Cauliflower Cheese Soup


April 13, 2011 by Dana

I need to start off this post by apologizing.

I’m sorry.

You see, I made this soup the very same day that Biz posted the recipe.  I remember because I  happened to have everything on hand except the cauliflower.  So on my way home from work, I stopped at the store and picked up a head of the stuff.

I wasted no time in trying it out for myself.  Because Biz said it was good.  Because it looked easy.  And because I’m impatient.

And I was happy I did.  Because it was good.  And it was easy.   And I’ve long accepted that I’m impatient.

Anyway, that was back in January (that I made the soup, not that I accepted that I’m impatient.)  And now, here we are, half way through April, and I still haven’t shared it with you.

Shame on me for keeping this recipe all to myself.  Especially when I know that as soon as I post it, you’re going to run out and make it.  Because I said it was good.  Because it looks easy.  And because you’re impatient.

We have so much in common.

So go on.  Run to the grocery store.  Pick up that cauliflower.  It’s your turn to try this Cauliflower Cheese Soup.


1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
4 cups chopped cauliflower (about 1 large head)
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 cups skim milk, divided
1 tsp. lemon zest
4 ounces part skim mozzarella
salt and pepper to taste

You can really use any shredded/grated cheese that you want for this.  Biz used cheddar.  I used mozzarella. I bet a Mexican blend would be nice.  Or an Italian blend.  Or Swiss. The world’s your oyster.


1.  Heat olive oil in large stock pot.  Add garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes.

2.  Add cauliflower, 2 cups of the milk, chicken broth, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring often.

3.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is soft, about 15 minutes.

4.  Mix the remaining 1/2 cup of milk with

the flour in a small bowl.  Add to soup and simmer for a few more minutes.

5.  Using an immersion blender, puree the soup.  (If you don’t have an immersion blender, VERY CAREFULLY transfer the soup to a blender and blend in batches.) Remove the soup from heat, add the cheese and lemon zest.   Let sit 10 minutes until the cheese melts.  Serve immediately.

You don’t actually have to serve this immediately.  I didn’t.  I brought it for lunches throughout the week.  Just know that if you plan to refrigerate and reheat it, you might want to add a little more broth than the recipe calls for, because it will get thicker.  Which isn’t a bad thing.  Because it almost tastes like a big bowl of mashed potatoes that way.  It’s your choice.

17 thoughts on “Cauliflower Cheese Soup

  1. biz319 says:

    That looks delicious Dana!! Glad you liked it :D

  2. Yum that sounds awesome. We love cauliflower. We are pretty particular about what we eat so I may try this with gluten free flour, almond cheese, and almond milk.

  3. Nicole says:

    This looks just like the soup they had at the Union in Potsdam! I cannot wait to try it.

  4. That looks like a very consistent soup! Not my favorite veggie but hey with cheese it must be good.

  5. Kankana says:

    I would love that with some spicy potato wedges :)

  6. Reeni says:

    Cauliflower cheese soup is one of my favorites! This is so thick and creamy – love it!

  7. I just found your blog through a comment you left on Biz’s blog.

    Love all your recipes and your writing style!

    How fun to be in a cooking contest. I think it would make me a nervous wreck!

  8. Monet says:

    Smile. This looks and sounds great. I’m such a cauliflower girl. We buy one every week! What a great dish from one of my favorite bloggers. You always inspire me with your healthy AND tasty meals. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Stay safe and happy. Love from Austin.

  9. Kristen says:

    What a delightful soup! My whole family loves cauliflower, so this would be gobbled up in no time.

  10. Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing! I know you love soup so I’m sure this is excellent if you’re sharing it :) I do love cauliflower (and cheese!)

  11. Joanne says:

    Hmmm how do you know exactly how my mind works? It’s eery. :P

    The soup looks absolutely delicious! I love that it’s cheesy without being super heavy!

  12. Danelle says:

    Well, since it snowed here yesterday, soup is not out of the question.

  13. Yum yum yum! This looks wonderful

  14. nutmegnanny says:

    I love how thick and creamy this soup looks! I would love a big bowl right now :)

  15. Megan says:

    I LOVE cauliflower. I’ve never thought to turn it into a soup. This looks delicious!!

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