Cauliflower Soup Recipe
- 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1 medium carrot, shredded
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons chicken or 1 vegetable bouillon cube
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
- 1. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower, carrot, celery, water and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender (do not drain).
- 2. In another large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Stir in the cheese until melted. Add hot pepper sauce if desired. Stir into the cauliflower mixture. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).
1 serving (1 cup) equals 159 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 617 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Reviews for Cauliflower Soup
"OMGosh!!! Just made this recipe for the first time and it is to die for! I did as some other reviewers stated by adding in some onion, garlic, and red pepper. I didn't have any celery, so instead, used some dry celery flakes. I subbed 2 cups of Almond milk for the 2% (for those of us who are lactose intolerant) and added in some hot pepper flakes. This is a keeper for sure and will be trying it with broccoli next time. I think some bacon bits would be good in it as well. Thanks for a WONDERFUL recipe!!!"
"Not a fan. Too salty and the gravy overpowered the taste of the veggies. I wish I had found another cauliflower recipe. :("
"This will be my staple. Absolutely delicious. I live cauliflower soup. This is my favorite."
"Best soup ever! I added chopped onion, minced garlic and diced red bell pepper. SO GOOD!"
"Loved this so did my family. I didn't have any carrots so I grated parsnips. Also I added fresh grated and chopped ginger."
"I don't have vegetable bullion. How much vegetable broth should I use?"
"this is likely one of the easiest, tastiest soup...definitely on my to make list again. I was surprised that it tasted as good as it did at first taste and didn't need to sit to gel the flavours."
"This was probably the best soup that I've ever made. I followed the recipe and added the hot sauce. I used an emulsion blender on the cooked vegetables before adding the cheese sauce. I also added a few croutons and fresh cracked pepper to each bowl......absolutely delicious."
"I have made this soup twice now. Love the flavours! I do find that it is a bit thin for a creamy soup. I tried pureeing some of the cauliflower and adding it back in, but I think next time I make it I will try reducing the amount of water used to cook the vegetables. Overall a yummy soup recipe!"
"I made this soup last week for the first time because I had leftover cauliflower that I needed to use up. It was so quick & easy to make so I wasn't expecting the taste to be so great. It was really good though. This will now be my go-to Cauliflower Soup."
"Delicious soup! I omitted the cheese."
"Fantastic soup - didn't use hot pepper but did add minced garlic and onion. Instead of bouillon cube just added chicken broth. Will definitely make again and again."
"I am a huge soup lover and this was really tasty!! I didn't use celery or hot pepper sauce but I added in garlic powder and chopped onions. Definitely will be making this again!"
"This is a great soup. A family favorite"
"I tried this recipe tonight and it is delicious! I didn't have celery, didn't use the hot pepper sauce, but added some cayenne pepper because I like that better, and used 4 cheese Mexican style cheese because that's what I had on hand. I used canned carrots (collective gasp)This will definitely be making repeat appearances in my house. My nephew even commented on how good it was. Thanks for sharing this one."
"I tried this recipe for the first time today. Have to say that there seemed to be toolittle seasoning involved so I used my go to combo of onion powder, white pepper and sea salt. I literally use these seasonings in every savory dish. Also added parsley and basil flakes. I didn't have shredded cheddar so I used six cheese Italian shredded cheese that I did have. This soup will move into my personal line up. The hubby is the soup king here but this one is mine. We both loved it."
"This soup was awesome!!! I left out the celery (had none in the house) and added chicken to get more protein. Very easy and quick for lunch also. This will be made again. :)"
"My Nephew thought he did not like Cauliflower....And then he had this soup. Its a winner in his book."
"This soup was amazing! I did use low sodium chicken broth in place of the water and bullion. This was so good served w/ some great sea salt and garlic pita crackers!"
"Loved it - quick, easy to make on a hectic holiday night! My husband, who is not a fan of cauliflower, even had seconds! Made it per recipe - no substitutions. Did not have hot sauce on hand, but will try splash in it next time! May try it with some smoked sausage next time, too, for a heartier meal."
