Just a recipe I threw together while entertaining my 6-month-old on a soccer night for my older kiddos when we had limited time. This is an alternative to fast food on busy hectic nights. I prechopped my veggies during nap time, so all I had to do was add them to the Instant Pot®! Garnish with green onions, Cheddar cheese, and bacon.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select the Saute function. Add olive oil, onion, and garlic; cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Add cauliflower, green bell pepper, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Pour in chicken stock; close and lock the lid. Select Soup function; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

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  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Add Cheddar cheese, half-and-half, turkey bacon, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce. Reselect Saute function; cook until bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If using bacon instead of cooked turkey bacon, saute with the onion in step 1.

Tips

You can use gluten-free flour or cornstarch for a thicker soup (about 1 tablespoon dissolved in a small amount of water or 1/4 cup cold chicken stock), but this would not be keto friendly.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; 17.7 g protein; 13.4 g carbohydrates; 80.2 mg cholesterol; 1181.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (52)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2018
Excellent flavor! Next time I'll definitely lower the cook time by half - the cauliflower turned out overcooked and completely fell apart while stirring in the cheese. Instead of half and half I used heavy cream to make it more keto-friendly. I did use pork bacon instead of turkey bacon (again to make it more keto/fatty) and browned it with the onion as suggested in the recipe notes. To thicken I whisked in about 1/2 tsp of konjac powder which is keto-compliant. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2019
Followed the directions pretty closely but did cut back some on the onion powder (1T is a lot) and Dijon mustard. Between the bacon cheese onion powder and Dijon mustard the taste of the cauliflower got completely overpowered. Still it wasn t bad but my family wasn t crazy about it. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2018
Excellent flavor! Next time I'll definitely lower the cook time by half - the cauliflower turned out overcooked and completely fell apart while stirring in the cheese. Instead of half and half I used heavy cream to make it more keto-friendly. I did use pork bacon instead of turkey bacon (again to make it more keto/fatty) and browned it with the onion as suggested in the recipe notes. To thicken I whisked in about 1/2 tsp of konjac powder which is keto-compliant. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
This was really good! I’m on my third week of a keto diet so a made a few changes to lower the carbs a bit, and some just because of preference. First, I cooked about 6 slices of bacon in a cast iron skillet. I saved a bit of the grease to sauté the onions and garlic. I omitted the bell peppers (6 grams of carbs). I added chorizo because I had it on hand and it sounded good. I sautéed all of this with the cauliflower and a bit of the broth to get the goodies at the bottom of the pan. I followed directions as written on the rest in the instant pot, except I did half heavy cream and have 1/2 and 1/2 to cut carbs again. I also did half store bought shredded cheddar and half fancier English cheddar block. All my family loved it and they are not doing keto diet (They topped theirs with lo mein noodles). I have enough left over for three lunches this week as well, and I’m looking forward to it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2018
My insta pot was in my RV but I did make this with all stated ingredients on my stove top (as noted I substituted real bacon instead of turkey bacon) . I thought it was great, my hubby added way more salt (he has a problem;) & my kiddos ate their whole bowl. Not sure what the other reviewer meant about it being mushy......it's soup sooooooo maybe it just needed blended more. Anyhow I followed recipe except did it on my stove top which means it took more time & before adding the cheese and half & half I did have to blend it in my ninja blender to make it a soup consistency. So if someone else doesn't have an insta pot you can do it on the stove with a regular pot but you will most likely need to blend it to make it soup consistency. We will keep this recipe & make again even when not on the Keto diet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2019
I made this per the instructions. I am new to the IP so was confused about which pressure cooking I should use- as the recipe didn t specify low or high. I went with low pressure for 14 minutes as other reviewers recommended 7-8 min in their reviews. After the cooking finished I did transfer to a blender to purée it then back to the IP to finish off the recipe with the half n half etc. Both hubby & I really liked it! Will make again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2019
The base recipe tasted like the foundation for broccoli cheese soup so I added broccoli cooked for an additional 10 min in the instant pot and then blended with an immersion blender. Tasted great. I wouldn't make this by itself as directed for the family since only two of us like cauliflower but with the addition of the broccoli it became something all of us could enjoy. Only big change I would make is to double the turkey bacon. Regular bacon may have enough flavor but turkey bacon is a little blander. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2018
Great soup! Made with real bacon. Sautéed bacon first and then added onions and garlic. No need for olive oil. Skipped the green pepper. Cooked for only 9 minutes on high pressure but did 10 minute natural release. Used an immersion blender before adding cream and cheese etc. it was excellent!! Super easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2018
I followed the recipe but cut the cook time by half as others instructed. It is a good comfort food type soup that I will make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2019
This is good. I don t have an instapot so I made it on the stovetop. With that cooking method I think it would be a little thicker if I had blended a cup or so in a blender or food processor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2019
Being a “Weigh Watcher” I used low fat (2% milk) cheddar and no fat half&half. Other than increasing bacon to 12 oz package, the recipe was followed as written right up to the end when I decided to put the soup in my blender; once puréed, I then added the diced bacon. Wonderful soup as fall is turning to winter, this soup will follow us to spring. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2019
Followed the directions pretty closely but did cut back some on the onion powder (1T is a lot) and Dijon mustard. Between the bacon cheese onion powder and Dijon mustard the taste of the cauliflower got completely overpowered. Still it wasn t bad but my family wasn t crazy about it. Read More