Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon and Gorgonzola

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Garnish is generally the afterthought for the home cook, a sprinkle of herbs to add a splash of color to the dish, a swirl of sauce for a dramatic, decorative flair or a dribble of brandy in French Onion Soup just before serving. Oh well, I take that last one back — in that particular case, the brandy was the star and I built the soup around a dinner guest who, let’s say, really enjoys his booze.

For this Creamy Cauliflower Soup, the garnish was at the forefront of my mind. Anytime I want my kids and husband to try something new, I start with the bacon and the cheese and use that to lure them in.

Evil temptress me.

But it works each and every time. They might not rave on about the dish, might not always eat the entire thing, but I can guarantee that they’ll take a few bites. Though, Andrew has been getting really adept at extracting only the bacon from a dish, no matter how finely chopped the bacon is. I swear he has a pair of tweezers hidden up his sleeve.

While this soup is creamy, there’s not a drop of cream in the soup. The secret is in steaming the cauliflower and pureeing it with broth. We start with 1/2 head of cauliflower, broth (you can use chicken, vegetable or mushroom), gorgonzola cheese and a couple slices of bacon.

First step is to steam the cauliflower until very tender.

Add in the cauliflower into the blender and pour in broth. If you are using an immersion blender you can do this right in the pot.

Let it rip until it becomes a creamy, pureed soup. Taste and season with salt.

Cook your bacon and finely mince.

Ladle the soup into the bowls and garnish with a bit of bacon and gorgonzola cheese.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon and Gorgonzola Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 8 Cook Time: 8
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This same recipe can be used for broccoli as well!

Ingredients:

1/2 head cauliflower
3 cups broth (vegetable, mushroom or chicken)
salt, to taste
2 slices bacon
2 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Directions:

1. Steam the cauliflower until very tender.
2. In the meantime, cook the bacon until crisp. (For microwave: place the bacon on a couple layers of paper towels, cover with another paper towel, microwave for 5-7 minutes until crisp). Finely mince cooked bacon.
3. Heat the broth in the microwave.
4. Drain the cauliflower and add to blender. Pour in the broth, blend on high until smooth. Season with salt to taste. If the soup is too thick, you can add a bit more broth.
5. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with bacon and gorgonzola.

Comments 49

  1. naomi

    What a great soup. I’m always having trouble finding recipes for cauliflower. I love that you have paired it with gorgonzola.

  2. Brian J. Geiger

    If you used some heavy cream, and let the cooked bacon steep in it for a little while, the bacon will be infused in the cream. Then you could mix that with the soup, to distribute the bacon-y goodness. I don’t know if that would get any more cauliflower eaten, but it might be worth a try.

  3. Cookin Canuck

    This is one of my favorite way to make creamy soup – without the cream! The gorgonzola and bacon are a fantastic way to lure suspicious kids into eating their veggies. The tray you serve the soup on is lovely – where did you find it?

  4. bunkycooks

    I love making soups without cream. That way you can save the calories for the bacon and cheese! I will definitely bookmark this as it is a great soup for Fall.

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  5. Dawn (KitchenTravels)

    Mmmm… love cauliflower soup. I’ve made my own versions of this with squash or carrots, too… lots of different vegetables work! Your photos of the soup bowls all lined up have a wonderful relaxed “vibe.” Nice! xo

    p.s. @Trinidad Pena: your vegetarian idea sounds delicious. :)

  6. Alisa

    I love creamy cauliflower soup. We usually add some spices instead of the toppings, but have also prepared it with bacon and green onions/chives sprinkled on. Yum!

  7. Maryann

    Thank you!!! Just got 2 large heads from my inlaws. Kids don’t like cauliflower, this could be the answer to all my grief! Bacon fixes everything.

  8. Sarka

    YUM! I love cauliflower soup! My mum used to make the best cauliflower soup when I was a kid. Your recipe looks so easy to make and so delicious! I have to cook it soon, I haven’t had cauliflower soup in ages! Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Heather@Gourmet Meals for Less

    Looks so beautiful! I am hosting a “Souper Supper” in October and I will be making this one for sure, so different! Thank you for the nice comment on my Steak Sandwich on the Pacific Food challenge, and thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  10. Joan Nova

    Looks delicious — and bacon was no surprise. I’ve seen lots of photos of you holding a piece of bacon! :)

  11. Rabbittrick

    This sounds so simple – wait. It IS so simple! Plus I have everything (except gorgonzola) in my fridge, ready for a mid day comfort meal. This is something I can imagine adding different types of cheeses to. Ricotta, blue cheese, anyone? haha.

