Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

I’ve never really been big into soups but I’ve been wanting to use my immersion blender more. It always seemed cool to stick the blender into a pot and mix up a soup.  I underestimated how good soup could be and this one turned out really well.  It can be a great side or even become the whole meal!

Finished Cheddar Cauliflower SoupIt turned out really well!
Raw Cauliflower

Start with a whole head of cauliflower.  Rinse it off and cut it into chunks.  The green stuff all gets thrown away.Oiled Cauliflower with salt and pepper

To cook the cauliflower, I lined a pan with foil and placed it all in there.  Then I drizzled it with olive oil and added salt and pepper.  I then mixed it all around to spread out the spices and olive oil. This then went in the oven to cook.Chopped Onions Next, dice a medium onion.  It will all get blended anyway so the size and shape of the cuts are not too important.

Frying Bacon

Now for the bacon!  I cooked the bacon in a pot because I only wanted to use one dish for the whole meal. I chopped them up a little bit so it would fit easier.Aged Cheddar

While the bacon is cooking, we can work on the cheese.  This recipe is best with an aged cheddar.  Here I used 3 year aged cheddar.Shredded CheddarShred the cheddar using a food processor.

Frying Onions

When the bacon is done, remove it from the pan and keep the bacon grease intact.  Then throw the onions in and cook them until translucent.  Once the onions are done, throw in the garlic and thyme and cook for a minute or so more.  You don’t want to burn the garlic.Chicken Broth

Now time for the chicken broth!Broth and Onions

Add the chicken broth to the onion, garlic and thyme mixture and deglaze the pan.  Bring the liquid to a boil.Finished Cauliflower

At this point, the cauliflower should be properly roasted and starting to brown on the edges.Cauliflower in broth

Throw the cauliflower into the liquid, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.Immersion blender and cauliflower

Now comes the fun part!  After the cauliflower has been simmering, get out your immersion blender and start blending!  You basically just stick it in there and hit the button!  At first you might need to pull it all the way out and push it on top of the cauliflower to break it up.  However, once it gets started it will blend it almost automatically. Blended Cauliflower

Here’s the fully blended cauliflower.Adding the cheese

Next, throw the cheese in there and blend again!Adding the bacon

After the cheese, crumble the bacon and mix with a spoon.Adding Cream

Then add cream.

Finished Cheddar Cauliflower SoupThat’s it!  Optionally you can add some shredded Parmesan on the top.

Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Soup
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 225 g (1/6th)
  • Calories: 337
  • Fat: 25
  • Carbohydrates: 11
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 18
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cauliflower Head (1.016 kg)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion (169 g)
  • 4 Slices Bacon
  • 12 Oz. Aged Cheddar
  • 1 tsp Ground Thyme
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Oz Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Instructions
  1. Dice up the cauliflower, place it on a foil lined sheet, and drizzle with olive oil
  2. Salt and pepper the cauliflower and bacon at 375 degrees for 35 minutes
  3. Cook the bacon until crisp, ideally use a large pot that can fit the soup
  4. Dice a medium onion and fry it in the bacon grease
  5. Once the onion is done, add in the garlic and thyme and cook for 30 seconds to a minute
  6. Add the Chicken Broth and cauliflower, then simmer covered for 20 minutes
  7. While the cauliflower is simmering, shred some aged (ideally 3+ years) cheddar
  8. Using an immersion blender, blend the cauliflower into a soup
  9. Add the cheese and blend more
  10. Add the bacon and cream and mix together with a spoon
 

6 comments

  1. This looks great! Have you ever made it with broccoli instead of cauliflower?- if so, how’d it turn out?

  2. I’ve made cauliflower cheese soup a bizillian times and never once ever thought to put bacon crisps into it. I KNOW that’ll be a winner! LOVE that idea!

  3. Maybe you’ll see this even though it’s an old post… was just wondering how it reheated? I love soup but it’s just me so I’m always cautious about making a big pot of it.

  4. Just made this tonight! Very excellent and delicious. I used aged yellow cheddar instead, as well as a generous portion of parmesan cheese. I don’t own an immersion blender so I blended the soup in an actual standing blender, about 2 cups at a time. Worked perfectly and tastes great.

  5. My Family loved it!! Was a big hit this weekend!! I was told next to double the recipe!!!

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