Cauliflower Cheddar Beer Soup

Warm up on a cool day with this cauliflower cheddar beer soup…

Last Friday I had the pleasure of having lunch with two fabulous bloggers, Gina and Winnie. I always enjoy going out to lunch with them and we usually end up chatting for hours. We really need to plan a dinner together so we can chat the night away :)

While at lunch we all had the most delicious soup. I decided this weekend I had to recreate it’s deliciousness. Off to the store I went to gather the ingredients!

{On a totally unrelated note can we talk about how awful it is to go to the grocery store on a Sunday? We live close by to a college and the store is always packed with students pushing carts at the pace of a snail. I watched one college girl walk by with nothing in her cart but cases of bottled Perrier water. Really? That’s what you are choosing to spend your money on…Perrier water?}

Back to the soup. It’s creamy, savory and packed full of flavor. I even added a little bit of jalapeño to add a bite of spice. It was the perfect addition to this cold winter (please spring come soon!) day.

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Califlower Cheddar & Beer Soup

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, diced (heads only)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
6 strips thick cut bacon, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 small jalapeño, diced and seeds removed (use only half if you don't like heat)
2 bottles brown ale (I used Newcastle)
3 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Chives, diced (optional)

Slightly adapted from Mark Bittman

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut off bottom of the cauliflower (the green part), cut the head into 4 pieces, cut out the center core and cut off just the florets.

Lay out onto silpat lined rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, sprinkle with a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, stir/flip the cauliflower florets and continue baking for another 10 - 15 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and golden brown. Careful not to let the cauliflower burn. Once cooked set aside until ready to use.

In a large soup pot add olive oil and diced bacon. Cook over medium heat until the bacon is just starting to brown. Add in onion, carrots and jalapeño. Continue cooking until the vegetables are started to soften.

Add in beer, chicken stock, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, salt, roasted cauliflower and dijon mustard. Cook for about 10 minutes until flavors are combined and all vegetables are soft.

Add mixture to a Vitamix (or other high powered blender) and puree starting on speed 1 and slowly going up to speed 10. Blend on speed 10 for about 2 minutes until completely smooth.

Add pureed soup back to the pot and cook over low heat while you prepare the cheddar cheese.

In a bowl add shredded cheddar cheese and toss with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Add cheese to the soup a handful at a time. Stirring the whole time so the soup does not burn and the cheese incorporates smoothly. Continue until all the cheese has been added and the soup is smooth.

Serve hot with diced chives if desired.

* It would also be great with little pieces of bacon on top but I forgot to make more.

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62 Responses to “Cauliflower Cheddar Beer Soup”

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — March 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

    This looks amazing!! So creamy and cheesy :)

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:55 am

      Thank you! I’m having a bowl for breakfast :)

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    Melissa Belanger — March 25, 2013 at 7:05 am

    This looks so good!! I saw your photo on Instagram last night and was hoping you would post the recipe soon. I have a huge head of cauliflower in the fridge just waiting for me to do something with it. I guess this is it!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:56 am

      I hope you like the recipe! It’s a perfect use for that head of cauliflower!

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    Gina — March 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

    you posted it! yay! That soup was seriously good. This is so getting made at some point this week. Thanks for doing the leg work on it ;)

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      Hooray! I hope you like it :) I think the Newcastle had a stronger beer taste than the soup at Babycakes but I liked it.

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    Erica — March 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’ve made several varieties for cauliflower soup and have never been disappointed- it just makes the yummiest soup! This sounds amazing

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      I was so surprised how well cauliflower went with this soup! It made it so creamy!

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    Tracey — March 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Cheddar beer soup is one of my favorites so I’m loving this healthier take on it! I wonder if I could convince my husband to give it a try?? Gorgeous pics lady :)

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

      Don’t even tell him it has cauliflower in it…he won’t even notice :)

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    bellini — March 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This is definitely a way that I could get into eating cauliflower.

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 12:01 am

      It’s really delicious! I hope you give it at try! :)

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    Candace Karu — March 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I just got a Vitamix and this recipe looks amazing. Win/win!

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 12:00 am

      Thanks Candace! I’m in love with my Vitamix! I use it almost two times a day. I’m pretty sure my readers are sick of seeing me use it…haha :)

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    Tiffany — March 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This looks amazing! I am printing the recipe now! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

      Thanks Tiff! Chat soon :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Yes, please! This sounds lovely!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

      Thank you! I was so please at how well the cauliflower worked in the soup!

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    Faith — March 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    This looks incredibly creamy and delicious. I love comforting soups like this…they’re perfect for this chilly weather!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

      The only thing that make chilly weather acceptable is the fact that I can eat soup :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I am loving the color of this – the flavors and those wooden bowls!

    And how fun that you had a blogger meetup. Chatting for hours is a great thing.

    The Perrier water and moving at a snails pace…omg you must live in my town :) I can totally relate!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

      Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to deal with those crazy college students. I swear they don’t know how to grocery shop efficiently! :)

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    Jen B — March 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    That looks delicious. Great photos too! :)

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

      Thank you Jen!

