Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

By Rebecca Walton, wlr team

This soup is really comforting... quick and easy to make it can be on your table in 30 minutes. If you don't have smoked cheese a good mature cheddar will work well too.

Suitable for Vegetarians

  • Recipe makes: 6 servings
  • Prep time:
    5 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Calories: 194
    per serving


  • 30g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 600g cauliflower (1 med head)
  • 250g maris piper potatoes
  • 3 bay leaves, dried
  • 1 chicken or veg stock cube
  • 1L water
  • 100g smoked cheddar, grated
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1/5 tsp cayenne peper
  • 6 tsp soured cream
  • 2 garlic cloves


  1. Peel and dice the potato into 2cm chunks, peel and crush the garlic, peel and finely dice the onion, break the cauliflower into florets.
    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Ingredients
  2. Melt the butter in a large heavy bottomed pan on a low/medium heat (you'll need one with a lid). Add all the vegetables, the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper - saute with the lid on for 5-7 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Saute Vegetables
  3. Make the stock cube up to 1 litre with boiling water and add to the pan. Allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes and cauliflower are just tender.
    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Simmer with Stock
  4. Take off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and blend with a stick blender. You'll need to do this for a good 5 minutes until smooth. Put back on a very low heat, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Blend
  5. Add the cheese a small handful at a time and stir through. Once the cheese has melted and combined.
    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Add Cheese
  6. Serve the soup with a tsp of sour cream and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Served

 Sprinkle on some chilli flakes as a garnish if you want to give it a bit of a kick.


Substitute a vegetable stock cube, use non-dairy butter and cheese, and leave out the sour cream to make this recipe vegan.

Nutrition information per serving
Calories (kcal)194
Carbohydrate (g)12.8
Fat (g)11.9
Protein (g)9.1
Fibre (g)2.6
Alcohol (g)0.0
Fruit & Veg1.8

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