During the colder months in Eastern Europe, its common to find soups made from vegetables such as cauliflower, as it tolerates frost well and can be stored for a long time. This version of cauliflower soup includes paprika which gives it a nice flavor. Although, every family has their own version, my grandmother cooked cauliflower soup with paprika, my mother without it.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 medium-sized cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1 parsnip, sliced
1/3 cup soup noodle *
3 cups water
3 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp white spelt flour
2 tsp paprika
salt, pepper to taste
dollop of sour cream
chopped parsley for garish
Heat sunflower oil in a large saucepan. Add chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add carrot, parsnip, cauliflower and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Add flour, paprika and stir while pouring the water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, then add the noodle and cook until vegetables and noodle are tender. Garnish with parsley. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.
* Hungarian soup noodle is a kind of small pasta that can be cooked directly in soup or water, or in stew broth. It is a great accompaniment for Hungarian Beef Goulash or any dish rich with pan juices or gravy. You can substitute it with any kind of Italian small pasta (pastina) like gramigna, gobbetti, farfalline, lancette, treccine, ditaloni rigati, etc.
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My love for cookbooks and delicious food started at the age of 9. Whenever I came home from school my little brother and I would wait for Mom to make dinner for us. Until the dinner was ready, I was turning the pages back and forth and was staring at photographs of amazingly looking dishes in Mom’s cookbooks to kill my appetite somehow. I couldn’t have known then, that I would be collecting cookbooks after reaching adulthood and would still be, just like in my childhood, staring at awesome photos of delicious dishes. The only difference is that I do the cooking now. I love traveling, going to the organic market and browsing foodblogs. My food and travelblog is Zizi’s Adventures. I also can be found on Twitter and on Facebook.