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Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasting the cauliflower gives this cheese soup great flavor.

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20 min
Prep Time
1 hr 05 min
Total Time


1 small head (14 ounces) cauliflower, cut into florets

6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, divided

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided

1 medium (1 cup) yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 (14-ounce) cans (3 1/2 cups) chicken broth

3 cups Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

16 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Sharp Cheddar American Blend, chopped


1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked, crumbled

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Arrange cauliflower in prepared pan in even layer. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in bowl in microwave. Pour over cauliflower; toss to coat. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss until evenly coated. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and browned. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until sizzling. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent. Add garlic; continue cooking 5 minutes. Stir in flour; cook 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in half & half and chicken broth. Add roasted cauliflower, cayenne and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  4. STEP 4

    Transfer one-third cauliflower mixture carefully into 5-cup blender container. Cover; process until smooth. Place into bowl. Repeat with remaining cauliflower mixture.

  5. STEP 5

    Return mixture to saucepan. Add cheese; cook over medium-low heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until melted and heated through.

  6. STEP 6

    Serve warm topped with crumbled bacon and chopped chives, if desired.

Tip #1

Store leftovers in airtight container in refrigerator up to 4 days.

Nutrition (1 serving)

580 Calories
44 Fat (g)
135 Cholesterol (mg)
2080 Sodium (mg)
27 Carbohydrates (g)
2 Dietary Fiber
24 Protein (g)
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