111 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Add the optional Swiss cheese for a cheesy soup.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Steam cauliflower.

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  • Melt the butter or margarine in a stockpot over medium high heat. Add leek, onion, and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in the tarragon and thyme; cook 1 minute longer. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium, and gradually stir in the wine and chicken stock. Season the soup with salt and white pepper. Add the steamed cauliflower flowerets. Simmer the soup, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

  • Puree the soup in batches in a blender, and return to the pot. Stir in the milk and cream. Gently heat just until heated through.

  • If you decide to use the Swiss cheese, stir it in and heat until melted.

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Nutrition Facts

256 calories; 18.9 g total fat; 62 mg cholesterol; 81 mg sodium. 10.3 g carbohydrates; 8.7 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2006
I had only had Cream of Cauliflower soup once in my life about seven years ago in Scotland. It was so delicious and I bragged about it for years. Since we are growing fresh cauliflower in our garden my husband suggested I try to make some. Not only was it simple but out of this world. Should you happen to get ahold of some home grown cauliflower that is definitely the way to go. Our neighbors said they've never had anything like it and bragged for hours. I don't cook with unsalted butter so I used salted which didn't seem to hurt it. I too used extra cauliflower and I did not use the cheese...didn't need it.:)
(41)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2006
I must say I was rather disappointed I wasted so much time and ingredients on this soup. The leek/spice combination made this soup taste rather odd. Also I did not like the result after pureeing in the blender. All traces of the cauliflower were just gone I couldn't even taste it. Sorry just not my idea of cream of cauliflower soup.
111 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 84
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2006
I had only had Cream of Cauliflower soup once in my life about seven years ago in Scotland. It was so delicious and I bragged about it for years. Since we are growing fresh cauliflower in our garden my husband suggested I try to make some. Not only was it simple but out of this world. Should you happen to get ahold of some home grown cauliflower that is definitely the way to go. Our neighbors said they've never had anything like it and bragged for hours. I don't cook with unsalted butter so I used salted which didn't seem to hurt it. I too used extra cauliflower and I did not use the cheese...didn't need it.:)
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2003
We found this to be wonderful with fresh local autumn cauliflower. Did not puree it much the second time...just used a potato masher in the pot a little bit. We liked the texture. Instead of Swiss I used a cheddar with garlic just because it's what I had very successfully. Kids liked it too!!
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2005
Omitted the milk and cream. Instead used 4 oz cream cheese. I also did not use swiss cheese on top. Very gourmet tasting.
(24)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2005
This is the most flavourful Cauliflower soup recipe I have ever made. Much better than Joy of Cooking which I usually make. Changes? Only had 1/2 cup of white wine and only used 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and it didn't seem to hurt the end result at all. This soup rocks.Thank you Holly...
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2006
This was very nice. The wine gave it a good taste but I felt it needed more spices so I added more tarragon and some garlic salt too. It came out a little thin even though I used cheese which thickened it some. It was overall nice though will make again. UPDATE: This is my second time making this soup and this time I doubled the amount of cauliflower and it came out nice and thick. Mmmm...
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2006
Very Good. I scaled down the milk/whipping cream liquid to 1 c. half & half for the right consistency for me. My opinion is that another c. would have made the soup too watery. Start off with half and add to your liking.
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2006
I followed the recipe exactly and when it was finished and I tasted it I was about to give it 2 stars for INCREDIBLE BLANDNESS. I wasn't serving it that day and the next day when I tried it - the soup was delicious. I would suggest that you purchase the Largest cauliflower that you can find since the 8 cups of liquid that it calls for can over power the taste of the vegetables. Thank you submitter - it is freezing outside today and I can't wait to go home and have some more soup!!!
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2008
This soup has a great base that worked beautifully. The grown-ups enjoyed the soup but the flavor I ended up with was definitely not kid-friendly. I made the following adjustments: 2 leeks and no onion; used half-and-half instead of cream/ did not steam the cauliflower and just added it raw to cook in the broth; served with chedder cheese as a garnish. I loved it! The result was a rich yummy and unexpected cream soup. Next time I think I'll keep the leeks cut back on the milk make sure my wine is really dry use swiss cheese and garnish with hot pepper for those that want more flavor. Thanks for inspiring me to put my least favorite veggies to good use!
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2008
I would rate this soup a 3.5. It seemed to be lacking some flavor. I needed to add a bunch of salt and some extra sharp cheddar to add flavor. I think next time I will use salted butter add some garlic and crushed red pepper with the onions. I will also caramelize the onions for added depth. I'm not sure how this will mix with the thyme and tarragon but it seems to be lacking a bolder flavor. If these modifications don't work I will try some fresh basil. And definitely puree all of the soup otherwise the whole vegetables are left lacking for flavor. This is a great start to a potentially superb soup. Oh and definitely cut down on the liquid. I cut the broth down to 4 cups and didn't steam the cauliflower ahead of time but let it soften in the broth to keep the flavor in the soup base and not left in a steamer. I also used all cream hoping this would bolden the flavor.
(10)