Cauliflower cheese soup

Cauliflower cheese soup

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(98 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins


Serves 6 adults, or 4 adults and 4 kids
Throw a new spin on this comforting classic by blending into a smooth and creamy soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • For up to 1 month, without cheese

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal188
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.82g
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  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large cauliflower (about 900g/2lb), leaves trimmed and cut into florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 700ml vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 400ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 100g mature cheddar, diced


  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan. Tip in the onion and cook until softened, about 5 mins, stirring often. Add the cauliflower, potato, stock, milk and seasoning. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about 30 mins until the cauliflower is soft and the potato almost collapsing.

  2. Whizz in a food processor or crush with a potato masher until you get a creamy, thick soup. Top up with more milk to thin a little if serving in mugs. You can make ahead up to 2 days in advance, cool, cover and leave in the fridge until needed, or freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, warm through, ladle into mugs or bowls, top with the cheese pieces, then stir through before eating.

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Comments (118)

alnorris's picture

Added some garlic, nutmeg and parsley to flavour it. We had some Danish Blue cheese to use up so I used skimmed milk to reduce fat content then didn't feel too guilty about throwing high fat cheese in at the end - delicious!

talsom's picture

This is one of the favorite soups in our family! Although, I use light cheddar cheese and semi-skimmed milk. Yet everyone loves it!

fayewakefield's picture

Found this abit bland. Had lots of cauliflower to use up from garden so made twice and second time added extra curry paste which helped.

otto45's picture

Nice soup, added mustard seeds and nutmeg and half the cheese, my bf loved it, I liked it, think more cheese than I used plus a cheese that was stronger, perhaps a blue cheese would enhance the soup, for my palette anyway :)

allielovetocook's picture

Another 5 * from Good Food!! Delicious, simple soup. Had it for an evening meal one night, and reheated the leftovers for lunch the following day. Grated the cheese in, rather than cubed. We all loved it - including my slightly dubious 15 year old.

gooseberrycrumble's picture

Yummy- and so simple! Added grated cheese to soup before blitzing.

beclam's picture

A family thumbs up! I added half an orange pepper as it needed using and grated half of the cheese and melted it into the soup as others have suggested. The other half I added at end as recipe.
Will def make again!

suebri53's picture

Brilliant recipe I added a bit of garlic and some chilli great. Ideal to cook & freeze then ready just when you need it. Serve with some lovely fresh bread - delishn Great for lunch box simply microwave to reheat

johnince's picture

Try adding some dijon mustard and ground nutmeg :-)

dcavalla's picture

Delicious and super easy. I just use a bit less cheese to keep the calories down.

kurtanne's picture

Really tasty and so easy to make.

eexley's picture

Really yummy - followed the recipe closely. Its a very subtle flavour. Added the cheese to the soup after blending and reheated. Served the soup with some more grated cheese on it.

veggiecook1's picture

This is delicious. A real soup version of cauli cheese, yum.
I used soya milk (unsweetened) and it worked very well. Yum! Thanks so much

christinap2's picture

quite nice soup, but a little bit bland; i added parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg to make it a bit tastier; had to add quite a bit of cheese too otherwise it would be a bit too boring :(

amy_natalia's picture

I was a little aprehensive about cooking this soup thinking it maybe a little boring being cauliflower soup but I have to say both my husband and myself loved it. We used semi skimmed milk, added a few shakes of curry powder, approx 1/2 teaspoon on turmeric and a bayleaf (along with salt and pepper) and it was beautiful... will definitely be making it again. Oh we also grated the cheese, as others had suggested :)

kimkap's picture

This soup is so easy to make and the result is fantastic - I really didn't want to share this with the girls I work with!!! They both enjoyed it and asked when was I doing it again. This is definitely one for my binder and will be made again.

nicolanolan87's picture

Such a good thick homely soup. I added more cheese as i saw a few posts say it could do with more so i added an extra 50g and grated it in to melt. Yum yum yum

mimimcr's picture

I am on a total liquid diet due to long term post dental surgery complications.... So soup good soup recipies are paramount to
my situation... This is one of my favourite soups!!! I have to
fully blend but it retains enough taste and texture to make it
Interesting.... You can keep the "base" of the soup for a few
days in the fridge (omiting cheese) its easy to just heat and
mix in your favourite grated cheese at the end...
Comforting and nourishing :)

skorpio's picture

This looks like a very interesting soup. As others have said, I'll almost certainly grate the cheese, that way I can use less thus making it a little healthier.

caravan28's picture

This is a gorgeous soup. Very easy to make with few ingredients. I followed the recipe, but on serving, I diced some chilli cheese into the soup bowls then poured the soup over. A quick stir through and delicious.


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