"Very hearty, chunky soup. I made it as stated but used a cup of veggie stock and added a half onion. It came out very thick, had to add a little extra milk. It's a great and easy recipe but as others have said, bland. I added extra salt but still kind of lacked something and I didn't want to be pouring the salt in. Still great and I can't wait to make again with some herbs and with broccoli too. Thanks."
"Delicious, easy, and very filling!"
"Loved the taste. Leftovers went into freezer. I'm anxious to thaw and try again."
"Excellent soup My family loves it also......my sister tried it and also loves it and now makes it for her family too.Thanks Taste Of Home"
"Delicious! Added some onion and garlic powder (because I really like onion and garlic). Would have been great without."
"I made this and it was amazing I added alittle left over chicken I did double batch glad I did. YUM!"
"I made a half batch of this last night and it was great! I love a quick recipe that is still from-scratch!"
"I made this soup yesterday and it is wonderful. I had my daughter and her family try it as well. Everyone loved it. I didn't have any bouillon cubes so I used equal amount of vegetable broth and no water. I also took someone's advice and pureed just a little of the cauliflower mixture to thicken the soup. This is a well-balanced, tasty soup. Thanks for the great recipe."
"This soup is delious. Freezes well too."
"I'm not sure how thick the soup is supposed to be, but it does seem to be thin. I added red onion, kale and a pinch of cayenne pepper.I'm taking it to work for a lunch. Hope everyone that tries it, likes it."
"Good but a little bland, as is. I added sauteed onions and garlic, with a splash of Sherry and a pinch of nutmeg. Now excellent."
"I thought the flavor of this soup was very good. I will make again but next time I will cut the water by 1/2 cup, I thought soup was too thin."
"I had a nice sized cauli which I prepared, some skim milk, some heavy cream, but no other veggies, so instead of celery and carrots I added a can of mixed veggies, used 1 cup milk, and one of cream, plus 3/4 cup Kraft shredded Pepper Jack. It was a most delish soup and I will enjoy it often this winter! The pepper jack was a real winner."
"Love the texture of this soup. Its rich, thick and chunky . Most comforting. I did make a few changes and exchanges. I added garlic and onions. I also replaced some of the water for white wine and right before serving added a pinch of Nutmeg *JanieTaste of Home Volunteer FE"
"Tasty, but a bit bland. I think that I would add some onion to this recipe."
"EX!!!!!..U can also add Broccoli part way thru cooking..."
"I love it ,will try it again thanks for the awesome recipy"
"I made this for a Christmas Eve family dinner. It was a huge hit."
"This is wonderful!!! I did think it needed a little more flavor (I didn't add the pepper sauce), so I used 4 chicken bouillon cubes in the water. Perfect!!! I have made this twice, once with cauliflower and once with broccoli, and will make it again and again!!!"
"Fantastic. I didn't shred my carrots and I added a few extra. I got rave reviews at home."
"This was very good and very easy. I added frozen pea's I had on hand after tasting it and that made it even better. I also thought it needed more salt and would like to try it with garlic like others have said next time I make it. But over all very good my husband even liked it but he said could we add some bacon he's a meat person."
"Love it so rich and tasty and only 159 calories for 1 cup serving"
"Very good. I would like it a little thicker so I may mash the cauliflower some next time."
"So simple and soooo good!!"
"Delicious and so easy to make!"
"Working man husband is diabetic-- hard to fill up on a low carb diet- -but add in 1 or 2 lbs of browned pork sausage to this marvelous soup recipe and he's in heaven!"
"Fantastic Soup! I left my cauliflower in big chunks when it was simmering. Then once it was soft, before I added the b?chamel sauce, I gently used a potato masher. This ensured all the cauliflower chunks were in bite size pieces."
"It was very easy to make and tasted great. I will make it again, soon. I also made it substituting broccoli."
