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Cauliflower Soup

4.97 from 125 votes

You’ll want to make this super easy cauliflower soup recipe over and over again for dinner, because it is so unbelievably creamy and delicious!

The Best Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe

The best cauliflower soup recipe

It seriously might become one of your new favorite recipes.

If you’re looking for a simple cauliflower soup that is perfect for guests or serving as a quick and healthy weeknight family meal, this is definitely the soup recipe to try.

The thick and cheesy cauliflower soup tastes like something you would find at a fancy candle-lit restaurant. And yet, the entire recipe can be thrown together in under twenty minutes, from start to finish.

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Healthy Vegan Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Easy

Low Carb

Dairy Free

Just 6 Ingredients

This is pure healthy comfort food in a bowl. And with so few ingredients, the creamy cauliflower soup has no business being so good.

The recipe can also be vegan, keto, gluten free, Whole30, paleo, sugar free, soy free, and oil free. But it’s so rich and savory, you will forget all of these things while eating.

It tastes like a healthier version of loaded baked potato soup!

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Cauliflower Soup Ingredients

Cauliflower soup ingredients

This recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients: garlic, cauliflower, shallots or onion, salt, onion power, and your favorite milk of choice.

Optional garnishes include chopped chives or scallions (green onions), roasted cauliflower florets, broccoli, mushrooms, or carrots, croutons, bacon bits (some brands are actually vegetarian), cheddar, parsley, etc.

To make a dairy free and vegan cauliflower soup, I like to use cashew or almond milk. Or I will sometimes make it with canned coconut milk for an ultra rich version.

The coconut milk option is especially good if you throw in a little turmeric or curry powder, ginger, and pepper for an Indian cauliflower soup.

The optional butter or oil adds a rich flavor. Or you can omit it for a low fat or Weight Watchers friendly keto cauliflower soup that is still creamy and delicious.

With cauliflower as the base and no heavy cream or potato, the recipe is pretty low calorie even if you do want to add the optional fat.

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How to make cauliflower soup

Read over the recipe, and gather all of your ingredients.

Add the cauliflower, onion or shallot, garlic, salt, onion powder, and milk of choice to a medium pot, and bring this mixture to a full boil.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is soft. Stir in the cheese (if using), and pulverize with an immersion or regular blender. Serve hot. The recipe is great with cornbread, garlic toast, or English muffins.

Let the soup cool before covering leftovers or dividing into airtight meal prep containers and refrigerating for three to five days. You can also freeze leftover soup for up to four months. Thaw and reheat on the stove top before serving.

Recipe note: Feel free to roast the cauliflower first if desired. I usually skip that step and start with raw cauliflower instead of roasted, for a fast and simple cauliflower soup.

Above – watch the recipe video for the cauliflower soup

Crock pot recipe

To make cauliflower soup in a crock pot, combine all ingredients except the optional cheese in a slow cooker. I like this Crockpot 8 Quart Slow Cooker.

Cover and cook for four to six hours, until cauliflower is soft. Stir in the cheese, if using. Blend with an immersion or regular blender until the soup is thick and creamy.

Instant pot cauliflower soup

To make the recipe in an Instant Pot, simply combine all ingredients except the optional cheese in a 6 quart pressure cooker.

Lock the lid and pressure cook on high for six minutes. Let it natural pressure release for fifteen minutes before using quick release to let the remaining pressure out.

Stir in the cheese if desired. Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to pulverize the soup until smooth and creamy.

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Healthy Cauliflower Soup
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Cauliflower Soup

This thick, creamy, and surprisingly healthy cauliflower soup recipe is an easy dinner the whole family will love.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 cups
5 from 125 votes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
  • 2 shallots or 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder, and optional pinch nutmeg
  • 4 cups milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp butter or oil – or omit for fat free
  • optional 1 1/2 cups cheese shreds

Instructions

  • *There's a video above in the post for everyone who finds it helpful to watch a recipe being made step-by-step. Instructions for crock pot and instant pot cauliflower soup are also listed above.
    To make the cauliflower soup, simply add all ingredients except optional cheese to a medium pot. Bring to a full boil. Once boiling, cook on medium—stirring occasionally—for 10 minutes or until cauliflower is soft. If using, stir in cheese until melted. Use a blender or immersion blender to pulverize the soup until creamy. Garnish if desired. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen for another day. If you try the recipe, please feel free to leave a comment or rate it below!
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Notes

You can also turn the recipe into Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce.
 

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  1. JoAnn M Lakes says

    I just opened 2 bags of frozen cauliflower florets and tossed together with the rest of the ingredients, pureed, and dinner with no-oil balsamic croutons and pepper on top! Easy peasy! Nice!!!!

  2. Michelle says

    This cauliflower soup was SO GOOD! I added cheddar cheese so it wasn’t vegan, but it was still I’m sure much healthier than the baked potato soup from Panera, and it tasted just as good! My kids loved it too, so that’s a huge plus.
    10/10 I will be making this recipe again.

  3. Gabrielle says

    I still haven’t found a vegan cheese brand that I really like; would this still be good with nutritional yeast?

  4. Karen says

    Quick and easy especially in the instant pot. Great recipe. I garnished with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro to give a bit of zip.

