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 shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
- 1. In a Dutch oven, 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 a 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).
Test Kitchen Tips
1 cup: 159 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
Reviews for Cauliflower Soup
"I love cauliflower soup and this will definitely be in my rotation. The second time I made it the only cheese I had on hand was a decent pepper jack so that's what I used, and it was even better!"
"Very good soup. Takes longer than 30 minutes - unless you already have the vegetables prepared. I used one 14 oz. can of reduced-sodium chicken broth vs. bouillon and ended up including 1 3/4 cups water with the broth (with only the broth plus 3/4 cup water, there wasn't enough liquid for the vegetables to cook in). I added 1 tsp. dried parsley, 1/4 tsp. onion powder and 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, but did not include the hot sauce. The head of cauliflower was about 1 1/2 lb. and about 6 cups of florets. The finished soup was just a little over 8 cups. Served with corn muffins, yummy!"
"I'm giving this 5-stars for taste! In my own recipe book, it's a 4-star recipe because I reserve 5 stars for recipes that I would serve to company and it's not quite fancy enough for that. But when it's a cold and rainy night, and you're home alone with your husband staying in, and you have a loaf of french bread that needs to be eaten, this is the perfect meal. I just used a spicy salt and pepper blend instead of hot sauce. We loved it."
"So easy to make and everyone loved it!"
"Excellent and easy to make."
"This was wonderful and easy to make. I added an onion and used sharp cheddar. Will make a little thicker next time as well."
"I changed it up a little. Added a jalapeno, substituted a half teaspoon xanthium gum for the flour and unflavored almond milk for the milk. Sooo good."
"Very easy to make and filling! Used sharp cheese and turned out delicious!"
"Amazing soup! All 4 kids loved it also. Followed recipe exact. Used sharp cheese and thickened it a little at the end! Will make again!"
"LOVED IT! I don't normally like cheese in my soup, but the cheese compliments this soup perfectly, and I loved the addition of the celery. I added two small onions. Next time I will saute the vegetables in the butter first, then make the roux. I used 4 T butter and flour and only 2 cups bouillon (low-sodium)."
"Made this soup and it is delicious."
"I made this and it is delicious. I didn't have cheddar but I had marble which is close enough. I also added onion to celery and carrots while cooking. Will make this recipe again."
"I made this soup and thought it was delicious! Added broccoli for a bit more color. Will save this recipe to enjoy again!"
"Just made this with pepper jack cheese and it was awesome. Will be making this again."
"This was excellent I used broccoli instead of cauliflower and used evaporated milk added onion, parsley and basil, I did mash the broccoli so it wasn't big chunks, not mashing it to bits but just to break up some. Will be making this again wonderful. For those that said it was too thin I didn't think so at all"
"Without a doubt one of the best soups I've made! I followed the directions and added a little extra cheese. Came out very good and didn't last long either!"
"I first made this a week ago without bouillon, which I didn't have. I chose this recipe after reading several others because of the nutritional values. Then I read a review about substituting chicken broth for the bouillon and water. I have type 2 diabetes sooo...low sodium chicken broth, low fat cheddar and milk, and it's a solid 5 star from ingredients that are usually in my kitchen. Thanks for posting, Debbie!Added after trying this a few times: Great base with almost endless possibilities! I've also done this as potato soup and chicken soup and still experimenting."
"Really tasty! Used celery salt instead of fresh celery (reduced reg salt some to accommodate). Added some onion powder, garlic powder, and 4 oz Velveeta."
"Very skeptical of veggie soups but WOW! Very delicious and full of flavor. I just diced the carrots and added a 1/4 cup diced onions too. Will be making again!!"
"Excellent soup, I highly recommend trying it."
"easy recipe, with most ingredients already in the kitchen. Very good. Kids loved it, my toddler included! Suggest pairing it with salad and home made bread sticks for a meal OR a sandwich! Yum! Also, one more suggestion.... the recipe says to put it in a bowl, but I'd put it in a pan and bring it to a boil ;)"
"I used ham pieces in broth that I simmered from leftover baked ham bone, instead of a chicken base because I had it on hand. We like cauliflower and ham so I thought it would be good. It was."
"Very good basic recipe! I added some broccoli and a handful of green peas for color. Add or subtract - it's all good."
"Does anyone proofread these recipes? Direction 1 says to put ing. in a bowl then bring to a boil..."
"Good stuff, even people who are afraid to eat cauliflower will like this, if they have guts."
"easy and yummy. My son and I really liked it, but it didn't win over my husband who doesn't care for cauliflower most of the time."
"Outstanding!!! Look no further... this is the only cauliflower soup recipe you will ever need."
"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."
"Delicious soup! I added 1 medium onion diced. I also saut?ed the onion, celery, carrots and cauliflower in 1 Tbsp butter for a few minutes before adding water and bouillon."
"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."
"My Nephew thought he did not like Cauliflower....And then he had this soup. Its a winner in his book."
"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 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"
"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!"
"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.... :-)"
"I highly recommend making this soup. I added minced garlic to it."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Very, very good! I added chopped onions. Next time I will make a little thicker, will add more flour. Flavor is awesome!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"This was a really good soup. Its hard not to double the recipe. I omitted the red pepper sauce."
"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."
"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 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!"
"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!"
"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."
"I used fat free chicken broth, fat free cheddar cheese and fat free milk, it was still fantastic!!!!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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...."
"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 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!"