One bite of Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower soup, and you’ll know you need more! After years of making it at home, I’ve fined tuned the recipe and now declare it is BETTER than Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup! Please try this at home, folks 😉
As fate (or cravings) would have it, I made a batch of my tried and true creamy cauliflower soup, just after my family and I went to Zupas.
While at Zupas, I had to order the Wisconsin cauliflower soup . . . because what else is there??!! After admitting defeat and giving up half my bowl to a couple of littles who wanted more, I decided to go and order a second bowl because I had definitely not had my fill.
Between the 2, I might have gotten to eat a whole bowl, but how could I resist their cute pleadings to eat more vegetables. My kids love this silky, creamy soup!
And of course – so do I. While sitting down to Sunday dinner, the homemade batch was once again devoured by us all. How delightful it felt when my sweet kiddo said,
“Mom. This is better than Zupas Cauliflower Soup!”. And just like that, the title for this post was born – and I had officially picked a favorite child. 😉
I started trying Zupas copycat cauliflower soup recipes years ago, and have since fine tuned them to create the perfect consistency and calories for my happy place.
Yes, it is still creamy.
Yes, it is still cheesy.
But by adding just a little bit more of this, and a little bit of that . . . I too can stand by my claim that this creamy cauliflower soup is “better than Zupas”.
I’d love to have you give it a try, and let me know if you agree!
If you’ve never been lucky enough to step into a Zupas Cafe and try their Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup – rest assured.
You can whip this up, and not miss a thing.
It is slide-down-your-throat, and warm-your-insides good and the perfect comfort recipe for a chilly evening.
Garnish it all pretty like for serving, or simply top with a little more cheese. If you are like me, you’ll gladly skip on the crushed up crackers because that might possibly ruin the effect.
You can find the printable recipe below, but I am so accustomed to creating step by step DIY tutorials, I have to do some of that as well. Be sure to read my tips for success below.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUP
1 – Melt your butter (or oil if you choose) in a large stovetop pot. Add the onions and garlic and saute until they begin to brown. You can also put the lid on and let them sweat until more tender.
2 – Lower the heat and add the flour and stir. I like to scrape the bottom of the pan to release the flavor of the crispy onions into the soup.
3 – Add the water, broth and salt. Hold off on the milk, as it is easier to prevent burning the bottom of the pan and scorching the liquid without the milk.
Then you’ll add your chopped cauliflower florets and bring the mixture to a simmer. It helps to cover the pot.
Simmer until the cauliflower is fork tender, which should take about 15 minutes.
4 – Now you can remove the pot from the heat and add the milk.
5 – Transfer the contents into a blender, or if you have a REALLY good immersion blender, you may be able to get it creamy enough. I find the blender to be fool proof. I also add the pepper jack cheese at this point, because my kids don’t like to see the pepper flakes in their soup.
“Ewe. What’s that?!” I know – so lame.
I blend about half of the soup at a time, to prevent any mishaps with the blender.
6 – Put it all back in the pot and add the cheese and mustard and some pepper. Stir until it is all melted in and silky smooth.
That’s it! The best soup you will ever have . . . or is that going to far?
You might know if I am sharing a recipe around my home and DIY blog, then I am pretty passionate about it. You might enjoy seeing Instant Pot recipes over on my sister Marci’s side of TIDBITS.
While I happily make this on the stovetop, I am sure she could find a way to convert it to a Instant Pot recipe. Game on Marci!
For more delectable Fall soup recipes, be sure to hop around to my friends blogs to see what comfort food they cooked up – linked below.
Catch more of this Holiday series called “Tastes of the Season” in the posts I’ve shared previously, all with a different theme:
Let me know which soup is calling your name!
Easy Slow Cooker White Bean and Ham Soup by Ella Claire & Co. | Creamy Cauliflower Soup by Tidbits | Butternut Squash Minestrone by Nest of Posies | Light Creamy Mushroom Soup by The Chronicles of Home | Corn Chowder by On Sutton Place
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup by Live Laugh Rowe | Apple and Celeriac Soup by Inspired by Charm | Chicken Gnocchi Soup by Tidy Mom | Chicken and Dumplings by House 214 | French Onion Soup Bowls by Shabbyfufu
Sausage Tortellini Soup by My 100 Year Old Home | White Chicken Chili by Rooms For Rent | Roasted Pumpkin & Garlic Soup by Home Made Lovely | Healthy Halibut Chowder by Town and Country Living | Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup- Japanese Udon by Happy Happy Nester
Creamy Low-Carb Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Summer Adams | Dairy Free Cream of Broccoli Soup by Zevy Joy | Butternut Squash and Pear Soup by Nick + Alicia | Harvest Lentil Soup by French Country Cottage | Creamy Asparagus Soup with Bacon and Lime Creme Fraiche by My Sweet SavannahPrint
Better than Zupas Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Better than Zupas creamy cauliflower soup.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1 medium size onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups whole milk (can substitute half and half or other milks – but I prefer whole milk for this recipe)
- 1 14.5 oz can chicken broth
- 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 1 cup pepperjack cheese
- 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add butter to pot and melt.
- Add chopped onions and garlic into pot and saute for about 5 minutes or until beginning to brown.
- Lower heat and add flour and stir.
- Slowly add water, broth, salt and chopped cauliflower.
- Simmer covered until cauliflower is fork tender, which takes about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add milk.
- Transfer contents into a blender in comfortable batches and blend until creamy smooth. I also add my pepper jack cheese into the blender, so the pepper flakes in the cheese are also blended up.
- Pour soup back in pot and add mustard, sharp cheddar cheese and pepper. Stir together until cheese is melted and soup is smooth.
- Serve immediately, or warm when ready to eat.
- Top with some garnish, cheese, or just gobble it up silky smooth. Oh, so very good!