Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

When I made my new Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup a couple weeks ago, I didn’t realize I was starting a trend.  Requests for more came fast and furious–and each new batch disappeared even faster.  Then, far too soon, the broccoli was gone. 

Time for something similar, but with a character all its own–Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup.  

Flavored with rich cheese & cumin, then dotted with chopped red pepper & carrot chunks, this Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup tastes as good as it looks.

Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

In the back of my mind, when I decided to create this, was a beautiful soup I cut from a magazine years ago.  White as the driven snow, it turned out lovely—but had the flavor appeal of paste.  So my new goal was to do a nice white soup–that we actually wanted to eat. Accented with some nice reds and oranges from carrots and red pepper.

Eat a rainbow.  

Flavored with rich cheese & cumin, then dotted with chopped red pepper & carrot chunks, this Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup tastes as good as it looks.

Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup from above

I based the recipe on my broccoli cheese soup, but changed up the spices to keep it pale colored.  So, turmeric and Dijon mustard became cumin and dry mustard.  Orange cheddar gave way to pale fontina.  (You can also use monterey jack or another white melting cheese.)   And this time I did some pureeing to make the body of the soup more opaque. 

The new Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup was a success and is now subbing for its mama and warming our souls.  Important now, as winter alternatively freezes us and gives us us tantalizing glimpses of spring to come. 

But a perfect reason to eat more soup! 

Flavored with rich cheese & cumin, then dotted with chopped red pepper & carrot chunks, this Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup tastes as good as it looks.

A bite of Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

Cheesy Cauliflower Confettti Soup
Yields 6
Flavored with rich cheese & cumin, then dotted with chopped red pepper & carrot chunks, this Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup tastes as good as it looks.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
278 calories
17 g
60 g
18 g
14 g
11 g
405 g
1083 g
4 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
405g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278
Calories from Fat 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 11g
54%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 60mg
20%
Sodium 1083mg
45%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
84%
Vitamin C
127%
Calcium
28%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 T butter or oil
  2. 1 small onion
  3. 3 cloves garlic
  4. 1/3 cup flour
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin
  6. ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  7. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 4 cups chopped cauliflower (about 1 head)
  9. 5 c vegetable broth (or chicken)
  10. 1 red pepper, cut into ¼ inch cubes
  11. 1 cup carrot shreds (half a 10 ounce bag), chopped into shorter pieces
  12. 1 cup half and half
  13. 2 cups grated fontina cheese (or other good melting cheese)
  14. salt to taste (my broth was unsalted, so I added quite a bit)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender. Stir in mustard, cayenne and cumin.
  2. Add flour and stir until completely combined. Add broth slowly, a half cup to a cup at a time, whisking to keep flour lumps from forming.
  3. When flour is incorporated bring back to a boil, add cauliflower and stir until slightly thickened and cauliflower is tender. Using a standard or immersion blender, puree some of the cauliflower until it is a consistency you like (I puree half to 2/3).
  4. Add carrots and red pepper and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in half and half, then add cheese in handfuls, stirring to melt. Taste and adjust salt.
  6. Serve warm.
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calories
278
fat
18g
protein
14g
carbs
17g
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10 thoughts on “Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

  1. David

    This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! We have been in a real Collie flower mood lately, and are eating it every way possible! Tomorrow, I making Collie flower saffron soup – a request from a friend – but the next soup I make will be yours!

  2. Juliana

    I have never thought in putting together cauliflower and cheese in soup…sounds and looks delicious Inger. Thanks for the recipe!
    I hope you are having a nice week 🙂

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