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Broccoli and cauliflower soup with bread

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A beautifully creamy and warming broccoli and cauliflower soup. Top with parmesan wafers and freshly chopped herbs for added flair and flavour! 

The default recipe serves one.


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 medium brown or white onion, roughly chopped
  • 100g  / 3.5oz broccoli florets, roughly chopped
  • 100g / 3.5oz cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 250ml / 1 cup veg stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp whipping or double cream
  • 1 tsp horseradish (optional)
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 sprigs of parsley, leaves stripped and finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot add the onion and saute for around 4-5 minutes until softened and a little translucent. 
  2. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, stock, horseradish and lemon juice to the pan and season well. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft. 
  3. While the soup is cooking spread the parmesan into small circle shape over a baking tray lined with baking or parchment paper. Place in the oven for 3-4 minutes until melted. Leave to cool.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat and add the scream. Use a stick/immersion blender to blitz into a smooth but thick texture.
  5. Serve with the parmesan wafer on top and the parsley scattered over.


  1. Use freshly grated parmesan rather than pre-grated. The pre-done stuff has emulsifiers added to help stop it sticking, which also prevents it from melting properly.
  2. The horseradish is optional, so can be left out. Or you can add more lemon juice, or even some mustard, to add extra flavour. 
  3. Frozen broccoli or cauliflower also works well, just extend the simmering time by 1-2 minutes. 
  4. The parmesan wafers can be moulded when still warm, to add extra curve or shape. Or you can also place the parmesan over the back of a spoon before placing in the oven (just make sure the spoon has cooled before handling). 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Protein: 7g

Keywords: soup, healthy, broccoli, cauliflower, vegetarian, parmesan, lunch, freezable, starter