I recently bought some cauliflower. I got a good deal on it so I decided to buy it. However, I did not get it used. It was not looking so good but it was not quite bad enough to throw out. I did not want to throw it out anyway because that would be a waste. So, I wanted to find a way to use it.
I decided to use my broccoli soup recipe but use the cauliflower instead. I was not sure how it would turn out but I thought it was worth a try. It was. It was really good and a great way to use up cauliflower that is not at it’s best. And this is a great alternative to those of you who do not like broccoli.
Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Cheese and cauliflower combined in an easy to make soup. Perfect for a fall or winter day.
- 5 cups cauliflower (if you have a little more or a little less that is fine)
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups milk or 1/2 & 1/2 (1/2 & 1/2 does taste better but I usually use milk)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour or gluten free flour blend for gf version
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- Optional - bacon, cooked and chopped
- Steam cauliflower until tender, about six to eight minutes.
- Chop finely. I do mine in the food processor because we like it really chopped up and it is quicker. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan combine broth and milk. Slowly whisk in flour.
- Cook over med to med high heat stirring. Cook until it starts to thicken but not too thick. I usually do it until it just starts to boil.
- Add chopped cauliflower.
- Reduce heat to med low.
- Continue to cook about 5 minutes.
- Add cheese stir until cheese melts.
- Serve. If using bacon sprinkle each bowl with a little.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 987mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.
Also, if you ever have some cauliflower around, try frying it, as is. No breading or batter, just fried in vegetable oil until it is medium brown. Salt it, and serve with a small little pile of cumin for dipping. Amazing taste! The little ends are crispy and the middle is soft. Don’t discard the middle stem, its our favorite part!
We try and limit fried foods a bit, but this one is a keeper.
That sounds really good!
I made this for lunch one day for myself and my kids. It was great. We have some sitting in the freezer for an upcoming cold day 🙂 Thank you for sharing!