  5. Melinda says

    I usually love all your recipes, but I was not a hugeeee fan of this one. I used a whole cauliflower head, but did not measure to see if it was 6 cups (so there’s a chance that my cauliflower head was extra small?), and the result just seemed very milky. I should have used less milk…or more cauliflower? Also, once I poured it from the pot to my blender, it BARELY fit in there! Something to be careful of. : /
    But it definitely wasn’t bad. My husband enjoyed it and had seconds. 🙂

  6. Christine Whittington says

    I accidentally made the soup with unsweetened vanilla cashew milk instead of plain. It tasted like maybe it was made with coconut milk! Not a problem! 😉

  7. Katie Rose says

    This cauliflower soup is delicious. I used the leftover soup today as a veggie bechamel in scalloped potatoes. It was so good. Keep those awesome recipes coming.

  8. Jennifer says

    This was so good that I’ve made it 2 times already. Thanks for sharing! I used unsweetened almond milk and didn’t use the oil or the cheese. I did add a veggie broth cube though. I love when you post savory recipes!

    • Beth says

      I made this, but used a little reverse instruction. I put everything in the blender first! Then cooked it and added my cheese. VERY GOOD!

  9. Lily says

    Husband and I are doing vegan 5 nights a week just to help us lose weight. I tried 3 of your recipes this week, the cauliflower soup included! I was shocked how good this was. It really was like a potato soup – so very thick & creamy – very satisfying! I used unsweetened coconut “beverage” that came in the 4 cup carton and my immersion blender. My husband was skeptical but now it’s in the monthly rotation – THANK YOU KATIE!!!

  10. Katie Rose says

    I just put the makings of this soup in the crock pot. This is the second time I’ve made it. It’s so delicious, thick and creamy. In lieu of butter I added half tsp of butter flavored extract. No cheese.
    Last time I used some of it as a bechamel sauce and made scalloped potatoes. Yummy!!
    Keep your great recipes coming!

  11. Molly says

    We made this for Valentine’s Day! We paired it with Imagine super reds soup in one bowl and topped with heart shaped crouton. They were delicious together but your cauliflower soup was my favorite. Will definitely make again! Also made your sugar cookies for Valentine’s desert. Thanks Katie!

  12. Lori says

    This was great. A little too smooth for me, so I added pepper and crushed red pepper. Then it was perfect!

  13. Michele says

    This is hands down the best cauliflower soup recipe I’ve ever made (out of three others). It was easy to make and got big thumbs up from the kids too 🙂

  14. Lori Souter says

    can you use half and half or heavy cream in leu of milk or maybe a mixture of milk and cream in this recipe?

  15. Laurie L says

    Hello Katie,
    I made this soup tonight for our supper in my Instant Pot. I sauteed the onion and garlic with 3 tablespoons of olive oil on the saute setting, turned off the IP, added the remaining ingredients, except for the cheese, and turned it back on on pressure cooking for six minutes, as described. I’m wondering why you didn’t write in your recipe to use the soup setting? (Anyway, it turned out fine.)
    Instead of 4 cups of milk I used 2.5 cups of commercial almond milk (as that’s all I had on hand) and 1.5 cups water, which turned out a bit thin, but was fine. Instead of blending the cheese into it, I sprinkled each bowl with two tablespoons of grated vegan ‘cheddar’ Daiya cheese, which provided a lovely colour contrast and made it a nice texture

  16. Ria says

    Love this simple recipe!

    I do tend to sub with whatever I need to use up. A couple carrots or some potatoes. And it’s so simple, ridiculously quick and tastes spectacular!

    Have made it about 3 or 4 times now.

  17. Recifit says

    cauliflower soup has unique antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and protect against many diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

  18. Linda says

    while i was bringing it to the boil the milk burned on the bottom of the pot.
    i should have known. wont do that again

  19. Brandi Keller says

    This recipe was super easy and so tasty! Already a go-to in this household. About to make this for a second time in a week and will be trying it with frozen cauliflower this go ’round.

    We loaded ours up with cheese, bacon, and green onion. Great subsitutute for a loaded baked poatato soup.

  20. Kendall says

    I’ve made this cauliflower soup recipe five times since I found it. Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it. This is REALLY good!

  21. ELIZABETH says

    I’m happy this was easy and is pretty healthy, but I’m not wowed by the taste–I could be eating cream of wheat, despite the onions, garlic, and cheese in it. But there are so many people who love it, I’ll just say, to each his or her own.

  22. Sarah says

    So perfect! Husband loved it too. This doubled easily in my large crock pot. I immediately divided it in half. We had half with cheddar last night and I’ll turn the other half into the Alfredo sauce later. Thanks Katie!

  23. Katie says

    This was delicious! I made it my own by adding in a can of white beans, half a bell pepper, and extra onions because I wanted more protein and a little more flavor!
    Definitely be making this again!

  24. Gina says

    One of the best and easiest cauliflower soup recipes ever! I used whole milk and about 1/2 cup cream 😉 and I threw in one vegetable bullion cube for a little more flavor!

  25. Lucky Woman says

    If using frozen cauliflower florets, do you defrost and squeeze out excess water first? Thanks! Love all your recipes!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! Pretty much any type of milk will work, but thicker milks will yield a creamier result. If you have a creamy ricemilk you like, you can go with that. We like either canned coconut milk or creamy almond milk.

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