Cauliflower & White Bean Soup with Herb Croutons


Pureed cauliflower lends a creamy, silky texture to this vegetarian white bean soup without using a drop of dairy.

Cauliflower & White Bean Soup with Herb Croutons
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage, divided

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme, divided, plus more for garnish

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (1 medium head)

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable or no-chicken broth

  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added white beans, rinsed

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread (3 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and 1 teaspoon each sage and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in cauliflower, broth, beans, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the cauliflower is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, spread bread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining 1 teaspoon each sage and thyme.

  4. Puree the soup using an immersion blender (or in batches in a regular blender) until smooth. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Serve the soup with the croutons and drizzled with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkled with more thyme, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate soup for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

315 Calories
16g Fat
35g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups soup & 1/3 cup croutons
Calories 315
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 29IU 1%
Sodium 432mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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