Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

 Creamy Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup with a spicy chipotle kick – I love how easy and quick this recipe is, plus using a cauliflower base really lightens up the dish without losing flavor! 

Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Annnnnd here it is, the soup recipe I almost posted yesterday but decided to give you a teeny tiny break (remember? of course you do). It’s been so cold and when it’s cold, all I want is soup. And pasta. And a blanket and fuzzy socks and to never leave my bed. But mostly I want soup.

Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

My husband isn’t crazy about brothy soups, I have a love affair with just about any kind of soup so if it’s brothy or creamy, it mattereth not. However, since marriage is all about compromise (it is? I thought it was all about having an on-call foot massager….) I figure since I like all soups and he prefers creamy soups, I’ll try to make creamy soups more often than not. The moral of this story? I make a lot of creamy soups.

Whenever possible, I try to lighten up my creamy soups any way I can. This chipotle cheddar cauliflower soup has a cauliflower base (hence cauliflower in the name…big shocker there) and that makes it easy to skip on some of the flower and milk. I adapted this from my popular Zupa’s Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup and it turned out amazingly delicioso. I love the cheesy cheddar with the spicy chipotle – it’s a winning flavor combination.

Plus it’s purrrrdy.

Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

What people are saying about this Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

“We absolutely love this soup! I made it when you first posted it last year and we’ve been enjoying it ever since. As with any recipe I have to add my own personal touches – but your version is the best.” – Amelia

“I have made this twice now, and I love it! You and your recipes bring great joy to our family! My daughter likes this soup, too, but she would prefer to eat your hot fudge stuffed cookies on a regular basis. 😉” – Nicci

Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Soup

Creamy cheddar cauliflower soup with a spicy chipotle kick - easy, quick, and healthy!
Course Soup
Keyword cauliflower, soup, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 4 tablespoons adobo sauce (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2-3 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a large pot. Add garlic and onion and sauté until onions are tender. Add flour and stir until mixture clumps up.
  • Gradually whisk in milk. Add broth, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, salt, and chopped cauliflower. Simmer for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender (the more tender, the smoother your soup will be at the end).
  • Transfer soup to a blender and pulse/blend until smooth. Return soup to pot. Add cheese and stir until melted and combined with soup. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve with extra cheese if desired, enjoy!

Notes

I use adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce, found near the canned jalapeños in most grocery stores)
*For stronger chipotle flavor and more of a spicy kick, add a whole chipotle pepper when you add the adobo sauce

Recipe adapted from Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

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I can’t decide if I’m a fan of the cauliflower substitute to lighten dishes up… But this soup is tempting me to try it… It looks amazing! And such a good choice for cold winter nights! Mmmm

    You’ve gotta try it! It doesn’t taste like cauliflower at all in my opinion. And my husband’s! And he’s pretty picky about that kind of stuff 😉

Ooooh YUM. This looks absolutely delish – I’ve been loving cauliflower lately, and I’ve been loving cheese, well, always 🙂 so this is right up my street!!

What size can of chipotle peppers are you getting 4Tbsp of adobo sauce from?? I made this last night and there was nothing close to 4Tbsp of sauce in the can I got, so I just pureed up some of the chipotle peppers and put those in the soup instead…BIG MISTAKE…it was so spicy we couldn’t even eat it! 🙁 Are you using a large can of chipotle peppers?? Thanks!!

    Oh no! Yeah chipotle peppers are really really spicy… maybe 1/2 of one pepper would have been enough for the whole soup. Gah! But I used a 4 ounce can and was able to get plenty of the sauce out 🙂

We absolutely love this soup! I made it when you first posted it last year and we’ve been enjoying it ever since. As with any recipe I have to add my own personal touches 😉 – but your version is the best. My only question is – how is yours so red? Photo editing? 😉 Mine is always a pale orange-pink – nothing like your photos. Doesn’t matter for taste, of course – just wondering!

Tiffany,

I have made this twice now, and I love it! You and your recipes bring great joy to our family! My daughter likes this soup, too, but she would prefer to eat the hot fudge stuffed cookies on a regular basis. 😉

Hello ,

Im lactose intolerant and was wondering if you have any suggestions for milk subsitute that wont change the flavor?

Thanks

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