Winter is long, we get it. That doesn’t mean you have to eat the same warm meals every week. Try this cauliflower soup with gnocchi next. We are pretty sure it’s going to make it on your recipes’ rotation list.
What to expect: this dish is simple and easy to make, wholesome, healthy and nutritious. Most importantly, it’s full of flavour even without pasta, or extra cheese. You can enjoy it as a minestrone or blend it into a cream, before adding the pasta (that’s how I personally like it :).
Let’s make it.
What’s to love about this Cauliflower soup
Minestrone with pasta is a delicious meal to make and enjoy throughout Winter, as well as during Autumn and Spring.
If you love Italian food, and appreciate comforting food, you’re going to love this recipe.
You’ll also love the fact that you can make it in under 1 hr; most of the time is needed for simmering not preparing it.
The recipe makes enough for 5 portions.
You can store any leftovers without the gnocchi in the freezer.
How to make this Cauliflower Gnocchi Soup
There are 5 steps in making this dish.
- Clean and prep your vegetables
- Make a soffritto
- Add the cauliflower and liquids
- Leave to simmer
- Cook the gnocchi and serve
Below is our easy recipe, you can follow on your screen or print out.
The key ingredient in this recipe is our Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a high quality EVOO that is rich in antioxidants and tastes delicious. It really adds a wholesome flavour to this simple meal, both in the soffritto and the final drizzle.
Italian Cauliflower Soup with Gnocchi
- 1 chopping board
- 1 chopping knife
- 1 vegetable peeler
- 1 large pot
- 1 small pot
- 1 strainer spoon
- 1 soup ladle
- 3 tbsp Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus more for drizzling when serving
- 1 onion medium
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 stalks celery
- 3 carrots medium
- 1 cauliflower medium sized, about 700gr
- 2 vegetable stock cubes
- 1.5 litre water or enough to cover all the vegetables in the pot
- 200 ml cooking cream we are using dairy free
- 500 gr gnocchi between 10 to 15 per bowl
- salt enough to season
- black pepper enough to season
- your favourite Italian herb optional for extra flavour
- 1 tbsp pecorino cheese for grating or grated parmesan cheese
- Prepare all the ingredients you need. See ingredients list.3 tbsp Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2 stalks celery, 3 carrots, 1 cauliflower, 2 vegetable stock cubes, 1.5 litre water, 200 ml cooking cream, 500 gr gnocchi, salt, black pepper, your favourite Italian herb, 1 tbsp pecorino cheese
- Wash, peel and cut the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to make the soffritto.
- Wash and cut your cauliflower head into florets.
- Add your soffritto vegetables (onion, garlic, carrots and celery) to a large pot with 3 tablespoons of Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Mix and leave to golden for around 5 minutes; continue mixing from time to time and lower the heat.
- Prepare the vegetable stock by placing both cubes in a bowl with water and heating it up in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Then use a spoon to stir the stock cube into the water and help it melt.
- Add the cut cauliflower florets to your soffritto vegetables.
- Add the bowl of water with the melted vegetable stock cubes.
- Add enough water, about 1.5 litres, to cover all the vegetables in the pot.
- Add the cooking cream. You can use regular cream or dairy free cream.
- Mix everything, season with salt and pepper, cover the pot with its lid and leave to simmer for 40 minutes over low heat. Feel free to add the optional Italian herb for extra flavours (oregano or thyme are good choices).
- After 30 minutes, fill a medium sized pot with water, season with salt and leave to boil. Then add the gnocchi and leave to cook for about 2 minutes. You know they are ready once they start floating.
- Take the pot of the heat. Drain and serve the gnocchi in each bowl. Top with two or more ladleful minestrone.
- Finish by adding a crack of black pepper, a drizzle of Belmorso Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a tablespoon of grated pecorino or parmesan cheese.
- Optional: You can choose to blend your minestrone, add it to the gnocchi in a bowl and then garnish.
How to pair this Minestrone
This can be a complete meal because it also includes pasta. However, if you are someone who strives to always include protein with your meals, here are a few meal pairings ideas:
- Grill some chicken and enjoy it alongside. Replace chicken with tofu if you are vegetarian.
- Make a chicken salad to eat before or after the minestrone.
- You can also top your plate with some plain shredded chicken.
- Enjoy a high protein dessert like a bowl of Greek yogurt and nuts.
Now that I have shared the recipe and also suggested how to pair it, I am going to answer a few of the questions that might come up before or while you make it.
Can you make cauliflower soup without dairy?
Is cauliflower soup gluten free?
Is cauliflower soup low calorie?
How long does soup keep in the fridge?
Do you cook pasta in soup or separately?
Which pasta shape is best for soup?
Can you use gnocchi in soup?
How long do gnocchi take to cook?
Can you use large pasta in soup?
How many stock cubes for soup?
Should you cook gnocchi before adding them to soup?
Other Italian Soup Recipes
Before you go, you may want to check these other recipes, and save them for next time you want to cook a warm meal.
- Tomato and basil soup with olive oil crostini
- Vegetarian soup stew from Italy
- Roasted pepper and tomato soup with Gold Balsamic