Cauliflower and Leek Soup

Serves 6-8

  • 2 tablespoons of butter + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 700g cauliflower, cut into small florets 
  • 1 french shallot, finely chopped 
  • 2 stalks celery, inner white heart 
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 300 - 350ml chicken stock 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • To serve 
  • 1/3 cup diced smokey bacon 
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Gruyere cheese, grated 


1. Wash and slice or chop all vegetables - try and cut the vegetables a similar size to ensure they cook evenly. Finely chop the garlic. 

2. In a large soup pot, heat butter and oil for 1 minute. Add sliced leek, celery, garlic and shallot to the pot and saute for a few minutes until soft. Add all remaining vegetables, chicken stock and milk - Stir. Bring to the boil and turn down to a low simmer.

3. Add bay leaves and season with salt and pepper. Cover pot with a lid and simmer for approximately 15 minutes until the larger vegetables are tender. Whizz soup in a blender or with a bar mix until smooth.

4. In a small frying pan, fry bacon until lightly golden. Serve soup with a garnish of crispy bacon, Gruyere cheese and a scatter of fresh parsley.

Cauliflower and Leek Soup

Soups are fantastic in those cooler Autumn/Winter months and freeze really well. Use what is in Season and play around with different garnishes such as fresh herbs, sour cream, toasted breadcrumbs and or crispy bacon!   

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