Cream of Cauliflower Leek Soup

On a brisk winter day, there’s nothing like a warm bowl of creamy cauliflower leek soup with apples and almonds to comfort and nourish.

Everyone went back for seconds, so that’s as good an endorsement as any. 🙂


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, chopped (green parts too!)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 apple, diced
  • Water to half-cover the veggies (start with 1-2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or tahini
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Chop up all the veggies.

In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the leeks, onions, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, then add the cauliflower and apple and cook for a few minutes more.

Add water to halfway cover the veggies and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat once it starts to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes with a tight-fitting lid, until you can stick a fork into the cauliflower pieces easily.

Stir in the almond butter, then scoop out the veggies into a blender (I had to do two blender batches). You may need to add a little bit more water to be able to blend it into a smooth soup.

Pour into a medium-sized pot. Taste to adjust salt and pepper if needed. Serve as a warming appetizer to dinner, or as a lunch in itself. This soup reheats nicely too, if you have leftovers – just gently heat over the stove or microwave a bowl for yourself. So good!


Today I’m reminded of a beautiful saying by zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh:

There is no way to love.

Love is the way.

There’s nothing to wait for, nothing that needs to change before we can love or be loved or find love.

Love is always inside us. If we sit and breathe into our hearts and tap into that endless source, then love will fill us up, flow out to the people around us, and guide our path forward.

I have it taped up on my wall by my desk as a daily reminder: Love is the way. ❤️

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

8 responses to “Cream of Cauliflower Leek Soup”

  1. Sustainable Living Dojo Avatar

    Facebook comment! Sharon says: Made this recipe today and I loved it 😋 Its the first time I had cauliflower soup with no dairy. The recipe was very easy to follow and well explained.

    1. maitridojo Avatar

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sharon!

  2. maitridojo Avatar

    Facebook comment from Elaine: Sounds yummy!

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  4. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Such a comforting bowl of love!

  5. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Louise: YUM!

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    Instagram comment from Julia: This looks amazing!!

    1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

      @Julia Thank you!

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