Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Similar to the Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup, this lightened up version has cauliflower for added creaminess, sharp cheddar cheese and paprika for a kick of flavor and leeks for a slight crunch without the fat, calories and sodium you would find in a restaurants version.

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I had never used a leak before and when Ryan and I picked one up in the grocery store he asked if we needed soil and planter for it.  We were both pretty amused by this tree called a leek, but after using them I realized just how versatile (and beautiful) they can be.

leek up close

This Cheddar Cauliflower Soup is a perfect meal that keeps you full and happy - and really that's all we ask for right?  Enjoy!

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Cheddar Cauliflower Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 large leeks, stem and dark green leaves removed, slicing only the white and light green parts thinly and rinsing thoroughly. See How To:Leeks for directions.
  • 2 1/2 C low fat or fat free milk
  • 2 C sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 C water
  • 3 TBS all purpose flour
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 1/2 TBS black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  1. Heat a large saucepan with oil and cook leeks until soft, about 5 minutes
  2. Add 2 cups of the milk, water, cauliflower, bay leaf, paprika, salt and pepper and stir, bringing to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and stir occasionally until cauliflower is soft.
  3. In a bowl, mix 1/2 C milk and flour into a roux.
  4. Once cauliflower is soft, remove bay leaf, add milk mixture and cheese and stir. Break up the florets and mush some of them up a little.
  5. Serve with extra cheese and leek sprinkled on top
Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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