I have made this once or twice a month for over a year. I just started reading the reviews and thought I'd finally weigh in. I have always used Harissa paste. I add it right at the beginning with the almonds and olive oil. I also have always used homemade chicken stock just to add a little more protien. I never use 7 cups. I start blending the solids and add as much liquid from the pot to get the soup to a thicker consistency but still creamy soup. I use the leftover liquid for other soups or our favorite - as the liquid for rice made in the instant pot. For the cauliflower size mentioned in the recipe I roughly use a quart plus a little more stock or stock/water combo. I still generally don't use it all for the final soup once I've blended. I know these are not exact measurements but this soup is incredible and so healthy!