Cauliflower and Potato Soup With Cheddar Cheese

Cauliflower, Potato, and Cheddar Soup. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 10 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
319 Calories
24g Fat
15g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 319
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 13g
Calcium 298mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious soup is rich and hearty, with loads of cauliflower, potatoes, and sharp Cheddar cheese. A little nutmeg and cayenne pepper help to season the soup.

Garnish this flavorful soup with a drizzling of extra virgin olive oil or, better yet, chili or garlic infused olive oil. It would also be great with flavored croutons, fresh chopped chives, a little diced cooked bacon, or a swirl of sour cream or roasted red pepper puree.

This soup makes between 2 1/2 and 3 quarts, enough for about 10 (1-cup) servings. It's perfect for a dinner party soup course or served with sandwiches for a fabulous lunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 large cauliflower head (broken into small florets, about 6 to 8 cups of florets )
  • 3 medium potatoes (yellow or gold, peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic (finely minced)
  • 4 to 6 cups chicken broth (divided)
  • 1 cup cream (light cream or heavy cream)
  • 12 ounces Cheddar cheese (shredded sharp, or a combination of sharp and mild Cheddars)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Sea salt to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, chopped celery, cauliflower, potatoes, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add 4 to 5 cups of chicken broth, or enough to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 25 to 35 minutes until vegetables are very tender.

  2. Stir in the cream, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg, cayenne, and pepper.

  3. Using a blender, purée the soup in about 4 batches until smooth. You could also use an immersion/handheld blender right in the pan. Return the puréed soup to the stovetop and heat through, adding more chicken broth if a thinner soup is desired. Taste and add salt, as needed.

  4. Garnish the soup with a drizzling of extra virgin olive oil, or a chili or garlic infused olive oil. It would also be delicious with flavored croutons, fresh chopped chives, a little diced cooked bacon, or a swirl of sour cream or roasted red pepper puree.

Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.