Creamy Cauliflower Soup


Move over creamy potato soup, at long last you’ve found a competitor. Potato soup is a family favorite in my home and a go-to winter comfort food. We had it nearly on a weekly basis this past winter. I like this Creamy Cauliflower Soup equally as much, if not more than, a creamy potato soup so I’m happy to have another recipe to rotate it with.

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This soup is actually very similar to a potato soup. Before telling my kids what kind of soup it was, my daughter was eating it and asked if there were potatoes in it, so it must be close. I love how the flavor of this soup is rather simple, which therefor really lets the mellow flavor of the cauliflower shine along with the richness and very subtle sweetness of the cream. If you wanted to cut back on calories you could replace the cream with more milk, but really why do such a thing? Cream is like gold to me, which is why I was practically devastated when I realized last week I’d left a quart of it sitting on the counter overnight. Yes I know it’s only a few dollars, but the stuff is precious I tell you. Seriously though, don’t you hate when stuff like that happens? The worst is when you accidentally leave a trunk-full of groceries, most of which require chilling/freezing, in the car overnight – yeah I might have done that a few times (and I’m normally not so forgetful, but I think I’ve learned my lesson. It hasn’t happened for a while. It must have been the ice cream “soup” and the extra-large bags of frozen blueberries than turned into pools of mush that got to me :).

Try this soup, because I can basically guarantee you’re going to love it! It’s staying in my recipe book forever!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Cooking Classy

Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Cooking Classy


Creamy Cauliflower Soup

3 from 1 vote

Yield: About 4 servings as a main dish

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 (2 1/2 lb) head cauliflower, large stem removed and discarded, remaining chopped into small pieces
  • 2 carrots , peeled and diced (1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery , diced (scant 1 cup)
  • 1 medium onion , diced (1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • For serving:
  • 4 - 6 slices bacon , cooked and diced (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions , chopped


  1. Melt butter in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium heat. Add chopped cauliflower, carrots, celery and onion and season lightly with salt and pepper. Saute until veggies are slightly tender, about 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add flour and garlic and cook mixture, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. While stirring, slowly add in chicken broth, then add bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to a simmer (medium-low), cover pot with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in milk and cream and cook until heated through. Remove bay leaf and serve soup warm topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions.
  3. Recipe Source: adapted with some changes from Damn Delicious


  • Amallia @DesireToEat: Wow your soup looks so delicious. It’s great way to cook Cauliflower. I can’t wait to try. April 25, 2014 at 12:47am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I loooooove cauliflower and just bought a head of it yesterday. I go thru tons :) Your soup is gorgeous and I’d love it! pinned April 25, 2014 at 1:19am Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: That looks so good! April 25, 2014 at 4:43am Reply

  • Matt Robinson: I seriously can’t wait to make this for the family. Cauliflower is one of our favorites and this would not last long here. Thanks and happy friday! April 25, 2014 at 7:22am Reply

  • Katrina @ WVS: Yum!! such a fabulous soup. I love how smooth it looks :) April 25, 2014 at 9:28am Reply

  • Jeanette: I saw this and immediately thought “perfect”! Lovely recipe and photos. April 25, 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jeanette! April 25, 2014 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade: This soup looks so delicious! I am so cauliflower obsessed right now :) April 25, 2014 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: This soup looks so scrumptious and perfect for spring dinners in! What a great recipe, Jaclyn. Your photos are beautiful, too! April 25, 2014 at 2:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Georgia! April 25, 2014 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Lizzy (Good Things): Jaclyn, this soup looks mouthwateringly good! Love it. April 25, 2014 at 4:58pm Reply

  • eve: Jaclyn, your blog is responsible for the third new recipe in my rotation in the last two weeks. I’m currently munching on this soup and it’s delicious!
    Next time I’ll add some caraway, I think that would go very well with it. Also, I didn’t add any milk, because the soup was already very thin.
    Thank you for the recipe! May 28, 2014 at 9:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Eve, that is so great to hear! Thanks for taking the time to comment. June 19, 2014 at 11:01pm Reply

  • Sara: Could you or would you be willing to share where you got those beautiful blue dishes? July 30, 2014 at 4:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just got them at Ikea. August 21, 2014 at 12:17am Reply

  • jenn: I made this tonight and it was yums! Made a few mods- I halved the recipe (or thirded it, morelike), added a few quartered new potatoes that needed to be used up, added a small amount of basil and tarragon, and also substituted 1/2 & 1/2 for the cream. I also added a few different cheeses at the end, again, using up leftovers in the fridge. Thanks for the recipe! September 8, 2014 at 9:31pm Reply

  • Amy: Very good! Definitely making again! October 14, 2014 at 8:38am Reply

  • Megan: So, I’m wondering if you like this soup better or the roasted cauliflower white cheddar soup? November 21, 2014 at 10:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I personally like the roasted cauliflower white cheddar soup better but they are both delicious! November 21, 2014 at 2:16pm Reply

  • Lisa: Making this today with some modifications:
    using olive oil for sauté’ in stead of butter,
    soy flour, some chicken sausage I had that needed to be used in place of the bacon, and fresh kale added at the end. Also, liked the idea someone else had of adding basil and tarragon. February 13, 2015 at 9:48am Reply

  • Linda: I just finished making this soup!! Was so easy to make! And tasted delish!! A real comfort soup!! Thank you!! I will definitely be making it again!!! November 4, 2015 at 4:38pm Reply

  • Mary Williams: I’m making this soup again! Found this recipe a few months ago and have made it numerous times. Absolutely love it! January 2, 2016 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Rach’s Recipes: I liked this recipe. I added a 1/2 teaspoon cumin and teaspoon 1/2 coriander, which added some depth to the flavor profile. January 10, 2016 at 6:48pm Reply

  • Connie Wahlfeld: Made this soup today and it was brilliant!! My guests loved it.. Thanks so much for the recipe.. June 4, 2016 at 4:25am Reply

  • Lauren: I made this tonight and it’s delicious! I added a half block of cream cheese and half bag of shredded cheddar. July 1, 2016 at 6:53pm Reply

  • Larry Novak: How many people does it cook for those particular recipe? July 29, 2017 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Suzanne Novoselac: I tried this soup because my (adult) daughter and I need more veggies in our diet. It was OK, but definitely did not taste like potato soup! We decided that it was not a “keeper” recipe. Also the “10 minute prep time” was about double that for me, with chopping a whole head of cauliflower taking up most of that. Lesson learned. October 28, 2017 at 10:02am Reply

  • Belinda: Do you have the nutrition for this dish? I’ve been trying new cauliflower recipes. Like bread and buffalo bites. I’m on a limit for fat and calories. Thank you. January 7, 2018 at 3:30pm Reply

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