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Cauliflower Souprecipe is so creamyand filledwith vegetables to warm you on a chilly night. This homemade soup is a stovetop cheesy soup that is so comforting made with basic ingredients. Add a little hot sauce for some extra kick. This is low-carb and healthy. A great recipe for a weeknight dinner.

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We just sawthe Cirque Du Soleilshow Amaluna.If you’re not familiar with theshow 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 ona pole with one hand and touch her coccyx to the back of her head.

Who does that?I left the show inawe of the capacity of the human body and wanting to hit theweights 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 thefact thatI 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.

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Speaking 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 creamy cauliflower 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. My new favorite way to eat cauliflower is in this soup with a silky texture.

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I added a little Tabasco but if you like even more kick, have at it.


To make this cauliflower soup recipe, first simmer all the veggies until tender. Make a roux with butter, flour, and milk and slowly whisk into the veggie mixture. Stir in the cheese.

  1. In a large pot, combine the cauliflower, carrot, celery, onion, and chicken broth. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat; Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender

  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.

  3. Puree about 2 1/2 cups of the soup in the blender and pour back into the soup. This makes the soup extra creamy. Store leftovers in the fridge.


Want to up the flavor? Roast the cauliflower tossed in a drizzle of olive oil in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes and then make the soup as usual. It does take some extra time but adds so much flavor.


To make this soup more decadent stir in a cup of heavy cream at the end.


Want the creaminess without the cream. The cauliflower is pretty creamy already but replacing the milk with coconut milk makes it’s a velvety soup.


Want to take this to the next level? Add some crispy bacon on top.


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Cauliflower Soup

4.60 from 65 votes

This Cauliflower Souprecipe is so creamyand filledwith vegetables to warm you on a chilly night.


Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 20 minutes mins

Total Time: 30 minutes mins

Servings: 8 servings; 2 quarts


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 5-6 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth, (I like to use Better than Buillon Base)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk, (or whole milk)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional


  • In a large pot, combine the cauliflower florets, carrot, celery, onion, and chicken broth. 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.

  • 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.

  • Puree about 2 1/2 cups of the soup in a regular blender or immersion blender and pour back into the soup. This makes the soup extra creamy. Store leftovers in an airtight container.


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.

Serving: 1/8th of the recipe

Cuisine: American

Course: Soup

Author: Christy Denney

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published on Sep 17, 2023

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114 comments on “Cauliflower Soup”

  1. Michelle Orndorff Reply

    “Nutrition information: 1/8th of recipe” contains no nutrition information! Please correct.

  2. Patricia Reply

    Excellent recipe!!! Very easy to follow & I whipped it up in a flash. I did sub some leek for the onion because that’s what I had on hand & it worked just fine.
    Flavor was top notch.
    A definite keeper😋

    • Christy Denney Reply

      thank you!

  3. Nanc Reply

    Oh my gosh..this soup was fantastic!! My 1st time make cream of cauliflower and I impressed myself! Your recipe was so easy to follow and uncomplicated. I did saute the onion, carrot & celery before adding the boiled cauliflower & stock. Used my blender for 2 cups of soup. The result was a velvety smooth, delicious soup with some cauliflower, celery & carrot pieces throughout. Perfect serving of 2 quarts! I’ll freeze one & enjoy one now. Thank you!! Looking forward to more of your recipes 🙂

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!!!

  4. Julia Reply

    My first time making cauliflower soup. I’m impressed, very delicious, perfect taste. I also made a double batch. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be making this again.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  5. Jill Reply

    The cheesy cauliflower soup is amazing!!! This is my go to comfort food without a doubt!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you Jill!

  6. Tammy Reply

    I made a double batch since it sounded so good and I was not disappointed. Nice creamy texture and just the right amount of cheese! Yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You are welcome!

  7. Val Reply

    Made this soup last night and it was so scrumptious! My hubby is not a huge cauliflower fan yet thought this was his fav soup, oh my! I puréed all of it however which we both really liked. Ate with mozzarella stuffed rosemary and parm soft pretzels: what a pairing!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank yOU!

  8. Elizabeth Murphy Reply

    It’s good and so easy to make!

  9. Nicole Reply

    Do you know how many carbs are in this?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes, there are 10 carbs in 1 cup but 2 grams of fiber.

  10. Cristina Negrea Reply

    Will put it in my best recipes book.
    I used a little less cheese, but otherwise recipe. Excellent!

  11. RuthAnn Gianneschi Reply

    This looks so good! I was wondering if frozen cauliflower can be used instead of fresh?
    Thank you!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes, of course!