"Awesome soup...I added about half a bag of baby carrots, a jalapeno pepper, one sweet bell pepper, one onion, 3 stalks of celery, one carton of turkey broth, 5 cups of water, garlic clove, salt & pepper. Cooked until tender, ran veggies thru Vitamix and with the broth mixture I added 3T. of flour and 2cups milk to make my rue. Added the 1 cup of cheddar cheese, stirred and added my pureed veggies. WOW Oh WOW...this soup rocks. Very filling and healthy. According to my calorie count, each cup is about 55 calories...Eat More Soup.... :-)"
"Hubby and I love this soup. Next time we will add cooked bacon to it to give it also a meaty flavor. And my hubby generally does not like soup!"
"I highly recommend making this soup. I added minced garlic to it."
"Made the original recipe except swapped 1/8 tsp hot pepper flakes for sauce. Not sure how the soup got rated at 8 - 1 cup servings when there's only 4 1/2 cups liquid in the recipe ... Irregardless, the soup was delicious and it's on my "keeper" list."
"This was excellent. I thought it would be bland but it was full of flavor and my guest raved about it. I used frozen cauliflower, almond oil and basil olive oil because that is all I had on hand. I pureed the vegetables and served it as an entree. There was enough for four people, not eight but we were all satisfied. Everyone asked for the recipe."
"This is very simple and tasty. You wouldn't know it's a healthy soup by the indulgent taste. I made it with milk and it's still delicious."
"So good. Rich and flavorful. Easy to make."
"Fabulous recipe! Great use of cauliflower, tasty and hearty soup. I used a little less butter, more cauliflower and carrots than called for. I also used a can of condensed milk instead of fresh and hit it with the immersion blender. I will definitely make again!"
"Very flavorful. I doubled the celery, used low sodium chicken base, added extra 1/2 cup water and omitted salt. I've never had cauliflower soup, but this will go in my collection of soup favorites."
"I just made this soup and just like Moxier I tripled the celery and carrots and added 1/2 onion and some button mushrooms... it turned out awesome...its a great rue and soup starter for all cheesy milky soups... good recipe!"
"During yesterday's snowstorm I made this rich and creamy soup. I use milk and had to use a little extra as the soup was too thick. I also pureed the vegetables before adding the milk and cheese mixture. Serve with salad and fresh bread. My husband lived it. Good thing I doubled the recipe!"
"Absolutely wonderful and healthy. I used my "basket" from Co-op we picked up yesterday. I changed by using 3 X more celery and carrots, and half low salt chicken stock I had on hand. To thicken, I used King Arthur Instant Clear Jel rather than flour and dropped the butter in pot. The pepper flakes enhanced the flavors.Thank you Debbie"
"I don't normally post reviews, but WOW! I did take what I thought was the best advice from the other reviewers, but must give 5 stars for the original recipe for getting me started. I doubled the carrots and celery, and used 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth. I also gave the cauliflower mixture a few shots with the immersion blender. After doing so, I added about 8 oz. of chopped cooked ham. I used red pepper flakes instead of hot sauce. I also cut down on the salt -- probably a bit less than 1/2 tsp. The final result was incredible. Kudos to the OP!"
"My very favorite soup! So good!"
"Amazing! Perfect comfort food and finally a soup without onion and garlic! (I am currently 6 months pregnant and have had an aversion to onions and garlic my entire pregnancy-trying to find canned soup or a homemade soup recipe without these ingredients is like searching for the Holy Grail.) I made a couple of modifications-I used my immersion blender to puree some of the soup to make it thicker and add a silkier texture. I also used crushed red pepper flakes to add some spice because franks hot sauce contains garlic powder. :)"
"Fantastic recipe! My family loved it."
"This soup is excellent! Everyone loved it, I also added some chopped onion because I had some handy from making another soup"
"Very, very good! I added chopped onions. Next time I will make a little thicker, will add more flour. Flavor is awesome!"
"This was absolutely delicious. The only changes I made were to use 1% milk because that's all I had in the house, and to add a little chopped ham we had leftover from Christmas. Thick, creamy and SO quick, the whole thing took 30 minutes from prep to bowl. This is a keeper."
