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Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

I am lucky Josh likes vegetables since I am a vegetarian. He doesn’t mind if meat doesn’t make an appearance at the dinner table. And if he is in the mood for some meat, he will make it himself to go with whatever we are having. I am also lucky he can cook:)

Cauliflower is the one vegetable that Josh can’t stand. No matter how many times I try to convince him it is fabulous, he always turns up his nose…until I made Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup.

I wasn’t expecting Josh to eat this soup, but to my surprise, he said he would try it. I had to feel his forehead to make sure he wasn’t sick. He didn’t have a fever and seemed fine, so I ladled the Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup into a bowl for him. I nearly fainted when he said he liked it. I told him it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he didn’t want to eat it, but he devoured the entire bowl.

This soup is buttery and creamy…without any butter or cream. The roasted cauliflower is rich and filling, but without all of the calories. I did add a little white cheddar cheese to the soup for extra flavor. I used aged white cheddar which is a stronger cheese, so I didn’t have to use as much. I seasoned the soup with fresh thyme and rosemary.

This simple soup is perfect for a cold January day. I like to serve this soup with a salad and crusty bread or homemade croutons.

Even if you don’t like cauliflower, you should try this Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup. Josh liked it and he detests the white vegetable. I am still in shock he not only ate it, but LIKED it. And Caleb LOVED it. This soup is his favorite so far! I couldn’t feed him the soup fast enough.

If you are looking for a nutritious soup to start the new year, make this Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup. It’s a good one!

Looking for more healthy recipes? Check out our post on 75 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2013.

Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

Yield: Serves 4-6

This creamy cauliflower soup is rich and creamy...without any cream!


1 ( 1 1/2 pound ) head of cauliflower, cut into florets
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower and garlic cloves in the olive oil until well coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place on a large baking sheet, in a single layer. Roast the cauliflower until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes. Set aside.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat, add the onion and celery and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Chop up the roasted garlic. Add the garlic, roasted cauliflower, vegetable broth, thyme, and rosemary and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so that the mixture simmers and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 20-25 minutes.

3. Using an immersion blender (or in batches in a blender or food processor), blend the soup until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve warm. We like to serve the bread with crusty bread or homemade croutons.

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145 Responses to “Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup”

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  1. Rosa — January 2, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    Delicious and comforting.

    Best wishes for 2013!



  2. I have to laugh, every blog I went to so far today has been soup! Perfect weather for it. I just love cauliflower soup and yours looks amazing!!

  3. megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 2, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    yum!! I just saw a recipe for roasted cauliflower soup, but it didn’t include cheese – I like your version better :)

  4. Erica — January 2, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    I make a similar soup on the regular!! Josh and I are huge fans of cauliflower soup- so darn yummy. Hope you’re having a good new year so far

  5. Elizabeth Ann — January 2, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I’ve never tried Cauliflower Cheddar soup! :-) Sounds amazing!

  6. Emmanuelle — January 2, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Sounds delicious! I will try it very soon, we are soup fans, here! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Mercedes — January 2, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    I love when my husband devours something that I wouldn’t expect him to like too! This soup looks so rich and creamy, yet it is so healthy! I cannot wait to make it! Happy New Year!

  8. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 2, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    I could dive right into this soup, Maria! So comforting and delicious! YUM! Happy New Year!

  9. Julie — January 2, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    I love how creamy cauliflower soup gets — no cream needed!

  10. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 2, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    If I could swim in this soup, I would. YUMMY!

  11. Alison C — January 2, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    This soup sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I may need to make a quick trip to the store so it can be on the menu tonight.

  12. Cookin' Canuck — January 2, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    We’ve been using lots of cauliflower in our soups, too, and I love how pureeing it naturally thickens the soup. I can see why Josh liked this so much!

  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 2, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Mmm so awesome sounding!

  14. april — January 2, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    These are some beautiful photos!

  15. I don’t normally like cauliflower either, but I usually love it roasted and in soups like this one. I love pureeing my soups, buy my hubby prefers them chunky and with some sort of meat!

  16. Looks so yummy! Like a version of broccoli cheddar soup, but roasted cauliflower sounds so good!

  17. Mary @ Bake Break — January 2, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    Wow! This looks fantastic! Cauliflower is one thing I almost never think to buy/cook with, but I love it, so I’ll have to give this a go!

  18. Vita @ Juicer Depot — January 2, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Looks super yummy! I love the smell and taste of roasted garlic and cauliflower. Wish I can try this soup this very second.

  19. Monica McGuiness — January 2, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    I am in sunny California, but it dropped to below 70 yesterday and I had to take my shorts off and wear long pants. Although it looks like it could be hot today! It’s cold for us, anything below 80 and we complain ( I am from England, so I can see the humor in this attitude).
    I was looking for a cauliflower recipe and here it is!! Super. Thanks love.

  20. Jessica Ford — January 2, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  21. Kristin — January 2, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    Sounds fantastic!!!!!!! Thank you so much! Craving a good, healthy soup recipe and I love cauliflower and with the cheese, yum … can’t wait to make this soup!

  22. Mmm…I love broccoli cheddar soup. This is a nice variation!

  23. Kurt Jennerson — January 2, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    I cannot wait to try this, it looks absolutely delicious!

  24. Paula — January 2, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    With cauliflower being on sale this week, I will have to give this a try. Looks yummy.

  25. Diana @ Eating Made Easy — January 2, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    I have been searching for a yummy soup to add to our dinner menu this week! Finally found it, thank you! Although Josh probably won’t like it, you should try cauliflower mashed potatoes we made them for Xmas and they were so tasty I couldn’t believe it!

  26. Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 2, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    Yummo…roasting the cauliflower gives the soup even more flavor!

  27. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — January 2, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    I made cauliflower soup a couple of weeks ago and it was SO good. Roasted cauliflower is especially tasty…This may have to be my next cauliflower recipe :)

  28. Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 2, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    I definitely need heaven to help me.

  29. Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 2, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    My husband is as meat-and-potatoes as they come but he also loves vegetarian meals. This is right up our alley!

  30. Julie @ Table for Two — January 2, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    that’s so awesome Josh ended up loving this soup! it looks so warm and comforting!

  31. Joanne — January 2, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    My boyfriend THINKS he doesn’t like cauliflower either but in my opinion, he hasn’t given it a fair chance. Pretty sure I could convince him with this!

  32. The Hungry Housewife — January 2, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Ohhhh, this does look good! It must be divine since your hubby ate it!

  33. Connie the Cookie Monster — January 2, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    mmm this would taste so good in a bread bowl!

  34. Jenny — January 3, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I can’t wait to make this soup this weekend! And it’s the perfect excuse to use the new immersion blender we got as a wedding present. :)

  35. carrian — January 3, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I’ve never had cauliflower soup before. I’ll totally have to try it!

  36. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 3, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    YUM, I love roasted cauliflower! I just made some potato soup with roasted cauliflower yesterday!

  37. Ashley — January 3, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Such a cute story to go along with this fabulous looking soup! It’s so cold here, this would be perfect for lunch today.

  38. heather — January 3, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    I love a good, comforting soup, and this one looks yummy! I am a fan of cauliflower.


  39. Becky @ Project Domestication — January 3, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    What a yummy recipe. I can’t wait to make it. And don’t you just love when someone enjoys something they never have before?

  40. najwa kronfel — January 3, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    Warm and delicious. Happy new year!

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