Cauliflower Soup (Sopa de Coliflor)

by Erica Dinho on January 22, 2010

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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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carla January 22, 2010 at 10:45 AM

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 Sarah Naveen January 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Oh Erica..What a splendid bowl of soup….Perfect for the weather here…Pass me that bowl..Oooh i m drooling


3 doggybloggy January 22, 2010 at 11:38 AM

love the chile flecks – I happen to love cauliflower and cheese so this perfect for me.


4 Chef E January 22, 2010 at 1:07 PM

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


5 Amalia January 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Erika I am not a cauliflower fan either, but with this soup ill give a try


6 Kim January 22, 2010 at 1:51 PM

This recipe sounds a lot like my recipe for broccoli cheese soup. I would love to try this – it looks delicious!


7 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM

This looks so delicious! I love cauliflower and have been thinking about making a soup soon!


8 Erica January 22, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


9 Barbara January 22, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I am a cauliflower fan and this soup looks divine! Going to save the recipe for our next cold snap!


10 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 22, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I love the cheddar and parmesan combo with the cauliflower, very yummy!


11 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 22, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Can’t believe a cauliflower could look this GOOD!


12 Jhonny Walker January 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM


Cauliflower is my fave thing. You can very quickly fall in love with it :) I hated it as a kid, But now its my all time fave thingy!


13 Erica January 22, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site :)


14 Arlene January 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM

I love cauliflower and made a cauliflower soup a few month’s back. This recipe is completely different,though, and I intend to try it.


15 rebecca subbiah January 22, 2010 at 8:36 PM

oh wow cauliflower cheese in a bowl bet your fam loved it


16 Joy January 22, 2010 at 8:44 PM

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!


17 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes January 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM

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!


18 KennyT January 22, 2010 at 9:12 PM

It looks so creamy and yummy!!


19 Ruth January 23, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Sounds amazing. Just curious as to how the cumin affects the flavour. does it make it slightly spicy?


20 Erica January 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Ruth- I use cumin in almost all my dishes, it gives this soup a special flavor, but not spicy.


21 PIERRE January 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Hi Erica
Nice way to make the children love cauli flower !!cheers from Pierre


22 Faith January 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM

This soup looks so luxuriously smooth and velvety…I will be making this soon! Thanks Erica!


23 Oysterculture January 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

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.


24 Soma January 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I am a cauliflower fan and a big one :-) Not so much of the cheese. would make this sans the cheese.


25 Karen January 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM

This looks great… beautiful color, too!


26 Jane January 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

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!


27 Erica January 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Jane- Thank you so much for the feedback!


28 Kimberly April 12, 2010 at 6:57 PM

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.


29 Erica April 12, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Kimberly- That sounds delicious!


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