A Deliciously Tasty Cream of Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Cauliflower is a popular ingredient to make healthy dishes that taste super good but still maintain a lot of nutrients. As the weather gets colder, one great use of cauliflower is soup. How can you make a deliciously tasty cream of cauliflower soup at home? To learn a clever way to use cauliflower, read on to learn how to make a soup that is sure to impress you and your family.

Why You Will Love Cream of Cauliflower Soup

There are countless times I’ve bought a head of cauliflower at the store only to let it sit in the fridge unused because I’m not sure what to do with it. There are so many recipes out there that use cauliflower, so deciding what to do can be overwhelming. When I finally made cauliflower into a creamy soup, I never had to worry about a head of cauliflower withering away. I’m partial to this soup because it’s relatively easy to throw together and it feels indulgent while being packed full of nutrients. For a filling meal or a side dish, you can’t go wrong with soup. What better way to use that head of cauliflower waiting in your fridge than to make a cozy soup that will warm your body and your soul?

Cream of Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Let’s get started on pulling this delicious cauliflower soup together. It only requires a few basic ingredients and will take less than an hour to throw together.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, or two smaller heads, cut into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded + extra for garnish
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is heated, add the garlic and onions. Cook for around 5 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the onions are transparent.
  2. When the onions and garlic are ready, add the cauliflower and stock. Be sure to scrape the bottom to make sure the garlic and onion are well incorporated. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Simmer for twenty minutes or until the cauliflower is soft when you poke it with a fork.
  3. Remove the soup from the heat. Use an immersion blender or stand blender to blend. If you use an immersion blender, be careful of splatter, the soup will be hot. If you are using a stand blender, you may have to do so in batches, and again, you should be very careful not to get burnt by spillover.
  4. Once the soup is blended smoothly, put it back on the stove over medium heat. Add the salt, pepper, cheese, and heavy cream. Stir until the cheese is melted. Taste the soup and see if you need more salt or pepper.
  5. When the soup is warmed, serve right away. Serve with extra cheese on the top.
  6. Enjoy!

What Substitutions Can I Make?

Making substitutions to recipes is one of the most fun ways to customize your food and make it fit for you and your loved ones’ needs. There are plenty of substitutions and additions you can use to transform your soup. Each time you make it, you can do something new! Let’s explore some of the suggested substitutions you can make.

If you are vegan or vegetarian, there are swaps you can make to make this dish perfect for you. Using coconut milk instead of cream is my recommendation if you don’t want to use dairy. You can use plant-based milk, such as oat, soy, or almond, but these kinds of milk will be less creamy so the soup won’t have the same richness. You can also use a plant-based cheese of your choice or not add cheese at all. I love to add nutritional yeast to get that cheesy flavor and add some fiber and B vitamins.

While this recipe uses chicken stock, changing the stock up won’t make a huge difference, and I usually use whatever I have on hand rather than taking an extra trip to the store. For non-meat eaters, veggie stock is a great option. Beef stock will also work nicely. Thus, you shouldn’t worry if you don’t have chicken stock on hand.

If you want a soup with more protein, adding some meat is a great way to add more protein to the soup. This soup uses stock and dairy, so it does have some protein, but some people may want even more dairy based on their nutritional goals. You could add shredded chicken, beef, fish, tofu, or bacon bits depending on your lifestyle and flavor interests.

Can You Make Cream of Cauliflower Soup Ahead?

If you want to prepare this soup in advance, this recipe is perfect for storing away. I love to make a big batch with multiple heads of cauliflower and then store portions in the freezer to pull out on lazy days. If you want to make soup to be used throughout the week, such as for lunches, it will keep in the fridge for up to a week, but it will be best used within 3-5 days.

If you want to store the soup for longer, you can pop it in the freezer. U.S. Food Safety standards suggest that you can freeze food indefinitely, but most frozen foods are best eaten within three months because after that time, while they are still perfectly safe to eat, the soup may lose its rich flavor and won’t taste as good.

How to Store Cream of Cauliflower Soup?

If you want to store your cream of cauliflower soup, it’s best to put the soup in an airtight container. You can either put the soup in one big container, or you can put it in single-portion containers, depending on how you plan to use it.

Is Cream of Cauliflower Soup Good for You?

If the taste of this soup alone isn’t enough to convince you of its goodness. Take a look at the nutrition facts. Soup fills you up better than most foods, leading to increased satiation. Thus, soup is a great way to crush cravings and keep you feeling energized for longer. The cauliflower of this soup adds even more nutrients. The Mayo Clinic calls cauliflower a “versatile nutrition superstar” because it has lots of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and folate. This nutritional combination mean that cauliflower is anti-inflammatory, helps with digestion, and can fight conditions like cancer or heart disease. Adding this soup to your mealtimes will keep you feeling good and improve your overall well-being.

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