  12. Chocolatecoveredeverything

    This looks yummy and healthy too! I think I might try roasting the cauliflower and then blending it…to get a Roasted Cauliflower soup! Yummmm….I really love any roasted veggie!

  13. Carolyn Jung

    That’s what I love about pureeing cauliflower. It gets so creamy and decadent that you’d swear there was cream in it. But you don’t need it. I love making soup like that. It’s also great with a drizzle of truffle oil over the top. ;)

  14. Peredur

    Neither my wife nor I have ever like cauliflower. Why then are both of us salivating over this recipe?
    What an original way to serve what is otherwise a rather unpopular vegetable! Bravo!!

  15. FoodontheTable

    I’ve been looking for a good cauliflower soup and this looks delicious! Then again, it has cheese & bacon. Tough to go wrong with that combo.

  16. kelly

    Love cauliflower soup, but the bacon and cheese in this has to send it over the top. Drool.

  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    I love everything about this recipe! Last year we got TONS of cauliflower from our CSA, so I will be sure to save this recipe when I inevitably have more cauliflower than I know what to do with in a few weeks. The gorgonzola and bacon on top are brilliant.

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  19. Kathy Schleicher

    Jaden –

    Had to laugh about the bacon garnish being “the catch” towards my guys (absolutely confirmed cauliflower-haters) at least TRYING this out. Imagine my surprise, also, when two EMPTY bowls were raised, and the actual uttered words, “More, please?”
    rang out loud and clear!! WHOA!!

    Will wonder ever cease…?

    I bow down to your genius, creativity and skills.

    Thank you!!

  20. Chris

    I’m not a big fan of cauliflower but I’m ridiculously in love with gorgonzola and bacon, so I’m conflicted. I was surprised that there is no cream in it.

  21. Kim in MD

    Looks incredible! I don’t eat cauliflower as much as I should, but this may change that! I love the addition of the bacon and gorgonzola…YUM!

  22. heatherchristo.com

    Lovely recipe! Have you tried it with the orange cauliflower? I bet the color would be really pretty… But I am pretty sure that the bacon will be the key to getting my 3 year old to eat this!

  23. delicieux

    I love soup and this looks fantastic!! I’ve only just stumbled upon your site and love it. Beautiful food photography.

  24. Jee

    Hi Jaden,
    Haven’t been to your blog in ages but you still have mouth watering new recipes for me as always!! :)
    Just one question – is this meant to be a not-hot soup?? (I’m sure it won’t be cold since the cauliflower should be pretty hot…)
    But if the broth wasn’t simmered first…I was wondering what kind of temperature to expect. Thanks for giving me new ideas to infuse veggies to my table!! :)

  25. Jasmine

    I just made this tonight. I added cumin and substituted smoked gouda for the cheese. Yummy! I’m watching my calories and this was a perfect light dinner that tasted decadent.

  26. JoJo

    So…This inspired me since I had a bunch of cauliflower in the fridge from the CSA. And then…I got adventurous. I added in some leeks and some potatoes and pureed them with a mix of chicken and veggie stocks. Oh my word deliciousness! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  28. Monica S

    Everyone liked this tasty soup, especially with the bacon and gorgonzola. Although, I can easily see omitting the garnishes for a healthier soup. What makes it unhealthy is my undisciplined noshing on bacon after frying it. As for the cooking process, I’m tempted to try cooking the cauliflower in the chicken broth and wonder why Jaden steams before blending. Is it because it avoids the cruciferous taste in the broth? Because now I have a steamer to clean. Also, I noticed that the recipe states to heat the broth before blending, but the picture shows the broth being poured directly from its container to the blender. I didn’t heat before blending and the soup was nice and warm due to the freshly steamed cauliflower. Keep developing those winning recipes, Jaden. My family looks forward to trying new things and raise eyebrows when you use your “colorful” language on your blog.

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  34. Kyrsty

    My kid really dislikes cauliflower but loved this soup and asked for seconds! I like to mix the blue cheese and bacon in with the soup but yours looks prettier. I’d definitely do the bacon and chees crumbs on top if I was making this for guests. I have also found that cauliflower puree (with a little butter) is awesome with a roast lamb or beef.

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