Cauliflower Soup with Smoked Gouda


This healthy cauliflower soup recipe gets its great flavor from two smoked ingredients--paprika and Gouda. A hearty serving of crunchy croutons makes it filling.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 3 cups cubed whole-wheat bread (1/2-inch)

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper, divided

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme plus 1 tablespoon, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and chopped

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or no-chicken broth, divided

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • ¾ cup shredded smoked Gouda

  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Toss bread in a bowl with 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and garlic powder. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until crispy, 14 to 18 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and salt, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very soft and barely starting to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon white pepper and 1 tablespoon thyme; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add wine, increase heat to high and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.

  4. Add cauliflower and 3 1/2 cups broth, cover and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is very tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  5. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender (or in batches in a regular blender and return to the pot). Combine the remaining 1/2 cup broth and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir into the soup. Return to a simmer over medium heat; simmer, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and cream. Serve the soup topped with the croutons.

    Cauliflower Soup with Smoked Gouda


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate soup for up to 3 days; make croutons just before serving.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
19g Fat
38g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 19g 37%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 922IU 18%
Vitamin C 76mg 85%
Folate 126mcg 32%
Sodium 614mg 27%
Calcium 269mg 21%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 75mg 18%
Potassium 929mg 20%

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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