Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Posted 18 January 2011 by

It’s National Soup Month (in some other country) and to carry on the soup theme, I thought I’d try cauliflower cheese soup. I love cauliflower and am in complete disagreement with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who has long been known to slag it off (although nowadays I hear he has reformed). Yes, cauliflower can be a little bland mild, but I refer to think of its flavour as a subtle sweetness. It goes brilliantly with a sharp cheddar in cauliflower cheese so why not make a soup out of that comfort-food classic, to produce an even more soothing, nourishing dish? (You won’t even have to chew it!) This soup recipe is adapted from one by Richard Guest in Soup Kitchen.

A bowl of cauliflower cheese soup with a spoon and a slice of bread

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1  onion
  • 1  potato
  • 1  cauliflower
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 850 ml milk
  • 75 g hard cheese eg. cheddar, Parmesan or Gruyère (grated)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dice the onion and fry it gently in a small amount of butter. Chop the garlic and add it to the onion. Finely chop the cauliflower and potato. Add the cauliflower, potato and milk to the onions. Bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes. Take the soup off the heat and stir in the cheese. Add the nutmeg and season to taste.

You can blend the soup if you want it smoother, but if you finely dice the cauliflower to start with, it already has a relatively smooth texture. Bear in mind that this comforting soup is not strongly flavoured, so if you find mild flavours too bland you might consider adding more onions, cheese or spices.

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4 Responses to Cauliflower Cheese Soup

  1. Sarah says:

    Great post! Cauliflower is a super food and is so healthy and delicious for you! I love cauliflower just about any way you can make it and this soup is definitely on my list to try!

    ~Sarah

    • Debbie says:

      Thanks for the comment! Cauliflower is one of my favourites too! This is maybe not super-healthy with the cheese in it, but cauliflower’s so versatile isn’t it?

  2. Medeja says:

    How big cauliflower were you using for this soup? Usually I get cauliflower and decide it’s too big for one dish :)) so would be good to know aprox.how many grams or kg?

    • Debbie says:

      Good question! I left out size/measurements because I was making it quite a flexible recipe. I used a small cauliflower. I’m not sure exactly how many kg, sorry, as I don’t have any left! It was definitely on the small size though – maybe half a kg? I also used a small potato and small onion. In terms of servings, we got about 4 generous bowl-fuls out of it. Hope this helps! 🙂

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