, it’s another orange soup. There may be more this month, so fair warning! But this one is a pretty awesome recipe, if I do say so myself.
This soup has a pleasant depth and is slightly sweet from the addition of those pretty orange potatoes and roasted cauliflower. The sweetness is delicately enhanced with a light sprinkle of garam masala. And, the chunky veggies and thick and creamy broth make it good choice for lunch or a light dinner.
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup
yield: 6 to 8 servings
- 1 large head cauliflower (the one I used was at least 7″ in diameter
- olive oil for drizzling
- Few dashes garam masala (optional)
- 3 medium to large sized peeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ pieces
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 7 cups filtered water
First, preheat your oven to 400 °F and cut up your cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle cauliflower lightly with garam masala. Place cauliflower onto ungreased cookie sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven and let roast until golden brown on the tops and tender, but not mushy, about 20-30 minutes. There’s no need to flip ‘em. Just remove from oven and let cool while you cook the rest of the soup.
In large stockpot, bring sweet potato, onion, garlic and water to a boil. Salt (abt 3/4 tsp) and stir. Reduce heat and allow to remain at a constant simmer until sweet potatoes are tender. Add in cooked cauliflower and divide soup into 2 parts.
Let soup cool and then blend one part soup in blender until very smooth. Combine with second part soup and stir. Salt to taste and warm up over stovetop if needed.
Do not underestimate the simplicity of this soup. Three ingredients I had waiting to be used in my kitchen, blended with vegetable broth became the ultimate autumnal soup.
- 1 red pepper, roasted (about 1 1/4 cup sliced) *
- 1 butternut squash, roasted **
- 1 entire head garlic, roasted *
- 3 cups (or more) vegetable broth
Blend all ingredients in blender until very smooth. Salt to taste if desired. I used salted broth so I didn’t need to add any.
Garnish with cashew cream and fresh thyme.
*For an easy tute on how to roast red peppers and garlic, see here.
**To roast a squash: preheat oven to 350 °F. Slice squash in half, remove seeds, rub insides with a touch of salt and/or minced garlic, place face down in a baking pan with about 1/4 cup water and allow to bake about 40 minutes, or until knife easily pokes through skin.
The simplicity of this soup is what makes it so darn delightful. The cilantro imparts a wonderful citrus flavor and pairs well with the dense sweetness of the carrots.
The carrot soup alone is extremely flavorful, so if you have an aversion to cilantro, it’s not essential to add it at the end.
But, of course, if you LOVE cilantro… then by all means, add twice the recommended amount.
If you already happen to have some roasted squash lying around, this recipe is extremely simple, and if you don’t— roasting up a squash only adds a thin layer of complexity to the dish. I enjoy making these types of dinners – especially when I am having a “lazy” day. Which, happens more often than not around my kitchen. :)
This stew is perfect comfort food, and it makes enough to serve a hungry family of four.
Spring is here!
This post is kind of a “farewell to soup”. Well, maybe not a farewell, (because I will be devouring mass gazpacho this summer), but warm soup is my absolute favorite part about Winter. And, I almost exclusively reserve soup for cold weather. So, for me, a farewell to Winter is a farewell to soup.
Now that Spring has sprung, I am looking forward to fresh raw veggies, warm sunshine, and long days in the garden. Birds are singing, frogs are chirping, flowers are blooming…
But, I’m not going to get too ahead of myself. Since it is still a chilly 40 degrees in my neck of the woods… Soups on!!
~Welcome back Spring… I missed you so. <3
Can the world use another Curried Butternut Squash Soup recipe?
I think so.
I made this yesterday for lunch and found it so surprisingly easy and yummy that I wanted to share it. I have honestly never made any kind of squash soup before this, but I have seen numerous beautiful photos from some of my favorite vegan bloggers and cookbook authors. So, I just had to try my hand at making my own… without peeking at anyone else’s recipe. :)
I couldn’t believe how stupid easy this stuff is to make. I will definitely be making this over and over again. It seems like it would be pretty good with some canned coconut milk subbed for some of the almond milk… maybe I’ll try that next time. It is pleasantly mild and sweet… but filling all on its own. After the photo I ended up gulping this stuff down like a milkshake.
I know, I have no shame. Continue reading