Creamy Cauliflower Cheddar Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Cheddar Soup from Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on October 25, 2011 · 49 comments

Me: Why the long face?

Haley: I saw you cutting up cauliflower.

Damn. She wasn’t actually supposed to see that. Just like my Dad isn’t supposed to know my Mom hides cauliflower in some of her dishes *ahem*

Soooo, that was going to be my post – about how much my kids hate cauliflower. How even comparing it to a bride’s flower bouquet isn’t enough to change Haley’s mind. But about how much I love it.

Then, as the universe would have it, I got a message the day after making this soup (with Pacific Foods vegetable broth), from none other than, a lovely Pacific Foods rep. True story. She asked if I’d like to try some of their product line. Well, I don’t need to try their stuff…since my pantry is already stocked with their pretty packaging. But she was completely on board with letting you all try it.

Instead of reading about my kids hatred of cauliflower, you get to throw your hat in the ring for some vegetable and chicken stock. Way better deal, right?

Pacific Foods broths are outstanding. Clean, simple ingredients, with rich flavor. (I’ve also bought their creamy soups which are a wonderful substitute if you lack time and energy to make soup from scratch.) And all of their products are packaged for convenience in easy-to-open, BPA-free cartons.

As already mentioned, I used their vegetable broth in this soup. Which, btw, is totally yummy, no matter what Haley and Trevor say. It’s thick and creamy, without using any cream. The mustard and cheddar cheese balance out the cauliflower flavor quite nicely. The only thing that would have made it better is pieces of bacon. Naturally.

The Giveaway
4 lucky U.S. readers (2 from the blog and 2 from Facebook) have a chance to win an 8 ounce 4-pack of EACH flavor: Organic Vegetable Broth, Organic Free Range Chicken Broth and Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth. Great to have on hand for holiday cooking!

There are three ways to enter: (1) leave a comment on the blog (2) go “like” us on Facebook or (3) Already a fan? Just leave a comment on The Wall.

Want to increase your chances? You can leave a comment here and on Facebook.


UPDATE on November 1st:
The lucky 4 winners are: Michele Yoakum McBee, Pamela Hansel, Dawn Cauthen, and Aurora Agee. Congrats! Contact me with your snail mail to claim your prize.

Creamy Cauliflower Cheddar Soup
Makes 8 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 2 shallots, minced
• 1 medium sweet onion, diced
• Kosher or sea salt
• 1 medium potato, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch cubes
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
• 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
• 2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add the shallots and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt, then mix in the potato, garlic and vegetable broth. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, keep covered, and let cook for about 8 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add the cauliflower and cook about 10 minutes more, until the cauliflower is tender. Stir in the cheese and mustard.

Puree with a hand-held immersion blender for a chunky texture (or a regular blender for a smoother texture, working in batches.)  Mix in additional water or broth if the soup is too thick. Season with additional salt to taste. Serve warm topped with additional shredded cheese and croutons.

(from Annie’s Eats, originally from Cate’s World Kitchen)

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandi Benoit December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

YUM!! This is almost identical to my broccoli soup <3


Rish October 28, 2013 at 1:53 am

I thought this was nin-dairy? Sounds good anyway.


Amy @Very Culinary October 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

Hi Rish – my bad, sorry! It was categorized incorrectly. I fixed it.


Stephanie November 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I don’t care what the kiddos say, I say this soup sounds delish. I think potato and cauliflower soups have the best texture — and flavor — of any kind of soup. Plus, it’s so fall-ish. Yum!


PJ November 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

Thank you for the gift!! Can’t wait to try it!! Dinner is at my house this year!!


Roberta October 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This soup is superb!! I added a bit extra cheese and some fresh thyme and rosemary, as well as, some dried italian herbs. It is amazing!


Lisa M. October 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Your soup looks yummy!


Kari October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

Yum! Can’t wait to try this….and trick my wee one into cauliflower consumption ;)


Sarah October 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

This looks amazing! Cauliflower and cheese are two of my favorite things! What a perfect fall soup.


Marta October 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I will be making this soup this weekend. I love that it is made with vegetable broth, I am a vegetarian.


Ben October 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

I like the idea of using the mustard in the soup… will have to try this one.


Susan October 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

This sounds delicious! I was just reading up on how to sneak more veggies into dishes for the kids. I’m certainly adding this to the list, Thanks!


Jordan October 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

Fall is PERFECT for soup! Excited to try this one!


Judith October 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I’m always looking for soup recipes. This one looks delicious. Thank you for posting.