"Making this again, tonight. I have a head of fresh cauliflower ready and waiting, and a few carrots. I swap the celery for a white onion, add a bit of cream to the milk, and hit it with the immersion blender a few times to make it almost-smooth... Add a grilled cheese sandwich and a little salad and I am one happy, happy girl."
"We loved this soup...served it to a friend and he thought it was excellent. Turned out he hated cauliflower and hadn't eaten any since he was a kid. This soup changed his mind!"
"This is sooo good And it's wonderful for the cold nights when you are tired and you are also vegetarian. I add a corn muffin and voila!"
"This was really good! I added ground sausage and some onion. Will definitely be making again."
"It tastes really good. You must like the combinations."
"Diced a small onion and sweated it along with carrots (diced) and celery in 1 tbsp margerine for about 5 minutes.Followed remainder of recipe and turned out absolutely delicious."
"What happened to the BACON???? LOL!!!"
"I have made this at least once a week for the last month. I will tell you how I changed it just a bit and it is AMAZING!!!! I always use low sodium chicken broth. I add some broccoli and zucchini. And At the end, I always pur?e at least 2 to 3 cups and it is simply the best soup. I also double the recipe because in my household it disappears quickly!!!!! Oh and I always use reduced fat Mexican mixed cheese, like Sargento. Bon Appetite!!!!"
"Awesome! I used Velveeta cheese cause that's what I had. Hubby advised Make it again. Enough for 2 & enough left to reheat again. Can increase carrot or celery but use extra bouillon & water if you do."
"Excellent! I knew with so many good reviews it had to be good & wow! Made as written without ingredient changes, but pur?ed about 1-1/2 cups mixture & mixed back in to add texture as another reviewer noted. Will definitely make again! Easy & wonderful!"
"Wonderful recipe. I like a chunkier soup so I doubled the veggies and steamed instead of boiled them and then added them when I combined the cheese sauce to the water. I also blended about 1/2 a head of cauliflower to make a creamier base. Had it with a side of soft boiled eggs for some protein and it was a wonderful dinner."
"Wonderful recipe. So delicious. I added garlic, onion and brussel sprouts to add some green to the soup. Next time I will also add chicken. This was an easy recipe and perfect for Fal season."
"THANK YOU I am a newly diagnosed diabetic Finally I found something I like with low carbs. I made it with almond milk b/c my doctor wants me to switch from "real milk" to this stuff and it was still really good. I am actually eating it right now for breakfast!"
"OMG!! What a delicious soup! Only made 2 adjustments. Used sodium-free chicken stock instead of water and bouillon. Also used a combo of american & asiago cheese a little more than a cup. Next time gonna use broccoli."
"This was a really good soup. Its hard not to double the recipe. I omitted the red pepper sauce."
"The BEST soup I've ever made! It thicken up after it set awhile, so next time I'll add more milk or water. I added 2 cloves of garlic, chopped, and 1/2 tsp Tumeric (which I put in everything since it's so good for you) and chopped up 1/2 Red Pepper to add a little color. I LOVE THIS SOUP!"
"Delicious! I prefer to use 2C chicken stock with half a cup of water to eliminate the MSG from the bouillon."
"I made this on a Sunday morning for lunch later on. It smelled so good my 12 yr old son had some for breakfast!!!! Its a huge hit and I love how he is getting several servings of vegies and calcium. The only thing I changed was I pureed about a cup of the cauliflower mixture before I added the milk cheese mixture. It was awesome!!!! Plus I love the fact that the recipe came from Chilliwack. My relatives all come from BC and I have spent many beautiful cool fall nights at Cultus Lake. This soup is perfect for fall. Thanks Debbie!"
"Great soup! It was very thick, and although I didn't mind it, others commented so I added some more milk to thin it out."
"EXCELLENT soup! Everyone in the family loved the soup - even my 3 year old who hates eating her vegetables. I added quite a bit more of each of the vegetables and doubled the rest of the recipe. Definitely worth a try."
"Great! Super easy and quick. I added additional chopped celery and carrots. Along with the chicken bouillon, I used some boxed chicken broth in place of some of the water. In equal amounts, I increased all the ingredients to compensate for the added vegetables. YUM!!"
