cauliflower soup

Cauliflower soup with gnocchi


The original recipe was posted on our new blog

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.

  1. Clean and prep your vegetables
  2. Make a soffritto
  3. Add the cauliflower and liquids
  4. Leave to simmer
  5. 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.



  • 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.
ingredients for cauliflower soup
Wash, peel and cut the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to make the soffritto.
preparing vegetables for cauliflower soup
Wash and cut your cauliflower head into florets.
cutting cauliflower into florets for cauliflower soup
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.
vegetables for soffritto
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.
vegetable stock
Add the cut cauliflower florets to your soffritto vegetables.
adding cauliflower florets to pot
Add the bowl of water with the melted vegetable stock cubes.
adding vegetables stock for soup
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.
adding cooking cream to soup
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).soup simmering
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.
boiling gnocchi in a pot
Take the pot of the heat. Drain and serve the gnocchi in each bowl. Top with two or more ladleful minestrone.
serving cauliflower soup
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.
enjoying a bowl of cauliflower soup at home
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:

  1. Grill some chicken and enjoy it alongside. Replace chicken with tofu if you are vegetarian.
  2. Make a chicken salad to eat before or after the minestrone.
  3. You can also top your plate with some plain shredded chicken.
  4. Enjoy a high protein dessert like a bowl of Greek yogurt and nuts.


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.

  1. Tomato and basil soup with olive oil crostini
  2. Vegetarian soup stew from Italy
  3. Roasted pepper and tomato soup with Gold Balsamic


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