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Easy Cauliflower Soup

This easy cauliflower soup recipe is thick, creamy, and bursting with feel-good flavors. Serve with a salad and crusty bread for a delicious dinner or pair with a steak sandwich for a drool-worthy soup and sandwich combo!

Two crocks with cauliflower soup with sour cream drizzle

I’m happy and not just because the flavor of this soup is delicious and the texture is satisfying. I’m happy because Christopher has come around. His opinion of soup has changed.

He never really considered it a proper meal. He always thought it was a side dish… of sorts.  Here are his actual words when he tasted this soup.

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“Wow, I like soup now.”

I just blinked at him. Who is this man that I’ve been married to for these many years? Is this a pod person? All these questions rolled around in my head as I sat there blinking.

“Did you hear me?” He asked.

“Yes, I just don’t believe it.”

He chuckled and spooned some more soup in his mouth.

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Helpful tips

  • I prefer to use a large head cauliflower but if you can only find medium/small cauliflower, use two.
  • Immersion blenders are a must have because it makes it easy to blend things in a pan. Which means you have less mess than if you were to transfer the soup in batches to a blender.
  • I use Trader Joe’s chicken broth, but if you want to keep it vegetarian, you can use a good vegetable broth.
  • Other than the optional sour cream drizzle, I do not use anything to thicken the soup. By that I mean, I don’t had flour, heavy cream, light cream, half & half, or milk. So you could also make it vegan if you omit any dairy and use vegetable broth.
  • A good stockpot is also a great addition to any kitchen. I use my Dutch oven a lot when I need a stockpot.
  • This is optional, but I love to drizzle sour cream on this soup. Here’s how: spoon some sour cream in a sandwich bag and cut one corner off and squeeze and pipe it on the soup.
  • Have leftovers? Transfer the soup in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • If you want to add color to the soup, add fresh thyme on the soup when you serve it, or sprinkle on shredded yellow cheddar cheese.
A brown bowl with cauliflower soup in it with sour cream dribbles on top
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How to make the easy cauliflower soup

Pre-step

Grab a Dutch oven or stock pot.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – large head of cauliflower, onion, celery, and chicken broth.

Cauliflower, onion, celery and chicken broth on the table

Step two

Cut the cauliflower into florets. Then cut the cauliflower florets in half. (A)

Left - cauliflower chopped on a red board with chicken broth in the background. Right - onion sautéed in a red pan

Step three

Heat Dutch oven on medium heat. Add olive oil and once that heats up (shimmers), add the chopped onion, celery, herbs and spices and sauté for 8 minutes. (B)

Step four

Add broth and cauliflower. (C)

Cauliflower and broth added to the easy cauliflower soup

Step five

Stir and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. (D)

Step six

Take out a four pieces of cauliflower and set aside.

Use an immersion blender and blend until the soup is smooth.

Step seven

Ladle the soup into two bowls and place two pieces of cauliflower on top of each bowl and dribble a little sour cream over the soup.

Close view of the cauliflower soup in brown crocks with salad in the back

Now for the overhead shot.

Overhead view of two crocks of soup with a white drizzle on the soup

I hope you enjoyed this easy cauliflower soup recipe. It is creamy, dreamy and delicious!

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Brown bowls of cauliflower soup with sour cream squiggles on top - square

Easy Cauliflower Soup

This easy cauliflower soup recipe is thick, creamy, and bursting with feel-good flavors. Serve with a salad and crusty bread for a delicious dinner or pair with a steak sandwich for a drool-worthy soup and sandwich combo!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Soup
Keyword: easy cauliflower soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 17kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cauliflower (large head – cut in florets and then in half)
  • large onion (chopped into smallish chunks)
  • 1 celery (1 stalk, sliced and then sliced in half)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste (or garlic cloves crushed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 32 ounces chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarian recipe)

Garnish – Optional

  • dribbles of sour cream

Instructions

  • Heat pan on medium, once that heats up, add oil.
    1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Add onions, celery, garlic, thyme and salt and sauté for 10 minutes.
    large onion, 1 celery, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • Add chicken broth and cauliflower and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and let cook for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is done.
    32 ounces chicken broth, 1 cauliflower
  • Fish out a few pieces of cauliflower and set aside for serving.
  • Either transfer batches to your food processor/blender or use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  • Ladle in bowls.
  • Place a piece of cauliflower on top and dribble some sour cream on top.  I use a small sandwich bag and fill it with 2 tablespoons of sour cream.  I cut a little hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze it on the soup.
    dribbles of sour cream
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • I prefer to use a large head cauliflower but if you can only find medium/small cauliflower, use two.
  • Immersion blenders are a must have because it makes it easy to blend things in a pan. Which means you have less mess than if you were to transfer the soup in batches to a blender.
  • I use Trader Joe’s chicken broth, but if you want to keep it vegetarian, you can use a good vegetable broth.
  • Other than the optional sour cream drizzle, I do not use anything to thicken the soup. By that I mean, I don’t had flour, heavy cream, light cream, half & half, or milk. So you could also make it vegan if you omit any dairy and use vegetable broth.
  • A good stockpot is also a great addition to any kitchen. I use my Dutch oven a lot when I need a stockpot.
  • This is optional, but I love to drizzle sour cream on this soup. Here’s how: spoon some sour cream in a sandwich bag and cut one corner off and squeeze and pipe it on the soup.
  • Have leftovers? Transfer the soup in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • If you want to add color to the soup, add fresh thyme on the soup when you serve it, or sprinkle on shredded yellow cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5 cups | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 168mg | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 15.9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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16 Comments

  1. I’m a big fan of cauliflower so I’ll definitely be trying this soup…maybe even tonight. Glad you finally got the hubby on board with soup and he understands it is a proper meal.

  2. I love it when my husband finally sees the light (aka agrees with me!) This soup looks amazing.

  3. mmm … this easy cauliflower soup looks so tender! It’s so easy! I really love cauliflower! This is perfect for me. This is a great idea for my lunch or dinner. Looks very tasty! Thank you for sharing this great recipe! YUM!!

  4. There is so much hype about the lowly cauliflower, and it is totally deserved. This soup looks so delicious. A nice chunk of gluten’free bread would make this a perfect meal.

  5. This recipe looks amazing! We are HUGE cauliflower fans in this house! Going on the menu plan stat!

  6. I would never have dreamed of cauliflower as the basis for a soup, let alone one as delicious as this one. Apparently my food imagination could use some encouragement!

  7. I have to say that was a really easy recipe. And it is so good. Also made your bacon wrap marinated scallops. They were amazing. Won’t be able to eat plan scallops wrapped in bacon again. My guest love them. Thank you

  8. I have to say that was a really easy recipe. And it is so good. Also made your bacon wrap marinated scallops. They were amazing. Won’t be able to eat plan scallops wrapped in bacon again. My guest love them. Thank you!

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