  12. Jen Reply

    Made this tonight. Used 1/2 broccoli and 1/2 cauliflower. Used chicken stock and a little Better Than Bouillon -Roasted Chicken and 1/2 sharp cheddar and 1/2 Irish sharp cheddar. I like Tabasco so added a “little” extra 😉 I like mine with a little texture so mashed everything but no blending This hit the spot!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      So glad you liked it!

  13. SB Reply

    This soup is delicious!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  14. Whitebeard Reply

    Excellent soup

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  15. Glenda Reply

    I didn’t have nor was I to buy 2% milk for one recipe. So to my 1% milk of which I used 1 3/4 cups then added 1/4cup heavy cream instead. I also switched out the cheese for pepper jack which I had on hand. Soup was pretty tasty and enjoyed it as leftovers as well!!! Will make again..

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You can use whatever % you want. It won’t make that big of a difference.

  16. Diana Reply

    I just made this soup today and it is delicious. My husband isn’t fond of cauliflower but I believe he will enjoy this soup. I am freezing two 1-cup servings for a night when dinner is light. Thank you for this recipe.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  17. Tiffany Lasky Reply

    This soup recipe is amazing! It tastes so rich and creamy but does not require much milk or cheese to make you feel guilty for eating it. I was wondering if I could replicate using broccoli instead of cauliflower? Have you ever tried that?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Broccoli generally doesn’t give the creaminess that cauliflower does unfortunately.

  18. Paula Reply

    Great recipe! This was my first-time making cauliflower soup and this recipe is the best. I did two things different. First, I roasted the cauliflower with olive oil, thyme, and garlic (my family loves roasted cauliflower). Second, instead of making the roux I mixed the flour in the cold milk and used a whisk to combine. The soup was amazing, and my family is still talking about when we can make it again.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I bet roasting the cauliflower added great flavor.

  19. Andrea Reply

    Super forgiving recipe. Used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and leeks instead of onion. Had a huge head of cauliflower and it all blended together in a fantastic way. Perfect for winter!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I bet leeks were great.

  20. Linda Reply

    Could almond milk be substituted for 2% milk?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Sure! Not sure how much it would change the consistency though.

  21. Laveta Reply

    Loved this!! I added mushrooms and 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream and one cup milk.. I don’t care for smooth soup I prefer a little chunky,so I cut the cauliflower in small pieces and added another 1/4 cup of cheese and a little paprika. It was delicious will definitely be a soup that wiil sit on our table often of course bread sticks is a plus.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  22. Rita Reply

    I really like your recipe. I’ve made it several times already. Instead of using hot pepper sauce, I put a couple of ladles into a soup bowl and then add a large dollop of “On the Border” brand Salsa Con Queso. The cheese melts in beautifully and the jalapenos and red chili peppers add just the right amount of spice.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Wow I bet that takes it over the top.

    • Chas Reply

      I was searching for a broccoli soup recipe and came across your site. Was totally going to make your broccoli soup recipe but then I saw a link to this cauliflower soup. Greatful for the recommendation section to show other soup recipes on your site because this cauliflower soup was the best soup I’ve ever tasted, hands down! I used cajun seasoning in place of the hot sauce.

      I am IMPRESSED and will be looking through your site now! My picky eater daughter wants me make this ALL THE TIME.

      • Christy Denney Reply

        So happy you liked it!

  23. Pamela Reply

    Can this be frozen?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not.

  24. Maria Reply

    Delicious soup and it smells amazing. Easy to make love it.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      So glad you love it!

  25. Katie Reply

    Can you puree the entire soup? I’m looking for something creamed for my cousin who has esophagus problems

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes you can!

  26. Tish Hill Reply

    Easy and delicious! I did add a little extra to the veg amounts, so also a little more stock (I had some frozen, homemade chicken stock to use). I love cauliflower to begin with . . . so this did NOT disappoint! I’ll be making this again and again – thank you!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  27. Susan Reply

    Very easy and very tasty. I used an extra cup of chicken broth to cover all the veges, sharp cheddar cheese, and no hot sauce. My husband had seconds and said he would eat it again. Will be great for ladies luncheons. I used my immersion blender to make it easy. Thank you for a yummy recipe.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Glad you liked it!

  28. Jane Reply

    This morning I made the absolutely delicious soup for second time second week in a row. This time I used an immersion blender right in the pot I made it. Made it very easy and no extra dishes to wash. Really love this soup and it is my new favorite!

    Thank you the-girl-who-ate-everything!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You are welcome!

