Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder

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This Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.

This Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.
Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder

When the weather gets cold, we love soup for dinner. This cauliflower soup is lovely, as I am a huge cauliflower fan, especially in my soups! It’s creamy like a chowder, without potatoes and cream. A few other chowders you may like, Seattle Smoked Salmon Chowder or this Cheddar Corn Chowder with Bacon.

Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook

I’m so excited to share this recipe from my friend Maria’s cookbook, The Two Peas in a Pod Cookbook. Her cookbook is beautiful, filled with recipes she, her husband and two boys enjoy. The book has tons of salads and vegetarian options as well as meat dishes. She even has an entire chapter on cookies!

Maria lives in Salt Lake City, where they get a lot of snow. So naturally, Maria makes lots of soup for her family, especially after they get off the slopes. I adapted her recipe slightly by reducing the butter a bit, but otherwise kept everything else the same. This soup super rich in flavor, wonderfully cheesy and low in carbs. If you want to make the soup a little thicker, you can puree some of it in the blender, and add it back to the soup.

This Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.Two Peas & Their Pod CookbookThis Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.This Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.

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This Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder

205 Cals 7.5 Protein 20 Carbs 11 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
CUISINE: American
This Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder is comfort food without all the calories. Made with roasted cauliflower, which adds deep, caramelized flavor while keeping the soup a little lighter.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, you can use gluten-free flour
  • cups vegetable broth
  • cups milk
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, we prefer white cheddar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Arrange the chopped cauliflower and garlic cloves on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and toss until well coated. Spread out the cauliflower and garlic in a single layer to avoid steaming.
  • Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once, until the cauliflower is tender. Set aside to cool.
  • When cool enough to handle, remove the garlic from its skin and finely chop.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until just beginning to soften.
  • Add the carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chopped garlic, cauliflower, bay leaf, and dried thyme. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and mix to combine.
  • Cook until the flour disappears, about 2 minutes. Pour in the broth, stir, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the milk and cheese and continue mixing until the cheese is melted and the chowder is creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Discard the bay leaf. Ladle the chowder into bowls and serve warm.
  • To make it thicker, you can puree some of the soup and mix it together.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 205kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 7.5g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 460mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: cauliflower chowder, cauliflower soup recipe, roasted cauliflower soup, soup

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72 comments

  1. This chowder was excellent! The only change that I made was to thicken the soup with one cup of rinsed, drained cannellini beans pureed in some of the broth instead of using flour.
    I plan to make this delicious, easy recipe again and again!

  2. Delicious! So creamy and the roasted garlic adds a nice flavor. I used fresh thyme and I think it added a nice herb flavor. 

  3. I made this tonight for the first time.  Absolutely delicious.  I plan to make this for my vegetarian daughter and son when they visit.  My husband also wants this to be on our soup rotation list.  

  4. Another great recipe! I loved this soup – the roasted garlic I think really elevates this. I skipped the celery because it’s not my favorite personally and threw in a chicken breast for a little protein and used oat milk instead of regular milk. It was divine. Thank you so much I’m adding to my rotation!

  5. This is one of my favorites. I am plant based, so I skip the oil/butter and use veggie broth for sautéing. I use Oat milk vs animal milk. love the texture of this Chowder. I’ve made a number of times, winter and summer!

  6. Yummy again! Thank you for always providing great yummy foods that aren’t all fat and sugar. For anyone wanting to cut more points…I used Almond milk, 1.5 tbls of butter, and low fat cheddar cheese and it was still yummy!! I divided it into 4 servings instead of 6 and according to my WW calc that made it 5 points. So more soup and one less point. You always have the best recipes!

  7. This is delicious…the herbs are a perfect combination!  I had to substitute with heavy cream as I ran out of milk…used mild shredded cheddar…and added a little extra roasted garlic.  I had to fend off my husband from eating the roasted cauliflower while I was cooking 😉 

  8. I’ve been a Skinnytaste fan for years. I own every cookbook and 95% of the time when I cook, it’s a Gina recipe. But I have never commented before. This. Recipe. Blew. My. Mind. The roasted cauliflower and thyme gave it more flavor than I thought possible. Will make this for the rest of my days. It’s really that good! 

  9. This soup is delicious!!! My young grandsons loved it too!

  10. I’ve made this soup many times and love it.  I’ve been using whole milk as the recipe does not specify what kind.  Can you please clarify if it’s skim, 2% or whole?  Thank you!

  11. Excellent soup, thank you Gina!! I used Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and so happy to find a yummy vegetarian dish. My cauliflower was small, especially after roasting it in the oven – the florets shrank to what seemed like 1/2 cup (well, and my hubby munched on a few florets without permision :)) – so I took frozen riced cauiflower, spread it on a baking sheet with salt/pepper/olive oil and used this in the soup as well!!

  12. This was fast and tasty. Easy to get down veggies. I added hot pepper flakes because it needed something extra. We used more thyme, salt and pepper. I would make this again. Nice not to have meat.

  13. This is hands down one of the best soups ever! So satisfying and delicious, and very filling. I will be making this regularly!

  14. I was scrolling through your recipes and as a picture of this chowder. Cauliflower is my new favourite vegetable so I thought, I’m going to make this. Wow, was it good!!! My new favourite soup! It was so satisfying with the chunks of cauliflower and the flavour was absolutely amazing! I lost count how many times both my husband and I said…mmmmmmm……I also love that it’s vegetarian. Thank you Gina for another fantastic recipe. 😀

  15. Delish and easy to make!

  16. I’ve made this recipe a few times and my family and I love it!

  17. Thank you for another great recipe! So many of your recipes have become family favorites and this will be added to that list- delicious! Have you tried making this in the Instant Pot? If so would you share the time adjustments? Thank you.

  18. Made exact to the recipe, added a bit more salt and pepper at the end.   It was fun to make and so delicious! Hearty and flavorful for a cold January lunch. .