Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

Creamy cauliflower and sharp cheddar soup you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. This stuff tastes so close to the original Zupas recipe!  

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

Zupas is a long standing tradition in our house. For years we’ve been eating at Zupas before every BYU home football game so as you can see, I’ve had it many many times. In fact, I’ve been eating at Zupas for so long that I actually have to special order my favorite sandwiches because they’ve changed the menu so many times. The California Turkey is still on the menu from years ago but they’ve changed it here and there. They used to grill it panini-style and it came with ranch sauce and sprouts. Like I said it’s changed a lot, so nowadays I have to order the “Cali Old School”.

Not gonna like, I kind of feel like a thug when I order the old school.

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

For the first, oh, hundred times I ate at Zupas I ordered the California Turkey sandwich with Clam Chowder. I loooove clam chowder. But eventually I had to switch things up. I’ve not tried nearly all of their salads, and a few I created myself, as well as each and every soup on the menu. Since my husband always orders the clam chowder now, I feel like I can get something else and still steal a few bites of the chowder. I go back and forth between the Chicken Enchilada and the Wisconsin Cauliflower. The creaminess and cheesiness of the cauliflower soup is unbeatable. And I’ve gotta say, this recipe is crazy close to the real deal. It’s quick and easy to whip up on a busy weeknight so put it on your menu pronto, you’re gonna love it!

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

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Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup
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Creamy cauliflower and sharp cheddar soup you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. This stuff tastes so close to the original Zupas recipe!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Add garlic and onion and sauté until onions are tender. Add flour and stir until mixture clumps up.
  2. Gradually whisk in milk. Add broth, salt, and cauliflower. Simmer for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
  3. Transfer soup to a blender and pulse until smooth. Return soup to pot. Add cheeses and stir until melted and combined with soup. Serve with extra cheese if desired.
*recipe adapted from Butter with a Side of Bread


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I love zupas, and this soup! I wish there was one in Texas, but I’m thinking I need to whip up a batch of this now! Lovin’ your site!

    There are a few restaurants I adore that really need to take things nation-wide if you know what I mean. Zupas for one, and there is an amazing place on the east coast called Cosi – similar to Zupas that I wish would come out west!

Delicious! I just made it for a second time tonight for dinner! It’s a big hit here with my neighbors in Saratoga spgs! I made some slight changes: replaced 1/2 cup of white cheddar for medium(yellow) cheddar, added ground mustard and black pepper to taste.

So easy and tastes delicious in homemade bread bowls! An instant family favorite! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Hey! just thought I would give you some ideas on soups! You say you really like the Wisconsin cauliflower and enchilada chili? Well have you ever mixed them?! I used to work there and people ordered it all the time, (I tried it once it was yummy!) I would suggest sampling it next time you go!

    What?!?!?! Oh my gosh I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that. GENIUS!!!!!

      I know right?! People will also combine the tomato basil with the Wisconsin cauliflower. Which is good too! But there are those who will combine the mushroom Biscue with Wisconsin cauliflower (I don’t agree with that one… but to each their own)

        i tried this and was disappointed it does not taste the same. This is my FAVORITE soup and have it 3 to 4 times a week. Zupa’s soup has a sweeter taste to it. I had some of theirs when i made this and did a taste test. Not even close. sorry.

          I always roast my garlic in the oven with a little olive oil. I think it givea it better flavor. 🙂

Just saying!

I made this tonight, added extra cream, a little extra cheese and black pepper… even a little extra butter, still missing the creamy rich flavor of the zuppas original… what are we missing?????

I just ate at Zupas in Spanish Fork Ut. They have changed their soup recipes to be more “healthy”. The were awful. They were not creamy but very watered down. I wo’tt be going back. I’m going to try your recipe. I think it will be better. Carie

Super good!!! My whole family loves it. It isn’t grainy if you let it simmer until fork tender. I simmered mine for about 20 minutes. I’ve made this recipe twice. Super good both times.