"Easy & delicious. I've made it with cauliflower as the main ingredient, and also combined cauliflower with broccoli. Very good each time. Goes great with any sort of sandwich."
"This was very good soup. I used all boxed chicken broth in place of the water & no chicken bouillon cube. I added 1/2 diced onion, broccoli chopped pieces, 2 diced Yukon gold potatoes, & 2 garlic cloves. I also used half & half in place of the milk. I was trying to copy a restaurant's recipe. This was very close & the soup went quickly."
"Very simple and quick to make! I omit the salt, and use 1/2 mild cheddar and 1/2 sharp cheddar cheese. So tasty!"
"I have made this soup several times. We love it! I have also substituted broccoli for the cauliflower. We belong to a co-op and sometimes we get cauliflower,sometimes broccoli. Both are yummy in this soup."
"I love this soup. It is so quick and easy and is always a hit. I serve it whenever I have to whip up something healthy in a hurry. Have added corn on occasion as well. Yum. I usually do biscuits or scones to go with this soup and rarely is there leftovers. I've added this recipe to my huge list of favourite soups."
"loved this!! Easy to make, I left out the hot sauce, maybe next time i will try it with it but i really liked it with out so not sure"
"My goal this winter is to try one new soup recipe each week. This one was very easy, tasty, and healthy. This soup is low enough in carbs to be very good for anyone who is diabetic or counting carbs. This is a quick meal; while the vegetables are cooking I made the white sauce. I used a vegetable base rather than bouillon to cut out the MSG found in most bouillons. I used 1/2 tsp. of hot sauce; if you like a little spicier taste, add the entire teaspoon. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!!"
"Easy to make, creamy & oh so good!!! The only thing I added was a bit of onion. Great on a cold winter day!"
"Made this for dinner tonight. It was awesome. I added the hot sauce while cooking and a couple of dashes to my bowl. The recipe worked perfectly, is was quick and easy. This is a keeper."
"So it I decide to use chicken broth instead I don't use any water right?"
"Made this tonight and it was a BIG hit the whole family gave it 5 stars! My daughter said this recipe is a keeper!"
"This soup is really good! Had to thicken it just a bit but it may have been that I added too much water. I chose not to use the hot sauce and it was great on this very cold night. This is a keeper!"
"great soup used chicken stock and some vegetable stock instead of water. also used half and half for the milk with flour makes thicker. thanks for recipe"
"What can you substitute for the bouillon cubes? Too much sodium for me. Could I use chicken or vegetable broth? this sounds so good."
"This is really good. I usually make a potato soup similar, but my husband has type 2 diabetes, this is a great alternative! Actually I think we like it better. I wouldn't change a thing. I serve it with crispy bacon and cheese on top."
"Comfort food without guilt! I made one substitution: no cheddar cheese in the fridge, so I used asiago cheese. Wow! A little more upscale taste nuance, probably a better cheese to use when serving this soup to adult guests than for the children maybe. I can image adding maybe a dash of nutmeg to this recipe...."
"Very pleased with this soup. I did "doctor" it up a bit. Added more cheese, dried onion, and some poultry seasoning. Will be making this again."
"My son's favorite soup. Try with an orange cauliflower from farmers market, it's outstanding."
"This was awesome!!! Followed recipe to almost exactly, except added more flour at the end mixed with 1/2 cup milk to thicken a bit more. My husband who has never eaten cauliflower thought it was great as well. Thanks for a great fast recipe."
"I was really impressed with this recipe. It is very flavorful. I followed the recipe exactly except used sriracha sauce because I did not have other hot sauce and I used 1% milk instead of 2%. Pleased with how it turned out and would make it again."
"The girls all asked for seconds. Great way to get the veges in. The base of the soup was great. We sauted all the vegetables and added onion, a yellow pepper, doubled the celery, parsley, seasoning salt. The girls recommended blending half and leaving half chucky. Would definetly make again."
