Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This winter has been much colder in Nova Scotia than the last few.  You quickly become unaccustomed to windchill temperatures of -30.  So I have been pinning lots of new homemade soup recipes.  My goal has been to try a new one every week.  When I saw Gail @ Faithfulness Farm post about this Cauliflower Cheese Soup from Panera (Oh my soul, I LOVE Panera), I knew this would be a great one to try.  So on the weekend I pulled out my favorite soup pot and made a double batch!  

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg 
1-1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese 
1/4 tsp salt

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Set aside 12 bite-size cauliflower florets. Coarsely chop remaining cauliflower and set aside. Drop the 12 florets in boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chopped cauliflower, broth, half-and-half, thyme, pepper, and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender. Puree the soup in a blender and return to the pot. Stir in the cheese and salt until the cheese melts and the soup is heated through, 3 minutes. Serve topped with cauliflower florets. Makes 6 servings.

My Notes:  I used: 2% milk instead of heavy cream, orange cheddar instead of white, and salt free chicken broth.  

This is a delicious soup, and a definite "keeper" recipe in our family!  I hope you try it and enjoy it as well. 

Here are some other homemade soups we have made:

My Homemade Soup Pinterest Board is loaded with lots of great recipes!!

On The Menu Monday


  1. I'm happy you pinned my chicken soup recipe and now I'll have to try this delicious looking soup! My Hubs and I spent some time on PEI and in Halifax a couple of summers ago and LOVED it. Nova Scotia is beautiful!

  2. I love Panera too, but do not get a chance to go there often. I've had broccoli cheese soup, but never cauliflower. I will have to try this and pinned the recipe to find it again. Thank you very much from dropping by my blog this week. I hope to see you again soon!

  3. This sounds comforting and delicious! I've never had soup with cauliflower in it, but I'm willing to try. I didn't realize you like in Nova Scotia! My hubby and I would love to visit Canada some day. :) try to keep warm!!

  4. Oh, I haven't had cauliflower cheese soup in ages! Thanks and I'm keeping your recipe - it looks sooo yummy!

  5. Hi Tanya,

    I will try this soup for sure! It sounds so comforting! Especially like you said this "Winter"!
    We have a Winter Storm Snow Squall Warning on for our area today, looks like Winter is still going strong!
    Have a great weekend! I am so looking forward to a new month...
    All the Best,

  6. We love cauliflower & cheese soup, this recipe looks very easy and delicious! I'll be following your pinterest soup board, can't have enough soups at this time of year.
    Followed you over from the Canadian Bloggers FB group.
    Debbie :)

  7. Looks delish Tanya! Have a great weekend! Angie xo

  8. oh nice cauliflower cheese recipe .i like it very much.i do not wait for this soup.


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