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Whole30 approved cauliflower soup!

Cauliflower soup with bacon |

Last week I was thinking it would be way too hot for a cauliflower soup recipe, but in the meantime the temperatures have dropped considerably and I think it is time! Right? and yes, this is a whole30 approved recipe since I made this when we were still on our whole30. You’ll find more recipes like this here anyway, but really; it doesn’t matter which diet or regime you follow. This soup is delicious regardless…

It’s quick, simple and well, plain delicious!

Cauliflower soup with bacon |

Our post whole30 is still a bit ‘wonky’ (love that word.. Like flabbergasted….0:) and that means that we are full in no time when we eat something that we haven’t had for 30 days. The first day we had a delicious breakfast with spelt toast and ham, lunch was a mixed grain salad (will follow!) with mango and tomato and at night we wanted to eat the chickenburgers we had made the day before…

But we also wanted to test some stuff for the blog in the afternoon and we decided on tempura batter for sweet potatoes and cauliflower rosets… So we made those and of course it had to be tasted as well. And it really wasn’t all that much, but… within something like 5 tempura fries I was full. And not a little bit, I felt completely stuffed! Like I just had 3 plates full of something… Really weird if you think about it.

Cauliflower soup with bacon |

Those burgers never saw the light of day as we had enough… Tsssss… So it’s still going easy on the grains for a bit, although we didn’t have any trouble with the lunch (which was mixed grains like spelt, farro, rice and such) Anyway, when you’re reading this we’re a few days further so I’m guessing we’re slowly getting used to being back to normal…

And in any case you can always have this delicious soup!

Cauliflower soup with bacon

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hr 10 minutes


  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • few rashers of bacon, baked crisply


  1. Cut the cauliflower roughly into smaller pieces and set aside
  2. Heat a large pot and add the coconut oil. Fry the onions, carrots and garlic for about 5 minutes or until they are softened. Add the cauliflower and fry until it becomes a little bit browned.
  3. Add the broth and the water, bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer (covered) until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes
  4. Puree the vegetables with a stickblender in the pot (or use a blender but be careful that the hot liquid might spatter out, so keep a kitchentowel on top if you do that)
  5. Add salt, pepper and the coconut milk and stir to combine.
  6. Add the cripsy fried bacon bits on top and serve

Recipe from the book Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan

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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    August 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Delicious recipe, I love cauliflower!

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    October 22, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I found it on pinterest after my fiance decided he’d like to start eating healthier with me. I was really nervous about trying it since I had never tried cauliflower soup before (despite loving it steamed, mashed, and raw). I also really didn’t expect the mister to enjoy it. He isn’t fond of most veggies and isn’t particularly adventurous. When I showed him the recipe all I got was a not very optimistic “I’ll try it..” But upon his first sample of it, he claimed it to be delicious. At first I thought he was just being nice as to not hurt my feelings, but he ended up devouring a bowl that night and sent me rave reviews the next day via text as he ate more for lunch. He even told me this is probably his most favorite soup ever. Seriously, thank you so much for this recipe. Blending up a bunch of healthy ingredients into a delicious creamy soup is genius. I’ll be saving this one and will most likely be making it weekly this fall and winter.

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      Simone van den Berg
      October 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

      So glad to hear that you liked The cauliflower soup! I thought it was a pretty old one too… πŸ™‚

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    November 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I, too, love cauliflower but we never think to make soup with it! I am intrigued by the use of beef broth and bet it adds a marvelous depth and richness to the soup. And of course a bacon topping is perfect! I love this recipe!

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      Simone van den Berg
      November 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      It’s absolutely delicious Jamie! And I would never have thought to make soup with cauliflower before too, but it’s brilliant!

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    September 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I am living in the Netherlands as well. Could you tell me where you found bacon that does not contain sugar?

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      Simone van den Berg
      September 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      He Melissa, I ordered it specially online at – I think – OK vlees. The ones in the supermarket all contain sugar.. πŸ™

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