Talk about a winning first course. Grab some miso paste, cashews, hummus, vegetable broth, and (of course) garlic to make this recipe for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder. It's ready in only 30 minutes—giving you plenty of time to make the showstopping entree.
Cabbage & white bean soup. (Tried it! Tasty and filling minestrone-type soup. Great way to use that last bit of cabbage hiding at the back of the fridge. Used less cabbage than the recipe called for. Will definitly make again.)