Cauliflower & Parsnip Soup with Caramelized Onions & Apples

Update 11/18/2018: This is one of the most popular recipes on Foraged Dish! I have updated it with a video and new images, and refined the instructions. The soup is the same!

Cauliflower & Parsnip Soup with Caramelized Onions & Apples
  1. Roasted Cauliflower

  2. Caramelized Onions

  3. Sautéd Apples

  4. Ultra creamy

  5. Plant-based

  6. A swirl of truffle oil

  7. Let's count caramelized onions twice because-- well, I shouldn't have to explain

These are just a few reasons to love this soup, which is super cozy, and perfect for a snow day.

Cauliflower & Parsnip Soup with Caramelized Onions & Apples
Cauliflower & Parsnip Soup with Caramelized Onions & Apples

The body of this soup is made up of roasted cauliflower, parsnips, and garlic. They get browned in the oven and then puréed with veggie broth and coconut milk for a smooth, silky soup. The texture is similar to potato soup, but parsnips lend a sweet, earthy note that feels super fall-y.

Parsnips, apples, caramelized onions … all great fall flavors! And all of them have a natural sweetness, which means this soup goes really well with something savory, like buttered sourdough or grilled cheese, or just a few slices of gruyere on the side. Saltiness that balances it all out.

Cauliflower & Parsnip Soup with Caramelized Onions & Apples

Published November 3, 2015 by
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Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 1 hour


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 large parsnips, roughly chopped — 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and divided
  • 4-5 cups vegetable broth, (this will vary depending on size of parsnips)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (canned, full fat) OR half-and-half
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 large crisp apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Truffle oil to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. On a sheet pan, combine cauliflower, parsnips, and garlic. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, and stir to coat veggies. Place veggie in oven and roast 20-25 minutes, until browning on edges.
    3. While the veggies roast: heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch skillet over low heat. Add sliced onions to pan, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions are a golden brown. Add a pinch of salt during this step to speed it up. Add diced apples to pan, and cook 5 minutes longer, until apples are softened.
    4. Place cooked veggies in a blender with coconut milk, broth, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy. Season with salt to taste. (Test soup for temperature at this point: if your soup needs to be warmed up, do it now: either heat it in the microwave, or bring it to a simmer in a sauce pan).
    5. Divide soup among serving bowls and top with caramelized onions and apples. Drizzle with truffle oil and season with pepper to taste.

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