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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

This mildly cheesy cauliflower soup is a favorite of mine. I make it often in summer, although it's good anytime. —Karen Brown, West Lafayette, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (tops only)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2-1/4 cups frozen cauliflower, thawed and chopped
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry, optional
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives


  • In a saucepan, saute onions in butter until tender. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat.
  • Add cauliflower; simmer for 2 minutes. Add the milk and cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in sherry if desired. Garnish with chives.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 186 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 792mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Corey
    Feb 14, 2021

    Added leeks, used the whole green onions, used a bit more butter and flour, and went with 2 cups of cheese and it was fantastic. Making a double batch next time because it went FAST.

  • Bobus
    Jan 22, 2021

    I made this last night, the flavor was good but made several changes to recipe. Added 2 whole green onions plus 1/2 cup chopped onion; 2 cups of cheese plus 1/3 cup Velveeta. I also had to add additional thickening and simmered for 1 hour. Will make again.

  • P vinod
    Mar 29, 2018

    lovely recipe-love soups-will try to get it donevat home or will try to get it in a big restaurant.

  • rebeccadrake
    Mar 25, 2018

    I added 2 chopped leeks to mine and it was scrumptius!! It is now on my regular rotation!

  • stamper600
    Oct 31, 2017

    It has turned cold here in the midwest; soup weather.My husband's favorite veggie is cauliflower. We had this soup one night for supper it was absolutely delicious. It was easy to prepare. The only change I made was I didn't have cheddar cheese, but I did have parmesan cheese and used that. It was delicious.

  • FSJ
    Jan 2, 2017

    Great soup with a couple changes from other reviews! Added potatoes, shredded carotts and regular cheddar. Used fresh cauliflower, cooked it with the potatoes first.

  • Alan
    Dec 29, 2016

    I gave this recipe 5 stars but only because I was inspired by it to go heavy cream and Sargento shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, along with my favorite Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, Sea Salt and White Pepper. This all came about because I had a couple of bundles of green onions from Christmas, along with 3 cups heavy cream. Seeing the potential for a decadent "fat" version of this soup, I tried it out. Definitely a keeper! Thank you for your inspiration to try this soup my way! Happy New Year to you all!

  • Orbs
    Jan 9, 2015

    Delicious! Thanks Karen for sharing the recipe. I added some shredded carrot and a diced potato. I served it with Hawaiian Rolls.

  • auntgeegee
    Jan 4, 2015

    If you use low fat or fake cheese spray with veg. Oil spray or olive oil in your own mister. Every second of spray is 7 cal. But helps melt even fake cheese. Add a little crumbled crunchy bacon and try a little sharp or extra sharp cheddar. I wouldn't have 1% in my house. Our local dairy Braums has 2% that tastes better than whole milk from Walmart. Really good soup.

  • rwrench
    Jan 2, 2015

    I made this without cheese and used lactose free milk. I had to substitute vegetable broth because I was out of chicken broth and used a package of broccoli and cauliflower since that is what the store had. Overall, very good! I would definitely make this again.