Thank you to Vitamix for sponsoring this post!

As I enjoy a bowl of this Roasted Cauliflower Soup, I’ll share how one product has made life in the kitchen so much easier.

Roasted Cauliflower SoupSimplify by Decluttering

When Mike and I got home from Colorado, we decided to go through our kitchen cabinets. A question that we found ourselves asking a lot was, “Why do we have so much stuff?

When it comes to being organized, I believe that simplicity is key and our kitchen was far from simple once we had everything out in the open. We decided to simplify by getting rid of things we never use or don’t need. It has made such a difference for me. Not just with my photography and blog work, but also with our everyday cooking.

Roasted Cauliflower SoupRoasted Cauliflower SoupIntroducing the Vitamix Ascent 3500

The Vitamix Ascent 3500 is a breath of fresh air. This machine has replaced three popular kitchen gadgets of ours. We no longer need our regular blender, our food processor or one of my most loved possessions, our immersion blender. I never thought I would actually part ways with my immersion blender, but we simply don’t need it anymore.

Recipe Variety

The Vitamix helps me make a variety of recipes – beyond smoothies – including chunky salsas, perfectly mixed dough or velvety-smooth soup.

Roasted Cauliflower SoupRoasted Cauliflower SoupThe Smoothest Texture

As you know, I’ve been on a huge dairy-free soup kick lately. This Roasted Cauliflower Soup recipe is my favorite so far in comparison to the Zucchini Soup and Gingered Carrot Soup that I shared earlier this month. I compliment my Vitamix for the smooth textures because of the powerful blades, custom program settings and built-in digital timer.


It blends my soups in about 5 minutes. The speed alone has really helped me create multiple recipes back-to-back with ease.

Roasted Cauliflower SoupRoasted Cauliflower SoupRoasted Cauliflower SoupEasy Storage

It is a large machine, but it’s only two parts, so it’s easy to take apart and store if you don’t have the counter space. I’m leaving mine out for now. The stainless steel and digital touch screen look beautiful and everyone asks about it. And, although I’m a food photographer by trade, this machine is bringing me to new heights as a home cook.



  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leeks (white parts only), about 2 leeks
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1-2 heads of cauliflower, chopped (1 large or 2 medium-size)
  • 7 cups low sodium vegetable broth, plus more depending on desired thickness
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • Fresh ground pepper

Optional Garnishes: 

  • Fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 3-4 slices hickory smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • Truffle oil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. If using bacon for garnish, place 3-4 slices of bacon on a non-stick baking sheet.
  3. Roast bacon for 10-12 minutes depending on desired crispiness.
  4. Remove bacon and allow to cool before chopping into bits. Then, set aside.
  5. Place the chopped cauliflower on a separate baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast cauliflower for about 20 minutes and remove once starting to get brown on the sides.
  7. In a dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté the leeks, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until leeks are soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Add the cauliflower and sauté for another minute.
  9. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is completely tender.
  10. Remove from heat and allow the soup to cool slightly. Stir in the nuts.
  11. Carefully pour the soup into your Vitamix, select the Hot Soup program and let complete, or start the machine and gradually increase to the highest speed and blend for about 5 minutes.
  12. If you're using a regular blender, blend until desired consistency.
  13. Transfer soup back into the dutch oven and add salt & pepper to taste.
  14. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with truffle oil, bacon bits and parsley.

All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.


Disclosure: Thank you to Vitamix for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own and all brands or products promoted are ones that I personally support. Thank you to my readers for supporting the brands that keep me cooking, styling and shooting.


  1. mike says:

    Beautiful Work as always – Vitamix is the best!

    • Regan says:

      Thanks, Mike! It really is – so versatile!

  2. This looks absolutely sensational!!!! I want this for dinner.

    • Regan says:

      Thanks, Jocelyn! Definitely make this one… it’s getting me through these winter days.

  3. Kit Graham says:

    I love cauliflower soup – and you just reminded me that I have some in my freezer! I don’t have a Vitamix but it looks like it makes the soup super creamy!
    Gorgeous photos, as always!

    • Regan says:

      Thanks, Kit!! Looks and tastes creamy and isn’t actually creamy! Love it! Does it freeze well? I’ll have to do that, because this recipe makes a ton!

  4. Robin says:

    Soup is my favorite…I guess I’m going to have to try this one!!! Your photographs are stunning, but tell me, how did you manage to make a Vitamix look sexy?!!! Cause it totally does!

    • Regan says:

      Thanks, Robs! The Vitamix is a natural beauty… 😉

  5. Jordan Sward says:

    Omg this soup looks so amazing!

    • Regan says:

      Thanks, Jordan! It’s sooo good! And, I love that it’s dairy-free!

  6. Lindsey Tom says:

    Oh man, this is the kind of soup that could get me through winter. Looks so good!

    • Regan says:

      Yes, Lindsey, it’s definitely my favorite right now!

  7. Alyssa says:

    Yummmmm!!! Vitamix is a thing of beauty.

    • Regan says:

      Hey Alyssa, yes, it really is!! I am loving it!!

  8. charlotte says:

    Perfect for these grey winter days! Beautiful photos as always. (Vitamix = on the wish list!)

    • Regan says:

      Thank you, Charlotte! This soup is definitely a nice way to lighten up these dull, grey days.

  9. Trisha says:

    Your photos looks amazing as usual! The Vitamix looks like an awesome gadget. I was just thinking about how unnecessary it seems to have a blender and two different sized food processors. Not to mention all of the food processor parts are such a pain to wash! Can’t wait to try this soup!

    • Regan says:

      Thank you so much Trisha! Yeah, the A3500 is totally my one-stop-shop now and clean up is soooo easy because it’s only two parts! Such a breath of fresh air.

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