Cauliflower Soup (Sopa de Coliflor)

I think I’ve mentioned before that I am not a cauliflower fan, but I started the year in a cauliflower recipes testing mood :) Do you remember the mashed cauliflower I made at the beginning of the year? If not, don’t worry here is the recipe. Anyway I made this cauliflower and cheese soup last week for lunch and we loved it. Cauliflower is the perfect ingredient for a smooth and velvety soup. I guess I am loving cauliflower now. Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish


Melt the butter and olive oil in a medium pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots and cauliflower florets. Stir well with a wooden spoon.

Add the broth to the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the cumin, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 25 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, discard the bay leaf and add the cheese. Stir well with a wooden spoon. Transfer the soup to a blender or using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Return the soup to the pot and add the cream. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and divide into serving bowls. Sprinkle red pepper flakes. Serve warm.

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  1. says

    I have been wanting to try my hand at cauliflower soup for some time now. I remember having it as a child and haven’t had it since. Thanks for the “push”, it looks so delicious and satisfying.

  2. says

    That’s it, nothing but a basket full of cauliflower at the market today! I believe this is twice you have had me drooling over this wonderful vegetable…so I promise a post on something made with it!

    I am singing the soup song now…there is a soup song really :) Carol King

  3. says

    Cauliflower is a vegetable so full of surprises – I used to think it was boring, but then it keeps being the star of the most wonderful recipes all over the world!

  4. says

    I’m starting to learn how great cauliflower is lately. I didn’t used to like them much but I’ve been having lots of great experiences with them lately and just love it! This soup would be another good one to try! Yum!

  5. says

    Its funny how something you do not like can sometimes pull you in – I used to feel that way about cauliflower thought it tasted blah, but I’ve changed my mind and cannot wait to have some in this tasty sounding soup.

  6. Jane says

    A bit late, but just wanted to let you know that I made this soup on Saturday for a Sunday night get together. The fact that we are now going through electricity rationing means things must be done ahead. We can’t get cheddar cheese now in Vzla. so I used some grated Edam (national). It was the cumin that made me try the recipe and the chili flakes on top. A different twist to cauliflower soup and everyone came back for more. Thanks!

  7. Kimberly says

    Eating this soup now. I tweaked it just a bit. I roasted the cauliflower and carrots then added it to the onion and garlic. Great flavor. I omitted the cheddar (seemed to me that it might clash with the parm.) Overall, we’re very satisfied. Thank you.

  8. Miriam Ariano says

    Hola Erica,
    Descubri tu blog ayer cuando mi hija me queria mostrar una foto de un “Colombian Hot Dog” que habia probado y que estaba exquisito. Yo, aunque Colombiana, nunca he probado uno pero ya eso va a cambiar pronto! Me gusta mucho la cantidad de recetas de panes ya que parecen ser muy faciles de hacer y ademas deliciosos. Hoy voy a comenzar con el pandebono. Ya reportare el resultado.

    Gracias por tu aporte a nuestra cultura.

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