If you want delicious comfort food that’s not heavy, Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar is perfect! Serve it with pasta shells or omit them for a low-carb, gluten-free meal!
It’s soup weather! Soup-ah!!! (Any Monty Python fans out there?)
I know I’m aging myself, but hey, if it works for cheddar, it works for me. (Someone, make the Dad jokes stop!)
OK, I think the coast is clear. I will now discuss slow cooker cauliflower soup with cheddar like a normal person.
I’ve made this soup several times over the years, always adding small pasta, such as shells or ditalini. I think it was supposed to be a low-carb recipe with only vegetables, broth, milk and cheddar, but you know me and pasta. I can’t help it. Plus, I wanted to make this a complete meal. But, feel free to go the low-carb route and omit the pasta, if you prefer.
In the morning, you’ll chop an onion and cut up a couple carrots and celery sticks. You’ll throw those in the CrockPot with frozen cauliflower (yes!), a little seasoning, and chicken stock (or veggie stock for a vegetarian version). Later in the day, you’ll get your pasta pot going, mash up the veggies right in the slow cooker, and add the soup to another pot on the stove. The milk and cheddar get added in, the cheese will melt, and the soup is ready when it’s heated through.
When the pasta is ready, you’ll keep it separate and add some to each serving, with the soup ladled on top. Then, if you’re like me, you’ll add a little more shredded cheddar on top of yours, sprinkle on some red pepper flakes, and dig into your comforting bowl of cheesy cauliflower goodness.
This is by no means a rich soup, however. There’s no cream or half and half here, so you’ll end up with a slightly creamy broth. If you use whole milk, you’ll get a creamier texture than what you see in the photos, since I only used 2% milk. (That’s what I keep in stock.)
But, especially if you’re skipping the pasta, you might want to give your soup a whirl in the food processor or mix it with an immersion blender to achieve a thicker consistency, like this Lightened Up Broccoli and Cheese Soup. It’s soup to you. (Another Dad joke!)
It’s time to go.
(Recipe Source: Adapted from Saving Dinner)