Stacie Fontinell October 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I would love to win!! Soup is my favorite!


Erinn Riley October 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Looks like a spiffed-up version of potato and leek soup! can’t wait to try it.


Jenna October 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Oooh, I’d love some broth! Especially now that it’s soup season. And your cauliflower soup sounds awesome-pawsome.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet October 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

That soup sounds comforting and delicious!


mirinblue October 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

Yum! Soup looks delicious and if you leave out the potato…Low Carb! Thanks


Kristine October 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

This tasted delicious!


Danielle October 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

this sounds fantastic!


Michele October 26, 2011 at 8:16 am

I love their products too, love it more when I have coupons. :)


Lisa Z October 26, 2011 at 7:56 am

I am in the same boat – I LOVE cauliflower, but my fiancee and his children, not so much. In fact, he won’t touch it – I can convince his eldest to try it, sometimes. Can’t wait to try the soup, and would love to win the broths!


Editorial Team | Healthy Aperture October 26, 2011 at 5:42 am

Cauliflower never looked better. Yum.


Tina Seeger October 26, 2011 at 2:01 am

Love the recipe .I had not added the mustard to it before.I think that would be a touch of flavor..Will try next time.


Justina October 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

this looks so good…I’ve been weirdly craving cauliflower lately!


Mb October 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm



Mom October 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I’d like a sample for this one. Not sure how much cauliflower flavor comes through. But it looks good.


Amanda Thompson October 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I love Pacific Foods Broths and Soups!


Richard October 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

My wife hates cauliflower. I will make this when she go shopping and tell her is just lumpy cheese.


Shawna {The Blue Muse} October 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I’m totally making this for dinner tonight! Thanks!


Joanne October 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Well I LOVE cauliflower (especially covered in cheese…swoon) and I also LOVE Pacific Foods. I have some of their veggie stock in my fridge as I type.

If it makes you feel any better, I hated all veggies as a kid, but look at me now! There’s still hope!


Patti October 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I’m planning on making this soup this week. I could eat soup every day and this sounds soooo good!


Nancie Nelson October 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

Oh I love soup in the fall !!!!


PJ October 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

When I was a kid I wouldn’t touch the stuff either. Now I would rather eat that than broccoli!


Brooke October 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

That soup looks terrific! I will definitely try it! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!


Marybeth October 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

The best cauliflower I’ve ever had was from a local farm in my farmshare. Once I’d had that I realized what I disliked about the store-bought stuff – it was old and had lost a lot of the sweetness (YES, there is sweet in there) that they have while fresh. I was eating florets of them raw and it was like they were already covered in butter, who needed to cook them up? Mmmm.

But in a cheese soup you can deal with almost any age of cauliflower. Whee.


Amy October 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Hi Marybeth – my sister gets farm fresh produce at work sometimes and brought me fresh cauliflower once. You’re right, it was sweet! So so good. And very different than the grocery store variety. Same thing with fresh eggs. I need to live on a farm!


Victoria R October 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

I don’t like cauliflower either… I can’t quite decide what it is, maybe the texture?


Lisa B. October 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

I make a lot of soup during the cold months. I’ll bet this recipe would be good with some broccoli in it, too. Please enter me in the giveaway. One can never have enough home made soup!


Dawn Cauthen October 25, 2011 at 10:17 am

The soup sounds very yummy! And I would love to be entered in the giveaway. :-)


Jude October 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

Vegie broth in a BPA-free container? Sounds doubly good!


Cathy October 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

I think I would like this soup. I use Pacific Foods broth quite often–vegetable as I live with a vegetarian. It has great flavor.


Tricia October 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

I would love to try the Pacific Foods broth – I’m constantly using broths in my cooking and always on a search for a good one!


randjm October 25, 2011 at 8:23 am

Would love to try this product! (And make cauliflower soup!)


Sandi Benoit October 25, 2011 at 8:16 am

I printed this recipe, before I posted here!! We’re soup freaks!! I make a brocolli cheddar soup that’s TOO GOOD!! But, never thought about using cauliflower!! We both like it, I don’t have to hide it! Gee a win-win for me!


pam October 25, 2011 at 8:10 am

AND I am, of course, a fan!


pam October 25, 2011 at 8:10 am

Love the soup. Love the broth. Enter me please!


Tomi Radke October 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

Haley Haley Haley you have so much to learn!! Ha Ha. The soup looks delish Amy and if I win the broth I will certainly be trying it! With bacon!


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