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Winning Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Meet the Cook: Generally, my husband isn't a soup fan - but his spoon's poised and ready for this version. I adapted this rich and creamy concoction from a recipe I tasted at a local restaurant...and it's since become a popular item on my "menu". -Carol Reaves, San Antonio, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Fresh tarragon, optional


  • In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute the onions, carrots, celery and garlic in 1/4 cup butter until tender. Add cauliflower, broth, parsley, salt and pepper, basil and tarragon. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the remaining butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in the milk and whipping cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Add to cauliflower mixture. Cook until thickened, stirring frequently, 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream. Garnish with tarragon if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 286 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 1083mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • misscoffeepot
    Jan 29, 2021

    Very tasty soup- I opted to not use the whipping cream, and replaced with about 1 c grated cheddar and swiss. Delicate flavors, will be making again

  • dublinlab
    Oct 15, 2020

    This is a nice hearty vegetable soup. The produce is so nice at this time of year it was almost sweet. great colour. Janet VFE

  • Peggy
    Aug 30, 2020

    Made this delicious soup today - followed directions, but added 1/2 cup of shredded white cheddar cheese - absolutely delicious!

  • Carole
    Jun 5, 2020

    |I just cooked and tasted this soup and it is awesome. It sure is a winner.

  • Alex
    Apr 9, 2020

    Where does the chicken broth come into play? It isn't mentioned in Step 1 or 2. This recipe is missing steps.

  • Helen
    Jul 4, 2018

    Absolutely delicious! I added lightly sauteed fresh corn and a little grated cheese on top. Thank you. This is a keeper!

  • Monika
    May 16, 2018

    My dad cant stand cauliflower, but he had two helpings of this, so good!

  • Pat
    May 15, 2018

    I would rate it as a great soup. I love soup even in summer or should I say late Spring. I did roast the cauliflower in my oven. Saw that in another recipe. My husband thought it was very good that way. I will give it 4 1/2.

  • Gary
    May 3, 2018

    Maggie...I don't see the problem here. It is well written. Since, you are an experienced cook you must have read all the way through because it does say to combine. I've done this recipe many times with no issues on the directions. Step 3 is enjoy!

  • Maggie
    Feb 12, 2018

    What a horribly written recipe! Step one... Step 2 and so now what????Though, being that I am a somewhat experienced cook I did figure out that the ingredients from step 1 were to be blended with the ingredients from step 2. But seriously... if you are going to post a recipe, post it as you have never made it before and are going through the instructions STEP by STEP.. by STEP... these instructions seem to be missing that third STEP! Which is a continuing and on going problem with everyone and anyone posting to the internet!