Cauliflower Soup

This Cauliflower Soup is so creamy and filled with vegetables to warm you on a chilly night. Add a little hot sauce for some extra kick.

Cauliflower Soup - creamy soup filled with vegetables to warm you on a chilly night. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comWe just saw the Cirque Du Soleil show Amaluna. If you’re not familiar with the show it’s a mixture of circus arts and street entertainment. It’s a-maz-ing. I mean I watched a girl balance her entire body on a pole with one hand and touch her coccyx to the back of her head. Who does that? I left the show in awe of the capacity of the human body and wanting to hit the weights hard. Fo’ real.

Maybe I was destined to be a Gumby-like performer but just didn’t hone my natural ability as well as I should have. You see my mom always told me that when I was born I came out in the splits. The doctor was so worried about how flexible my legs were that he had extra testing done to make sure I was okay. 

She’s a perfect 10, ” he said after reviewing the results.

That’s why my mom always calls me her “Perfect 10” along with the fact that I am the tenth child in my family (yes, I said ten). You know how you hear all those stories growing up and you realize you probably need to check with your mom to see if they are true or if she was just pulling my leg? Yeah. Definitely checking on the splits part of that story. The rest is true…I think.

 Cauliflower Soup - creamy soup filled with vegetables to warm you on a chilly night. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comSpeaking of families, I feel like cauliflower has always been the neglected middle child of the cabbage family. Broccoli, although not necessarily a looker, has always been my favorite. In fact, I would be dare enough to say that I would almost take any vegetable over steamed cauliflower. So for me to make this soup was a big leap of faith. Guess what? It tastes like super creamy broccoli soup without the green bits. My family devoured it and my son even asked to have it in his lunch for school the next day. Cauliflower Soup - creamy soup filled with vegetables to warm you on a chilly night. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI added a little Tabasco but if you like even more kick, have at it.

Cauliflower Soup
 
Serves: 8 servings; 2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 5-6 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon cube (this was 2 Knorr cubes for me)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, combine the cauliflower, carrot, celery, onion, water and bouillon. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat; Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender (do not drain). The liquid will barely cover the veggies.
  2. In another large saucepan, melt the butter for the roux. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Whisk the milk in slowly. Bring to a boil over medium heat; Cook and stir the mixture 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 until combined.
  3. Puree about 2½ cups of the soup in the blender and pour back into the soup. This makes the soup extra creamy.
Notes
If using vegetable bouillon only use 1 teaspoon.

The soup stores well and should be reheated over medium-low heat.

Source: slightly adapted from Taste of Home.

 


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  1. I’m having an ice day here and this will warm my cold bones and besides it just plan looks yummy.

  2. I had no idea there were TEN in your family. Wowza!! This soup is fantastic, I love everything about it 🙂 PINNED!!

  3. Sounds good – thank you. Have a great week.

  4. My grandma had 10 kids, and now she has over 50 grand-kids! I am proudly number 2 out of 50 something grand-kids and family gatherings are always fun. 🙂

  5. I think I prefer cauliflower over broccoli actually. But not when it comes to soup–you add enough cheese to either of them and they are both amazing 🙂 Looks delicious Christy!

  6. Hot sauce and creamy soup? I’m sold. That looks awesome! 🙂

  7. So good… thank you. Love this post!
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  8. Any reason not to use Chicken stock or broth instead of the bouillon? I just don’t have bouillon cubes in my house, but have a lot of stock.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Marissa,
      Chicken stock to me isn’t quite as strong of a flavor but I interchange the two all of the time. I will add that because I don’t always have bouillon either.

  9. I just got an immersion blender as a wedding gift and I can’t wait to try it for the first time. This recipe gives me an itch to get started! Pinned!

  10. I would love this soup!

  11. I saw a Cirque show once and had the same feeling that I needed to stretch and get into better shape. Ha!

    The soup looks so comforting!

  12. Since it’s going to be brutally cold this weekend, soup has got to be on the lineup. This one looks just about perfect…thank you!

  13. Hi, I found your site on Bloglovin. I like the fact that you love to share food, recipes and enjoy yourself. I’m new to blogging and wanted to really find people with a similar outlook to mine!
    Sammie

  14. This soup looks devine! We love all your pictures and recipes and would love to have you share your pictures with us at foodieportal.com.

  15. Made this tonight! I’d chopped everything up yesterday since I knew today would be busy and because of that, it came together in a snap. Super easy and really good! I was surprised how much it tasted like broccoli cheese soup! I LOVED it. My kids liked it fine except for the one who usually loves everything…but we fixed that by letting him crumble some bacon over the top. 😉 Thanks for the recipe!

  16. This recipe is amazing!! I have made it a few times now.. so simple and flavorful and very filling.

  17. Just finished eating a big bowl and it’s fabulous. Just used my potatoe masher and used pepper jack cheese. I want more, but I am too full!

  18. I made this the other day. It is SO good.

  19. just made this soup today. Excellent flavour.

  20. I am so excited about this recipe and although it’s the middle of summer I can’t wait to try it. I’very been looking for something similar to Panera’s broccoli and cheese soup so that I could add cauliflower to it. This is perfect! Now I can just add a cup or so of broccoli to your recipe. Thanks so much!

  21. Great recipe!

  22. This is so delicious! The whole family, including one-and three-year-old, loved it. Making it again for the third time!

  23. I have made this soup many times! It’s wonderful. I add broccoli, garlic, and more of the other vegetables because we love veggies! Thanks! I love the name of your website, too 🙂

  24. Just made this soup for a church group gathering, I think it’ll be a hit!! Thanks for the recipe!
    Side note: I come from a family of 9 kids, so fun, right?!