Sometimes the simple recipes are the best ones like this cauliflower soup.
In about 20 minutes start to finish, this rich and creamy soup is ready to serve (without heavy cream)!
A Quick Meal
We love any recipe that is a cinch to make, healthy, and super versatile for add-ins and garnishes!
- 20 minutes start to finish is a great meal
- use prechopped/washed cauliflower to make it even faster
- this soup is rich and creamy without the addition of heavy cream
- it’s flavorful but also has room for variations and additions
Ingredients and Variations
DAIRY In this recipe we replace heavy whipping cream with cream cheese for a great creamy soup with less fat and calories. Shredded cheddar (use a great sharp cheddar) to really punches up the flavor.
VEGETABLES The cauliflower in this recipe is equivalent to one small head, or ½ of a large head. Frozen cauliflower can be too. Onion, garlic, and celery add flavor.
POTATO Potato adds a bit of starch without the need for a roux or flour to create a thick creamy texture.
BROTH Use a carton or make your own homemade chicken stock. For a purely vegetarian soup, switch out the chicken broth for vegetarian broth (I prefer the flavor of chicken broth).
How to Make Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower soup is super easy to make, and ready in no time!
- Soften celery, onion, & garlic in butter. Add potatoes & broth and simmer.
- Add cauliflower, cook until tender. Remove one cup of veggies.
- Add cream cheese to soup, blend with immersion blender until smooth.
- Simmer soup, return vegetables to pot. Add half the cheddar cheese.
- Season with salt & pepper, garnish with remaining cheese.
PRO TIP: Cream cheese blends faster when left at room temperature for 30 minutes before use. No immersion blender? No problem! Pour soup into a blender, or use an electric mixer.
GARNISH TIP: Slice leeks horizontally in thin circles. Roast leeks or pan fry them and add them as an elegant garnish to the soup. Top with homemade croutons.
In the Instant Pot
- Set pot to sauté, soften celery, onion, & garlic in butter. Add potatoes, cauliflower, & broth.
- Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Quick-release pressure, remove one cup of vegetables.
- Add cream cheese & cheddar, blend with immersion blender until smooth.
- Return vegetables to Instant Pot, cook on high another 4 minutes. Quick-release, pressure, add salt & pepper.
- Garnish with remaining cheese or sliced roasted leeks as described above.
What to Serve with Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower soup tastes great alongside a crunchy kale Caesar salad. Or try it with the best coleslaw ever. For dipping make some tasty cheesy garlic breadsticks or these super easy 30 minute dinner rolls.
- Leftover cauliflower soup will last about 4 days in the refrigerator in a covered container. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
- Freeze it in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and it will last up to 3 months.
Other Tasty Cauliflower Recipes
- Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots – perfect for game day
- Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower – savory and delish
- Cream of Cauliflower Soup – rich and creamy
- Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese – cheesy casserole
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust – low carb & healthy
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 ribs celery diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 large baking potato peeled and diced (or 2 small potatoes)
- 4 cups cauliflower fresh
- 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded, divided
- salt & pepper to taste
Cook butter, celery, onion, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until softened.
Add vegetable broth and potatoes, bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 8 minutes. Add cauliflower and cook 5-6 minutes or until tender.
Remove 1 cup of vegetables and slightly chop. Set aside.
Add cream cheese to the soup and using a hand blender, blend in the pot until smooth. Simmer 2 minutes. Stir in chopped vegetables and ½ of the cheddar cheese. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Garnish with remaining cheese.
Frozen cauliflower will work in this recipe.