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Cauliflower and white bean soup with parsley pesto

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
45 min
20 min
25 min
Transform white cauliflower and bean soup with the simple addition of fresh green parsley pesto.


brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped


2 clove(s), crushed

Vegetable stock, liquid, salt-reduced

4 cup(s), (1L)


1 large

canned cannellini beans, rinsed, drained

1 can(s), (1 x 400g can)


30 g

fresh flat-leaf parsley

¾ cup(s)

grated parmesan cheese

10 g

olive oil

1 tbs

lemon juice

1½ tbs

oil spray

2 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly spray a large saucepan with oil and heat over medium-low heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes or until soft but not coloured. Add half the garlic and cook, stirring, for 10 seconds. Stir in stock.
  2. Remove a few large florets from cauliflower. Cut 8 thick slices from florets and set aside. Chop remaining cauliflower and add to pan with beans. Cover and bring to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for 10-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Use a stick blender to blend until smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, line a small baking tray with baking paper. Arrange cauliflower slices on prepared tray and lightly spray with oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Add walnuts to tray for last 5 minutes of cooking.
  4. Cool walnuts. Process walnuts, parsley, parmesan, oil, juice and remaining garlic in a food processor until pesto is well combined. Thin with a little water if preferred.
  5. Top soup with pesto and roasted cauliflower. Season with pepper to serve.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Small wholemeal pita bread.

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