Today I share with a vegan cauliflower soup by Jamie Oliver. I have to say I’m amazed to see how a simple, vegan soup can be so tasty.
what’s the secret ?
First, the vegetables ( cauliflower, onions and garlic) are roasted. This is how the vegetables bring out all their flavours and sweetness, with a nutty flavour from the main ingredient the « cauliflower ». Which sometimes can be a boring vegetable.
Second secret, the added spices. The « cinnamon », and the famous Moroccan blend « Ras El Hanout » along with coconut milk make this soup rich, creamy and absolutely bursting with flavour.
What is « Ras El Hanout » ?
Ras El Hanout is a classic Moroccan spice blend. The Arabic name literally means « head of the shop », and contains a mixture of the best spices the seller has to offer.
Like so many spice mixes, there is not one and only composition. Every family or shop may have their own blend.
The mixture usually consists of over a dozen spices in different proportions. The basic version or the commonly used ingredients include : Cardamom, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, white pepper, black pepper, saffron, mace, clove, anise and fennel seeds.
One thing is for sure, with all of this warm spices, « Ras El Hanout » adds a boost of flavours to any dish. That’s why every time I go to Morocco I fill up on spices. Specially ras el hanout.
In Morocco, it’s used in many savoury dishes, like « M’rouzia » or « M’hammer » ones of the traditional and most important dishes in Morocco specially during the Eid Al Adha. As you can use it to marinate the fish like this wonderful « salmon, sweet potatoes & ras el hanout Tagine ». Now I’m thinking I should make it again.
Why should you try this vegan cauliflower soup?
The recipe doesn’t require too much ingredients. Specifically if you have Ras El Hanout, and now it’s easy to find it on line.
It’s very easy to make, it takes 10 minutes to prepare the vegetables. Once you put them in the oven to roast them, the job is done.
The soup is hearty, you can have it for a light dinner it’s sufficient. As you can serve it with some bread or why not with this fabulous cauliflower Sfiha.
Jamie Oliver, asks to blitz the soup until is smooth and creamy, which I did and I like it in this way. Really creamy without a drop of cream which is the dream. If you prefer some texture remains don’t over blitz.
Last but not least, it’s a vegan soup.
I hope you’ll enjoy it, let me know if you try it.