Cheddar Cauliflower Soup


Start your meal off with a bowl of this satisfying, easy cheesy cauliflower soup.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings, 1 cup each


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed

  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower florets (from 1 medium head)

  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk, divided

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon white or black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower, 2 cups milk, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is soft, about 8 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup milk and flour in a small bowl. When the cauliflower is soft, remove the bay leaf and stir in the milk mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the soup has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese and lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 10g 19%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Vitamin A 746IU 15%
Vitamin C 29mg 32%
Folate 58mcg 14%
Sodium 482mg 21%
Calcium 273mg 21%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 320mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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