Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup with Hazelnut Gremolata

September 15, 2015 by Kari Karch

During the colder months I crave a warm and flavorful soup to keep me toasty inside and out. This gorgeous soup can be served at any dinner party or for a table of one..just make sure to pair it with a big glass of vino! Happy Eating!


preparation time
20 mins

cook time




1 medium head cauliflower cut into florets

3 tablespoons olive oil divided

2 large shallot minced

2 medium-sized yukon gold potatoes peeled and chopped

1 teaspoons chopped thyme

4 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons chicken base

1 lemon zested

2 tablespoons fruity olive oil



Preheat your oven to 400F. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets and leeks in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper. Roast until medium brown, about 20-30 minutes. While the cauliflower/leek mixture is roasting, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a soup pot over medium heat, add shallot and potatoes and saut for 5-7 minutes, or until shallots are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic and thyme and saut until fragrant, about a minute or two. Deglaze the pot with the wine and reduce till almost evaporated. Pour in the broth and chicken base then add the roasted cauliflower. Bring soup to a boil, cover with a lid, and reduce to simmer, allowing the soup to cook for about 20 minutes. Potatoes should be tender before removing pot from heat. Once the soup has finished cooking and you have turned off the flame, use a Kenmore blender and puree the soup in batches until it reaches a smooth consistency. Pour soup back into pot and add cream and goat cheese, stirring to incorporate. Cover pot and allow cheese to melt and integrate into the soup. Stir well and check the soup for salt & pepper; season if necessary. To make the gremolata, combine the parsley, hazelnuts, lemon zest, and oil. Serve soup in bowls and top with gremolata then add a swirl of olive oil to finish. Happy Eating!

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.