Cheddar Cauliflower Soup With Bacon – One pot meals like this Cheddar Cauliflower Soup With Bacon are family friendly and they help take the stress out of the dreaded aftermath aka clean-up of preparing a meal. I think that’s one of the main reasons I love one pot meals and casseroles so very much. If you love creamy potato soup, you will likely love this cauliflower soup too, it’s very similar and packs just as much comfort.
Add 32 oz chicken stock and the cauliflower florets. Cook over medium-high until fork tender, around 10 minutes. Lower the heat to medium.
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Cheddar Cauliflower Soup With Bacon
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 large head cauliflower separated into florets
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 medium carrot diced
- 1 rib celery diced
- 2 Tbsp butter or olive oil
- seasoned salt and black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes [optional]
- 2 clove garlic minced
- 32 oz low sodium chicken stock
- 1  oz onion and chive cream cheese softened
- 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus additional for garnishing
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 cup cold milk
- 2 green onion sliced
- In a large pot or dutch oven, fry the bacon slices until crisp then remove with a slotted spoon. Reserve 2 Tbsp of drippings in the pot.
- Add 2 Tbsp of butter or a couple of drizzles of olive oil to the reserved drippings. Saute the diced onion, carrot and celery in the drippings until softened and beginning to brown, around 5 minutes.
- Add the red pepper flakes and minced garlic, cooking until the garlic is fragrant around 1-2 minutes. Season with seasoned salt and black pepper to your taste.
- Add 32 oz chicken stock and the cauliflower florets. Cook over medium-high until fork tender, around 10 minutes. Lower the heat to medium.
- Add the softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese to the pot. Stir until completely melted and combined.
- Dissolve 3 Tbsp cornstarch in 1 cup cold milk. Stir into the soup. Repeat, if you'd like to add more liquid.
- Cook just until heated through and the soup has thickened. Adjust the seasonings to your taste.
- Add the crumbled bacon and stir well. Reserve some bacon crumbles for garnishing.
- Serve immediately with shredded cheese, sliced green onion and bacon crumbles on top, if desired