Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

If the words “cheesy” and “soup” are in the title of a recipe, you can be pretty certain that I’m going to want to make it. I found this recipe for cheesy cauliflower soup in a magazine (unfortunately I can’t remember which one) over a year ago, and just a few weeks ago I stumbled on the piece of paper where I had copied down the ingredients. Of course I wasted no time in giving it a shot, especially since it’s the type of recipe where you throw everything into the crockpot and let it cook on its own. And as I suspected, we were big fans of this soup. Anything cheesy and creamy is usually a success around here, but I was surprised at how much I liked the subtle cauliflower flavor. Plus, the fact that there is a whole head of cauliflower pureed into the soup made me feel like it was at least a little bit healthy. ¬†And yes, as you see in the pictures, we ate this with little pretzel goldfish swimming around in the soup – I’d recommend it. :)

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
2 celery ribs
2 large carrots
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups half and half (I used fat free)

Directions:

Place cauliflower in the slow cooker. Chop the celery, carrots, peppers and onion and add to the slow cooker. Stir in the broth, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or until vegetables are tender.

In a blender, process the soup in batches (or use an immersion blender) until smooth. Stir in the cheese and half and half. Cook on low until cheese is melted and soup is warmed through. Be careful not to let it come to a boil.

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11 Responses to “Cheesy Cauliflower Soup”

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    sheila — November 28, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    This looks so good. Love the addition of carrots, and the cutey patootie fishy pretzels YUM!

    • megan replied: — November 28th, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      what is it about fish pretzels that makes everything better?? :)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 28, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Miss Megan! How did you know I eat pretzel fishies with my soup? We must be twins. And any kind of soup with cheese as the base has my name written ALL over it. this is a must make this chilly winter season!! the added veggies hiding in there? what a bonus!

    • megan replied: — November 28th, 2012 @ 9:20 am

      haha so glad I’m not alone on the fish pretzels :) Mike absolutely loves those things!

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    Brenda M — December 3, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    I tried this recipe on the weekend and it was DELICIOUS! It is now on my list of go-to-soup-recipes and may even replace my Butternut-Pear as a favourite.

    • megan replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      So glad you liked it!! But I have to say, butternut pear sounds delicious!

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    Dena — December 3, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Is it possible to make this on the stovetop and not in a crockpot?

    • megan replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 6:59 am

      Yes, definitely! Instead of doing the first step in the crockpot, just simmer everything on the stove until the vegetables are tender. Then puree and continue with the recipe.

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    Laura — December 10, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I made this cheesy cauliflower soup yesterday. My husband and I love it! I even bought the pretzel goldfish. Yum! I topped mine off with sour cream. I did not have Worcestershire sauce so I added some honey-mustard instead. This recipe was delicious!!! Thanks for another good recipe.

    • megan replied: — December 12th, 2012 @ 6:19 am

      So glad you liked it! Love that you bought pretzel goldfish too :)

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