  29. Joel Reply

    Terrific recipe!! Very flexible, too. If you don’t have carrots, use a half dozen sweet peppers. The tricky part is the liquids. Depending on size of cauliflower and amounts of other veggies, you may feel the need to add more broth to get a good soup base action. Go ahead! Just plan to do a 1.5x or double batch of roux as needed to match. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Joel Reply

      Well, maybe 4 sweet peppers to pair with a 1/3 to 1/2 yellow onion. If you have say, a large cauliflower, and prefer more than 1/4 cup of veggies in the mix…try the following: add 1.25 cups additional broth; make a 2nd batch of roux half-size to match. Anyhow, going on batch 4 and for the second time found the baby carrots went bad, so going rouge, haha.
      Thank you, again!!

  30. Dylan Lancastr Reply

    Can this be made keto friendly?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You would have to eliminate the flour and buy a low-carb chicken broth to make it keto-friendly.

  31. Aylish Stewart Reply

    I made this soup on Saturday to take to work on Monday, but it was so delicious it’s gone! So easy to make too. We’ll defs make this one again.

  32. Doreen Reply

    This came out great. I didn’t think you could make soup without onions!
    I didn’t have a carrot, so I added some sweet potato.
    I added some Bon Herbs at the end.
    Also I didn’t have quite enough cheddar, so added some mozzarella and Parmesan. Doreen

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You definitely could add onions if you wanted to.

  33. Cheri Reply

    Love this soup!! So satisfying on a frigid winter day!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you! We love it!

  34. Jennifer Reply

    Can this be frozen?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I haven’t tried it so I can’t be sure.

  35. L.M. Reply

    This was delicious!! I didn’t have all the exact ingredients, but I made a few substitutes and it still turned out great. [I used cream of mushroom soup instead of chicken broth, some seasonings instead of onions, and did half milk, half sour cream. And I did half cheddar blend, half mozzarella cheese.] Thank you for this great recipe!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Glad you liked it!

  36. Marcia Reply

    This soup is delicious! Can’t wait to make it again YUM!!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  37. Kim Reply

    Made this soup for the first time when my sister came to visit. We all loved it. Super easy to make. I have always wanted to make my own cauliflower and cheese soup that was just as good as in restaurants. Definetely a favorite in my house.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Awesome! I love hearing that.

  38. Beth Reply

    We have a snow day from school today and I just made this! It is soooo good! Thank you!!!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  39. Sue Reply

    How would you change this to used riced cauliflower?

  40. Lora Hendrickson Reply

    I just made this soup and it is so good. Perfect for a raw winter day.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you! I totally forgot about this soup.

  41. Michelle A. Reply

    I’m a big lover of all things cauliflower, so I decided to try this soup tonight. It was so quick and easy to make, and soooo delicious! And it is filling too, lots of body. This is going to be one of my regular eats! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re so welcome Michelle.

  42. Penny Reply

    I made this soup today, using a frozen bag of California mix, and a bag of cauliflower. I baked off some bacon crisp, and crumbled in at the end. I used the sharp cheddar and a white cheddar. Really good.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  43. Monique Lessard Reply

    Je suis certane de l’aimer cours acheter le chou fleur .

  44. Katie Reply

    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?!

  45. Kaila Reply

    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 🙂

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you! I earn my name everyday.

  46. JY Reply

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

    • Christy Denney Reply

      So glad you liked it!

  47. Jen Reply

    Great recipe!

  48. Brande Reply

    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!

  49. Margaret Reply

    just made this soup today. Excellent flavour.

  50. Linda G Reply

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

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      It is, right?!

  51. Barbp29 Reply

    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!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      So glad you enjoyed it.

  52. Stevi Reply

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

  53. k Reply

    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!

  54. [emailprotected] Reply

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

  55. Sammie Reply

    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!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Thanks Sammie! Sounds like we could be friends.

  56. Candace @ Cabot Reply

    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!

  57. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes Reply

    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!

  58. Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife Reply

    I would love this soup!

  59. Jess Knight Reply

    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!

  60. Marissa Reply

    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} Reply

      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.

  61. Trang's corner Reply

    So good… thank you. Love this post!
    Love from – a lifestyle, cooking, fashion blog

  62. June Burns Reply

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

  63. Karen @ The Food Charlatan Reply

    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!

  64. Sammi @Sunshine Recipes Reply

    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. 🙂

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      It’s always a chaotic party!

  65. Liz Reply

    Sounds good – thank you. Have a great week.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Thank you! You too.

  66. Aimee @ ShugarySweets Reply

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

  67. nancyabc Reply

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

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