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Mushroom, Leek Soup with Yellow Cauliflower

A good mushroom soup makes the most of the subtle and sometimes rather elusive flavor of mushrooms. white mushrooms are used here for there pale color; cremini or, better still, portabello mushrooms give a fuller flavor but turn the soup dark brown. Mushroom, Leek with Yellow Cauliflower Soup is a delicious and nutritious soup, which should be served with crusty bread.

Leek and mushroom soup

Mushroom, Leek Soup with Yellow Cauliflower

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Serves: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 20 mins


  • 1/2 head yellow or white cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 leeks, (white parts only) thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. white button mushrooms brushed clean and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp thyme, chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (more if need it)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Madeira wine (optional)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • parmesan cheese for serving



In a stockpot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add button mushrooms, garlic and thyme, and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the Madeira and cook until the liquid has evaporated about 2 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth and cauliflower. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes.


Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth, then return the soup to the pot. Stir in the almond milk and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls. Garnish with parmesan cheese and thyme. Serve immediately.

Soup spoon and garlic

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    November 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Leek is one of my favorite ingredients, and mushrooms! Cauliflower sounds as a good addition to the soup. I will have to skip a blending step as my husband and son do not understand blended forms of soup. Funny, ha?! 🙂 Love all your photos, so fresh with the addition of yellow something … What is that yellow plant?

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    November 14, 2012 at 4:33 am

    You taught me something new – there is "yellow" cauliflower?! Never heard of it or seen it before! I'm also new to Madeira wine. The rest of ingredients sounds wonderful in the soup. I too love leek and almost always put it in my soup. Such a pretty styling Yelena!

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    November 19, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Marina, I have no idea what is the name of that yellow plant. I collected from the next door neighbors, they have very interesting collection of flowers and plants.

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    November 19, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Nami, I found recently the "purple" cauliflower also -) It brings extra color to many dishes. You don't even need any props, that's how beautiful it looks!

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