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    Joanne — March 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Aww how fun!! I so wish I lived closer to you guys! Blogger lunches/coffee dates/dinners are the best! This soup looks totally good for the soul!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

      I wish you lived closer too! We should get together one day while I’m in the city!

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    peabody — March 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Clearly this is how you eat your veggies…with beer and cheese.

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

      Exactly! Vegetables are always better when they are covered in beer and cheese :)

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    Winnie — March 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I dare say this looks even better than the soup we had. Can’t wait to try it (or to see you again)!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

      Awwww you’re too sweet :) I can’t wait for lunch again!

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    rebecca — March 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    looks so good and hope spring comes soon too

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

      Me too! I’m ready to open the windows and spend more time outside! Hurry up spring!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I’m pretty speechless here… this is absolutely drool worthy!!!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

      Thanks Lori! I even had a bowl for breakfast :)

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    katie — March 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

    WOW! This looks divine. And how fun you got to hangout with fellow food bloggers! You crack me up about the college students in the grocery store. I’m sure she was probably rail thin, too since all she was consuming was bubbly water!

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      Rail thin…yep! I wish you lived closer. I would love to have a “hang out” in real life :)

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — March 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    This looks absolutely divine. I totally avoid grocery stores on the weekends at all costs! People are super slow and so rude. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a bunch of sweat pant-clad zombie-like hungover college students roaming around the store aimlessly.

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

      That is exactly what it is like! It really is a pain living in a town where they are 4 colleges….ugh!

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    carrian — March 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    This is just unreal!! It looks as beautiful as can be!

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

      Thank you Carrian!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    not only do i love the sounds of this soup recipe, but i love your wooden bowls too! i love your photography. :)

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

      Thank you Sally! I got the bowls at Home Goods for only $3 a piece!!!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — March 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I LOVE the bowls you used and you pictures are gorgeous. My husband would love this soup – I am totally going to make it for him soon!! And I am going to find wooden bowls like these and use them as an excuse to make the soup exactly like yours, bowls and all!!! ha ha

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

      Hahaha thanks Shanna! I got the bowls at Home Goods for only $3 a piece!

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    Reeni — March 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Boozy, cheesy, bacon-y and good for you cauliflower? Definitely a soup I can easily love! Plus your pictures make me feel like I can reach in and really eat it. If only I had a spoon.

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

      It’s a perfect soup for this cold weather we are having. I hope it warms up soon!!!!!

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    Crystal — March 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    This looks so good! I have a hard time getting my husband to eat cauliflower, and I love it. Maybe with the addition of beer, he won’t be able to pass it up! :) I too hate going to the store on Sundays. Saturdays are also bad for us.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I need to give cauliflower another try. I think if I roasted it and made this soup I could be converted. Beautiful photos (as always!) too.

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    hungryandfrozen — March 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    This sounds so incredible. The weather here is getting continually colder and colder, so I am most definitely going to keep this in mind for future making.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      I hope you like it! It’s perfect for cold evenings!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 11, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Booze, cheese and veggies? It’s all the important food groups in one glorious, cozy soup!

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    Cynthia — November 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, this soup looks absolutely amazing. Can you tell me if it has much of a beer flavor. We are just know into the taste of beer, so I’m leery about trying this one. If it does taste like beer, could I substitute more chicken broth and have it taste yummy? Thanks.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 16th, 2013 @ 12:13 am

      Hi Cynthia! The soup does have a bit of beer flavor and if your not a fan I think stock would work just fine. You would still gets lots of yummy flavor from the cauliflower and cheese.

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    Jen — January 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This has wayyyyyyyy too much beer in it! It was super butter and unfortunately unedible. My husband and I were really looking foward to eating this tonight. I followed the recipe, but might only need 1 bottle of beer….:(

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 26th, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

      Hi Jen! The soup definitely has a beer taste but it doesn’t usually come out bitter. If you would like to mellow out the taste I would recommend adding in more chicken stock and cooking it down to make it lovely and thick again. I’m super sorry you didn’t like the way it turned out. Do you mind if I ask what beer you used? Thanks!

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    Molly — January 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    This was so so good!!!! I’m a veggo so I left out the bacon and used vegetable stock. I added some smoked paprika and a roasted red pepper (because I had it). Will defiantly make again! I made some soft pretzels to use for dippers — amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      Hi Molly! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know you liked the recipe! I love the idea of adding smoked paprika (its my favorite spice!) and roasted red pepper. Plus those pretzel dippers sound amazing!

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    Judy — April 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for this delicious recipe. I just made a batch of it–so easy and so delicious. What a great way to get good for you veggies in your diet without even really knowing it.

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    Jessica — November 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Do you take the bay leaf out before putting it in the blender?
    FYI you have the bay leaf listed twice on the ingredients and in the directions..
    Does the alcohol cook off? I have a 3-year old who eats what we eat. Wondering if this is inappropriate for kids. Not worried about the beer flavor, just the alcohol. Thanks.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

      Hi Jessica! I have fixed my mistake in the recipe, thank you! I’m fairly certain the alcohol has cooked off in this soup but I’m not 100%. It does cook for awhile so I would feel confident serving it to a child if that helps :)

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