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Cheddar Cauliflower Soup with Bacon

Cheddar Cauliflower Soup with Bacon

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower-recipes, cauliflower-soup-recipes, cheddar-cauliflower-soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 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
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 32 oz container low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 8 oz container 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 onions sliced


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, fry the bacon slices until crisp then remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. 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 onion, carrot and celery in the drippings until softened and beginning to brown, around 5 minutes.
  • Add 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 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 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


Lower fat diary products will also work well in this soup.