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 Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup 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

What people are saying about Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

“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.” – Shelley

“Delicious! I just made it for a second time tonight for dinner! It’s a big hit here with my neighbors in Saratoga! 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!!!!” – Ashley 

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

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!
4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 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)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese


  • 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, salt, and cauliflower. Simmer for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
  • 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.
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Recipe adapted from Butter with a Side of Bread

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5 stars
This is the bEst Cauliflower Cheese soup ive ever eaten. It has such a good flavor.

    Thanks for your feedback, Jan! So thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed this recipe!

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