Roast Cauliflower Soup with Deep Fried Black Olives

A bit of oil and salt makes everything better, right? Almost like crunchy croutons in a salad (except much better) these little crispy bits of olive are a perfect touch atop the rich, creamy cauliflower soup.

Preparation time Prep: 10 mins
bake 30 mins
cook 15 mins

You will need:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 brown onion
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1L vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
Deep Fried Black Olives
  • 100g Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 200ml vegetable oil
To serve
  • Bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread, toasted
  • Chunk cultured oat butter
Recipe: Simon Toohey


  • 1Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
  • 2Chop the cauliflower up roughly. (It doesn’t matter how, but the smaller the pieces are, the quicker they will roast and go brown.) Slice the onion in quarters, but leave the skin on (you can slide that off easily after it's roasted.)
  • 3Place cauliflower, onion, and whole garlic cloves in a bowl. Drizzle with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss everything in the bowl to ensure the vegetables are coated in olive oil. Divide between a couple baking trays and roast for 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is dark brown (but not burnt). Allow everything to cool slightly on the trays.
  • 4Meanwhile in a pot, add the stock, bay leaves and thyme and bring to a boil. Remove the skin from the roasted onions. Add the cauliflower, onion and garlic to the stock. Turn the heat down to medium-low so that the soup is just simmering. Put a lid on and cook for 10 minutes.
  • 5While the soup is simmering, pour the vegetable oil into a pan and heat to 160–170°C. Finely dice the Kalamata olives and place into the hot oil. Fry until there are hardly any more bubbles coming from the olives. Use a slotted spoon to carefully remove the fried olives from the oil and place in a bowl lined with a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. The olives will go crispier as they cool.
  • 6Remove the herbs from the soup, add a pinch of nutmeg and the remaining olive oil and blend until the oil is fully incorporated and the soup is smooth and creamy.
  • 7Pour into a bowl and top with chopped parsley, fried olives and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with toasted sourdough.
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