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Cauliflower Soup

Every other cauliflower soup recipe I tried lacked flavor, but this cheesy recipe packs a tasty punch! We like it with hot pepper sauce for a little extra kick. —Debbie Ohlhausen, Chilliwack, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon 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


  • 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).
  • 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, adding hot pepper sauce if desired. Stir into the cauliflower mixture.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Feel free to use 2-1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth instead of water and bouillon.
  • Make this gluten-free by using cornstarch as a thickener. Omit the flour and butter, and make a slurry by whisking 2 tablespoons cornstarch into the milk before adding it to the saucepan.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 159 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


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    • rebelwithoutaclue
      Oct 13, 2020

      Make this 4-5 times a year. I do add chopped onion. 1/4 cup of chopped celery? What do I do with the rest of the celery stalk. lol I think adding one celery stalk to the soup will be just fine, maybe even more.

    • Susan
      Oct 3, 2020

      Absolutely deeeelicious! And super easy!

    • cindyames
      Sep 29, 2020

      I use broth instead of water and double recioe so I can freeze for later, so good!

    • Smvm
      Sep 17, 2020

      This is so good! It is always requested in our house. The only changes-- I use broth instead of water, add 1/4 cup chopped onion to the carrot mixture, and cayenne instead of hot sauce. Yum!

    • affletch
      Sep 17, 2020

      My husband, who doesn't like cauliflower, loved this recipe. It is delicious!

    • Linda
      Sep 15, 2020

      It was very good only thing is it got real thick what did i do wrong

    • ninny54
      Sep 15, 2020

      9/14/2020...I'm just reading the email for this recipe. Sounds great but can someone please tell about the cheese? Mentioned in the instructions but not ingredients. Thanks!

    • bear.
      Sep 15, 2020

      Good recipe. You need to add onion to your ingredient list and sauté the vegetables in butter first and then follow the rest of your recipe as written. Also just a pinch of nutmeg will really enhance the flavour.

    • phylleri
      Sep 7, 2020

      I have made this a number of times and love it. Because I have only myself to feed, I cook the vegetables as shown but put half of it in the freezer for another day. I make half of the milk, etc. mixture each batch. Simple and satisfying.

    • Elnita
      Sep 4, 2020

      Made it and he lovedit.This is a very good soup.