We're heading into the heart of hot soup season, and this cream of cauliflower will ward off autumn's chill with the best of them.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and celery in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and salt, and stir for 1 minute. Stir in potato, cauliflower, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until cauliflower is tender and potatoes are easily smashed against the side of the pot, about 30 minutes.

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  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender until smooth. Reduce heat to low, season with cayenne pepper and salt. Pour in cream and stir until warmed. Season with more salt if needed.

  • Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Toss breadcrumbs in the remaining bacon grease in the skillet, and cook over low heat until toasted and crisp. Stir in cheese and continue to cook until melted. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in bacon, lemon zest, and parsley. Toss to coat.

  • Serve soup garnished with bacon gremolata over the top.

Nutrition Facts

236 calories; protein 9.4g 19% DV; carbohydrates 33.1g 11% DV; fat 8.1g 13% DV; cholesterol 18.4mg 6% DV; sodium 804.6mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
This has to be one of my favorite soups on the site! I am a huge potato soup lover and look for ways to incorporate more veggies into what I am eating. I used to hate cauliflower until I realized the versatile ways you can liven it up. The fact that cauliflower can take on a flavor reminiscent of potatoes makes me never look back on eating just potato soup again. If you like "loaded baked potato" soup I highly recommend giving this alternative a try! For a little bit lighter option you can lessen the amount of heavy cream. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2013
Decently good soup. Simple but pleasing flavor. I would recommend for a cold winter day! Read More
(7)
46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2014
This has to be one of my favorite soups on the site! I am a huge potato soup lover and look for ways to incorporate more veggies into what I am eating. I used to hate cauliflower until I realized the versatile ways you can liven it up. The fact that cauliflower can take on a flavor reminiscent of potatoes makes me never look back on eating just potato soup again. If you like "loaded baked potato" soup I highly recommend giving this alternative a try! For a little bit lighter option you can lessen the amount of heavy cream. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2013
Decently good soup. Simple but pleasing flavor. I would recommend for a cold winter day! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2013
This is seriously delicious soup. What makes it so good is the gremolata especially the lemon zest. I made a half-recipe but added a whole onion and a whole rib of celery as well as 3 cloves of garlic. Instead of half broth and half water I added a whole carton of low sodium chicken broth and a bit of vegetable broth I had in the fridge. I didn't have any parsley but thought it tasted fine without it. I might add fresh dill next time. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2013
If you make the soup you must also make the topping! I didn't have parmigiano on hand so I threw in some blue cheese crumbles instead. Do yourself a favor and try it with the blue cheese! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2013
Sorry Chef John--you are my favorite chef and this soup sounded and looked awesome but unlike many of your other recipes this one did not deliver. Company was polite but no one was able to finish it. Compared to your homemade make your own stock chicken noodle soup which is my favorite this soup would not even place any were near it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2012
Considering this is made with rather simple humble ingredients we thought the flavor was quite nice. Our toddler ate some too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2012
Easy and absolutely DELICIOUS. Thank you for this delicious recipe. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
This soup had very good flavor and body! The things I did differently were that I used 2 peeled red potatoes because I didn't have russets I used more celery then called for and whole milk instead of heavy cream I used dried parsley that I added to the soup after it was finished cooking instead of fresh and I used Better Then Bouillon-Chicken with 8 Cups of water instead of chicken stock and I left out the pepper... I prefer to add that at the table since not everyone in my family can eat pepper. I'm REALLY excited that it is so delicious and fairly easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2017
This is the best cauliflower soup I have ever tasted! I followed the instructions carefully which I always do when I make something for the first time. Then the next time I adjust a recipe to my taste. But this soup won't need any changes it's perfect as-is! My taste buds were surprised how delicious the lemon zest combined with the soup the freshness of the zest and parsley combined with the heat of the cayenne.... amazing! Read More
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