Healthy Recipe: Cauliflower and Parmesan Soup

Culinary Comforts - Cauliflower and Parmesan Soup

Enjoy the flavors of cauliflower and parmesan in this incredibly creamy soup. It’ll keep you warm and full on a Winter evening!


1lb cauliflower, cut into 1” florets (4 cups)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
4 Tbsp butter
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1” dice
¾ cup grated Parmesan
¼ tsp pepper
pinch salt
Small grating of nutmeg
Chopped chives or parsley for garnish (if desired)


Optional: Parmesan rinds. You can get these when you buy a block of Parmesan or they sell them individually at Whole Foods or many grocery stores. They impart a ton of flavor and will last in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan; add the onion, celery, and cauliflower. On medium heat, allow them to cook until softened, 8-10 minutes. Add broth and the Parmesan rind if you have one, cover and simmer until the cauliflower is tender. This will take about 15 minutes. At the end of cooking, remove the Parmesan rind.

Puree the cauliflower mixture in several batches in the food processor until very smooth. Rinse the saucepan and return the soup to the pan. Whisk in the milk and Parmesan, pepper, nutmeg and salt and cook over low heat until the cheese is melted and the soup is smooth. Sprinkle on chopped herbs if desired.



Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 148
Total fat (g): 9
Protein (g): 7
Total Carbohydrate (g): 11
Total sugars (g): 4
Dietary fiber: (g) 2
Sodium (mg): 188

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