As the weather turns colder, this hearty soup/stew made with roasted vegetables really hits the spot. This vegan recipe is spicy without being hot. Best of all, it will make your kitchen smell fantastic!
1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
5 medium-sized bulk carrots, peeled, cut into 1-1/2″ pieces
Salt and pepper
1-1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp Sweet paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp ground green cardamom
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large sweet onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 x 14-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 x 28-oz can diced tomatoes
Preheat the oven to 475°F. Break the cauliflower into bite-sized florets, and peel and slice the carrots as well. Arrange the cauliflower and carrots, in a single layer, on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper (or just oil the baking sheet with vegetable oil). Season vegetables lightly with salt and pepper.
Make a spice blend by mixing together the turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne and cardamom so that they are thoroughly combined. Sprinkle about half of the spice mixture onto the vegetables. Drizzle seasoned veg generously with olive oil, and gently toss the carrots and cauliflower so that all pieces are seasoned and oiled.
Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 3 minutes, before adding the garlic and the rest of the spice mixture. Continue to saute the mixture, on medium-high, for another 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the chickpeas and canned tomatoes to the soup pot, and add salt and pepper to taste. Raise the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a medium-low simmer. Cover and allow mixture to bubble for 5-10 minutes.
Carefully add the roasted cauliflower and carrots to the pot, and bring to a boil again. Once the mixture boils again, quickly reduce the heat to medium-low and let the soup pot simmer, covered, for another 15-20 minutes. Check the soup intermittently, and add water or vegetable broth if necessary.
Serve in soup bowls, while piping hot. Tastes great with pita, crusty French bread or roti / naan on the side.