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Cream of Cauliflower Soup Luxurious & Quick

This delicious creamy cauliflower soup is enriched with a simple roux based white sauce and features hints of cumin and paprika!

Portrait overhead image of cauliflower florets ina cream of cauliflower soup with flecks of parsley and paprika

Cream of Vegetable Soups.

There are many ways to make a “cream of soup”, the most common is to add some cream and blend it with vegetables.

It is that approach that I take with both my cream of asparagus soup and cream of celeriac soup.

This little cauliflower number, on the other hand, uses a roux based white sauce, or bechamel sauce to give it its proper name.

This makes the soup both lighter and in many ways feel more luxurious than your average cream based soup.

I also like to add some spices to this soup!

Cumin is simply glorious with cauliflower and my adopted nation has taught me that a sprinkle of paprika makes everything better!

If you are lover of both cauliflower and spice in your soups then you should check out my Cauliflower and Broccoli Thai Curry Soup!

Portrait close up image of cauliflower florets ina cream of cauliflower soup with fleks of parsley and paprika

The Secret to a Perfect Bechamel Sauce.

I’m the sort of cook that believes the secret to many of the great classic techniques is patience.

Cooking the perfect bechamel requires nothing more than a bit of care and attention.

It is a great mother sauce to learn, not least because it is pretty essential to making the best lasanga bolognese.

The first thing that you must do is cook out the flour.

If you do not do this you will end up with a grainy texture and the flavour of raw flour and nobody wants that.

You need to make sure that the pan is not too hot as you also want this sauce to be white, not brown.

Then all you need to do is add the milk a little at a time, beating it until you have created a smooth paste each time.

Portrait image of cauliflower florets in a cream of cauliflower soup with flecks of parsley and paprika

Leftovers and Recipe Scaling.

This soup will serve 4 as a starter or lunch or 2 as a greedy guts main course soup.

You can scale this soup up or down with no issues and the cooking times remain the same.

It will store for 3-4 days in the fridge but it will not stand reheating over and over again. If you do this the cauliflower will completely break down.

If like me you are cooking for a smaller family you will likely have lots of cauliflower leftover.

I ordinarily plan to make this recipe in the same week that I am making my roast cauliflower steak or aloo gobi.

Square image of cauliflower florets in a cream of cauliflower soup with flecks of parsley and paprika
Yield: 2 Servings

Cream of Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This cream of cauliflower soup is not blitzed to a smooth soup, but is left chunky and is enriched with a roux based white sauce.


  • 325 g (1 Cup) Cauliflower
  • 75 g (1/2 Cup) Onion
  • 100 g (1 Cup) Carrot
  • 1 Stick Celery
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 50 g (3 Tbsp) Butter
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 500 ml (2 Cups) Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 25 g (1/4 Cup) Flour
  • 200 ml (3/4 Cup + 2 Tsp) Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • 5 g (1/4 Cup) Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Pinch Sweet Paprika


  1. Cut the carrot, onion and celery into a 5mm dice.
  2. Slice the garlic as thinly as you can.
  3. Heat half of the butter over a medium heat.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and celeriac and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut the cauliflower into 1-2cm florets, finely slicing any stalks.
  6. Add the cumin to the onion mix cook for a further 1 minute.
  7. Add the cauliflower and stir to combine.
  8. Add in the vegetable stock and the bay leaf and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Heat the remaining butter over a medium heat in a separate pan.
  10. When melted add in the flour and cook out the flour for 5 minutes stirring continuously.
  11. Add 50ml of the milk to this mix and beat until it is thoroughly combined.
  12. Repeat this process until all of the milk has been combined and you have a thick smooth sauce.
  13. Add this sauce to the soup mix and cook on for a further 5 minutes
  14. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and chopped parsley.
  15. Sprinkle with sweet paprika to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 998mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Thursday 31st of May 2018

I love all the flavorings you've added to your cauliflower soup! I would never have thought to put cumin in it! I love cumin and now I have another recipe to make just so I can add it! Your soup looks amazing and delicious and I look forward to making it!

Brian Jones

Friday 1st of June 2018

I think cumin has a great affinity with cauliflower, give it a try and enjoy :D

Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Cauliflower is one of my favourite veggies and you can't beat a good, hearty comforting soup! A big 'ol bowl of this and some bread and I'm set!

Brian Jones

Friday 1st of June 2018

Same here!


Thursday 31st of May 2018

What a delicious soup Brian, cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies, love that you added a white sauce to thicken it!

Brian Jones

Friday 1st of June 2018

Mine too, a roux-based white sauce is so good at thinking creamy soups

Charlene @ That Girl Cooks Healthy

Friday 11th of December 2015

Brian your website is AMAZING I found myself negativing and just simply being in awe of your wonderful recipes, however this cauliflower soup really caught my eye. I love drinking soup during the wintertime and this is the type of soup that I could easily consume on a daily basis.

Brian Jones

Friday 11th of December 2015

Thank you so much for your kind words Charlene, made my day :D I'm with you on soup, I love the stuff and have to try hard not to put too many on here... Such a versatile way of getting masses of flavour and texture into a dish!

Howie Fox

Saturday 14th of November 2015

Cauliflower deffo never belonged to my favorite veggies, but the older I get the more I like it. The soup looks really awesome, Brian!!

Brian Jones

Monday 16th of November 2015

Cheers Howie, I'm with you on that... My Mum would not get me in the same room as a Cauliflower when I was growing up, like many vegetables in all fairness ;) I have come to love it in later years though and it is now one of my favourites.

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