"This is a favorite of ours. I do add a chopped onion, just because we like it, and if I'm in a rush, I just chop the carrot."
"Easy to make, very filling and VERY good. The place to indicate the # of stars wasn't available, but I would give it 5 stars."
"I used fat free chicken broth, fat free cheddar cheese and fat free milk, it was still fantastic!!!!"
"This is literally the best soup recipe I've ever made. I keep making it, freezing it, remaking it... I'm a big fan of onions so I choose to caramelize some onions in the main pan to add a little more of a flavor layer, but it's great with or without it. MAKE THIS SOUP!"
"I've just recently begun to cook, and even the simplest things seem overwhelming for me. This soup, however, was as simple as can be, and turned out to be delicious! I made it for my family, and got some compliments (even the four-year-old ate it)!"
"It was wonderful."
"My husband is not a fan of cauliflower but this recipe got a thumbs up from him. For a little added protein, I am going to add chicken. He wants a touch of cayenne. I plan to do both. Loved this soup!"
"Both my husband and I loved this recipe. I did add Smoked Paprika and a little more chicken broth. Also, I used goats milk and part skim part skim Mozzarella cheese as thats what I had on hand."
"Made this recipe for the first time tonight, turned out great, I did use chicken broth instead of bullion and water and blended the veggies up before adding the cheese sauce. My picky 1 and 3 year olds devoured it, will be making it again."
"My husband and I really liked this soup. I added onion and I also thickened it with extra flour/water mixture at the end of cooking. I didn't measure my cheese but I'm sure I went a little heavy on that too. We added the hot sauce to our bowls and we liked it very much. This recipe is a keeper!"
"One of the best soups I've ever made! I added some fresh dill..delicious! Even my son (who is not a soup lover) loved this soup!!!!!"
"I've probably made this recipe a dozen times since I first found it. It gets raves from everyone I've served it to, and I find it velvety and absolutely wonderful. Thanks for posting, Debbie!"
"I had a head of cauliflower in my frig that I needed to use up so I decided to look online to see if I could find a good recipe. So glad I did. Actually had all of the ingredients for this soup and it is delicious! The only complaint I had was it could have been a little thicker but that can be easily solved. Loved the flavor so that's the most important thing."
"This soup is delicious!! I keep cracked black pepper on the table with this recipe."
"Delicious, quick and easy. I would definitely make again."
"I sauteed a little bit of onions in the butter and used light cheese and skim milk, omitted the salt and thought it was still great!"
"I wanted very much to like this soup, but it is just too bland for my taste. Even with adding more cheese and hot sauce, it is bland. I think it definitely needs onion along with the carrots and celery."
"I live where you can buy cauliflower from the farmer, huge head for $2. Enough for batch and a half. So this is so inexpensive to make and SO delicious. I didn't have any celery so I chopped up a few cabbage leaves. Will definately make it again."
"This was superb. I did saute all the ingredients (plus a clove of garlic) first in a little olive oil before adding the broth/water. Made it even more flavorful...."
"This recipe is really yummy. I substituted water chestnuts for the celery and it adds a nice crunch to the soup. I definitely added the hot sauce and I thought it would have tasted bland without it. Also, nice to have a cream soup without cream! Rather healthy."
"This soup is so good! It's really quick and easy to make...great for a busy mom. I added closer to a cup and a half of cheese, just to finish out the bag (plus I love cheese) and the flavor was really nice. Great soup to beat the winter blues :)"
"So good....my family really enjoyed it. Served it with bread. Didn't change anything from the original recipe and omitted the hot sauce."
"This soup is a winner ..wonderful and filling soup on a cold day;... replaced the water with Swanson's chicken broth and used half n half... really satisfying..this is a quick and delicious soup."
"This was delicious! I made it just as the recipe said and I did put in a tiny amount of hot pepper sauce. We loved it"
"Very good comfort food."
"There were no leftovers. Everyone had seconds, and it was delicious."
"This was wonderful. I used fat free milk and fat free cheese for a healthy version and it was great. The taste was great."
"This has become my absolute favorite soup!"