Cauliflower, Thyme and Green Tea Cream Soup

October 19, 2011 14 Comments

Autumn is here again and this is the heart and soul warming soups time for me. Most of the time I only want to snuggle under a blanket on our comfy couch, light a few candles, read a good book, watch a film and eat something delicious, warm and hearty. It’s so peaceful and relaxing. Where is your happy, peaceful place during fall?

Today I’m sharing a hearty, warm soup recipe with you. Originally this wasn’t the next one to come on the blog. I cooked this soup yesterday and it turned out to be so awesome that’s why I can’t wait to share it with you, guys. The interesting part is the green tea that’s not a conventional ingredient in soups. It doesn’t give a strong flavor to it but it’s different than vegetable stock. The leek, celery and garlic give an earthy flavor and the lemon makes it a bit sour. Special savor combination!

Cauliflower, Thyme and Green Tea Cream Soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

– 1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into small florets
– 1 leek, only the white part, thinly sliced
– 3 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1/2 small sized celery root, diced
– 2 cups water
– 3 cups green tea
– 3 springs of fresh thyme
– 1 lemon’s juice
– salt and pepper
– 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil


Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add leek and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Add celery, cauliflower, lemon juice and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Add in the water and green tea (enough to cover), thyme, salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil. Simmer and cover the pan. Cook the soup for about 15-20 minutes until the vegetables tender and puree it with a hand blender. Serve warm, sprinkle olive oil on top.

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  1. what an extraordinary idea Zita to use green tea for your soup! your pictures are gorgeous!

  2. Emiko says:

    One of my favourite Japanese meals is soba noodles in a green tea broth, so warming and reviving at the same time! This combination sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it out. love that beautiful soup spoon, by the way!

  3. Zita says:

    Thank you, girls for your lovely comments! I’m so happy with these photos! I know they are not perfect yet but I’m getting “there” step by step.

    Emiko, it’s a very easy recipe so please make it! 🙂 I love those spoons too, they came from California! I ordered them on Etsy!

  4. Sneige says:

    Looks healthy, fresh, light and aromatic!

  5. this is interesting. not tried green tea in soup yet ! great idea 🙂 i love the pics…

  6. Zita says:

    Thanks for your comment. It was very delicious!

    Thank you for your comment!

  7. ME! says:

    green tea in a soup? amazing, will definitely try this one! Love the pics… Less is more!!! and beautiful!

  8. Zita says:

    Let me know how you liked the soup if you tried it! 🙂

  9. chefsquire says:

    That soup looks wonderful. I bet the coconut oil is a must. I’m adding this to my list of recipes to try. I’ve been on a cauliflower and celery root kick lately.

  10. Zita says:

    Thank you for your comment. I use coconut oil a lot. I don’t know if you know it or not but it doesn’t taste like coconut! 🙂

  11. Liz says:

    Thanks a lot for a great recipe! Really creative. I made it here–>

  12. Angela says:

    Not a lemon person… would lime work?

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