Cauliflower Chowder Recipe

Posted on Feb 7 2015 - 8:08am by Susan Bewley

I don’t know about you guys, but when it’s cold and snow outside, I love to make a good soup. The problem is that many of the soups I make my family is…well..getting tired of eating. Don’t get me wrong, I have some awesome recipes but you can only make them so often, you know? With the current cauliflower kick on Pinterest, I have been experiment with a variety of different recipes and love trying out recipes recommended by friends. Recently, I discovered a super yummy chowder recipe that is out of this world – Cauliflower Chowder!

As you can see from the recipe, it is pretty straight forward and easy, making it a great choice for those nights where I didn’t put a great of planning into cooking. Feel free to tell us what you think!

Note: Special thanks to my friends Shannon at Livingston Creatives for helping me with this recipe and pictures!

4.9 from 12 reviews
Cauliflower Chowder Recipe
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Cuisine: Entree
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
  •  4 slices bacon, diced
  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1 onion, diced
  •  2 carrots, peeled and diced
  •  2 stalks celery, diced
  •  ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  •  4 cups chicken broth
  •  1 cup milk
  •  1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  •  1 bay leaf
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  •  2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  1. Over medium heat, start heating up a large skillet.
  2. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess grease and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large. When properly heated, add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in cauliflower and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Remove bay leaf and then season with salt and pepper to taste. If the chowder is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and parsley if desired.



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Toni Marie Caravello Feimer February 7, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Oh Yum I am a big chowder fan any chowder. Corn, Clam, Corn and Clam, now this lovely recipe. I am going to have to attempt it. Yes I am.

  2. Linda Manns Linneman February 7, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    This sounds so good. I have never had anything like this before. It will be a great dish to serve on a cool day. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. lisa February 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I pinned that recipe. I never would have thought to make cauliflower soup. It actually sounds pretty good. I like it, but have only eaten the frozen, bagged variety swimming in cheese sauce. This is a much healthier way to eat cauliflower. Thanks! I’m only giving it 4 stars just because I haven’t it yet.

  4. Ronald G February 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    You have made it easy for me to combine ingrediants that we all love. Thank you

  5. laura rubenstein February 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I LOVE CAULIFLOWER 🙂 I am going to make this for sure. It looks delicious.

  6. courtney b February 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    lm actually really surprised how good cauliflower tastes.. when cooked right it can really have a lot of flavor. Cauliflower soup is my favorite.

  7. Trisha February 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    This recipe looks mighty tasty . I am copying and pasting to my online recipe file .

  8. Richard Hicks February 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I like this and want to try it soon. Healthy too!

  9. M.Clark February 7, 2015 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of cauliflower chowder before reading about it here. This looks delicious I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  10. Sarah L February 7, 2015 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I only know clam chowder. Didn’t know there were other kinds.

  11. Ashley F February 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Yum! This sounds like a perfect soup for cold, winter day!

  12. Deborah Caudill February 10, 2015 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I have never made homemade soup before because my sister always made it and brought several jars to me every time she made it. She passed away 3 years ago, so I guess it’s time I tried to make it. Your recipe looks wonderful, so I will give it a try. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  13. June S. February 10, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    (Cauliflower Chowder Recipe) What a good sounding soup recipe to me, I really like making many homemade soups for my family. I could eat a different type of soup every night of the week for dinner-

  14. Lisa Coomer Queen February 10, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will definitely try it. We get tired of the same old soup around here.

  15. Cathy Jarolin February 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    This Recipe sounds Delicious! My Husband and I both Love Cauliflower. We also love good homemade soup. Never thought about using cauliflower. I do want to try this soup. I know my Husband would really enjoy it! Thankyou for sharing this Healthy delicious Soup!!

  16. Sandra Watts February 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    This caught my eye in your newsletter. Wow I can’t wait to try it. It looks delicious.

  17. denise low February 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for the recipe. I love all kinds of soup in the wintertime. We will try this one to.

  18. lisa February 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I tried this and it really is delicious. I’m no cook, but this was fairly easy to make. I’ll be having this again. Thanks!

  19. Rosi February 14, 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I also love making soups in the cold weather, and it is supposed to snow – again!! I’ve never made cauliflower soup, this recipe looks great, I must try it!

  20. barbara langley February 15, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Never different idea, sounds amazing though and looks delicious.

  21. lisa March 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I am really surprised that I like this. I’m not a vegetable eater in general. But, this is very good.

  22. Emily Endrizzi March 31, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Wow! This looks amazing! I have never had cauliflower chowder before. I would love to try this!

  23. Lisa March 31, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I really would like to make this with vegetable broth and no bacon. I love soup.

  24. laura rubenstein April 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    WOW just WOW!! This soup looks amazing!!!

  25. Betsy Barnes April 6, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    This is a really lovely recipe! I am a huge fan of cauliflower and love finding new recipes to use cauliflower. It really is a nice soup recipe! 🙂

  26. Debbie Welchert April 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    We love cauliflower here and we can eat soups all year long. I definitely have to try this chowder out. I know we will love it.

  27. Pam V H April 14, 2015 at 12:37 am - Reply

    This must be delicious. I really like cauliflower but have never had it in soup.

  28. Amy Green August 29, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    This would go over really well in my family. Our household has always been really big on homemade soups. I absolutely love cauliflower. I even eat it cooked as a fun snack! I am always trying to find new ways to incorporate it into recipes. This has a great combination of ingredients, and will be great during the upcoming cold weather months!

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