Roasted Broccoli + Cauliflower Soup (with Bacon and White Cheddar!)

Orrrr luscious roasted broccoli and cauliflower, crispy bacon AND super sharp white cheddar cheese soup. Actually what it really should be called is awesome. Yes. That is correct.

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So yeah, this soup. What can I say? It’s the soup that you will want on a cold day or on a lazy Sunday where grilled cheese and soup are all that’s needed to create the coziest of Sundays and get you through watching football. Okay so maybe that’s just me. This soup reminds me of a better, roasted version of this soup but with the addition of cauliflower and BACON. Come to think of it, what isn’t better with the addition of bacon? Absolutely nothing.

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This soup begins and ends with bacon. It adds a welcoming smoky touch, but totally takes the back seat to the roasted broccoli, cauliflower and the sharp white cheddar. Yet somehow I’m unsure if this soup would be what it is without those crispy little lardons and truthfully I don’t want to find out. It’s a soup that will warm your soul, or as my dad would always say… “It’ll put hair on your chest”. Which really isn’t going to make anyone try this soup soooo let’s just forget I even said that, deal? {Hi- Love you, Dad!}

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Grab the largest head of cauliflower and broccoli you can lay your mitts on.

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Cut the cauli into uniform sized florets…

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Drizzle them with a couple tablespoons of olive oil…

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… and a generous pinch of kosher salt.

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Do the same cutting, oiling and salting to the broccoli florets. Roast both pans of vegetables in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until they start to caramelize and are knife tender, swap racks halfway through roasting.

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For me the broccoli was done at 20 and the cauli needed 5 more minutes. So watch’em and pull them out when they are done.

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Reserve 1/4 of each pan of roasted cauliflower and broccoli. We’ll be adding these back in a little later but for now set them off to the side.

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Add diced applewood or pecanwood bacon to a Dutch oven and heat over medium low.

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Add a teaspoon of olive oil to get the bacon off to a good start.

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Cook until golden and super crispy.

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With a slotted spoon drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate and set off to the side for a smidgen.

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Dice up a good size onion… about a cup will do.

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And mince up two cloves of fresh garlic.

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Drain off all but a tablespoon {just eyeball it} of bacon fat and sauté the onions…

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…until soft. About 5 minutes.

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Add the garlic in and cook for a minute or two.

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Measure out 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth. I know, I know this cup reads 3. But really you want 4. Trust.

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Add the broth to the pot…

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…along with the rest of the roasted broccoli…

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… and the rest roasted cauliflower.

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Stir, increase heat to medium…

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…cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Awww yes! Vegetable deliciousness!

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Ladle out spoonfuls of the tender vegetables and broth…

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…and place into a blender. OR you could use an immersion blender right into the pot. Blend…

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…until smooth.

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Pour the pureed soup back into the pot…

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Reduce the heat to low and measure out 1 cup heavy cream. Yes, 1 cup. Of cream.

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Pour the cream right on in…

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Add that bowl of saved roasted veg in as well.

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And don’t you dare forget that cheddah! That’s 4 ounces, grated fresh… or a heaping cup.

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Stir until the cheese has melted and soup is warmed through. No need to bring back to a boil or any of that noise. Taste and check for seasoning. I added 1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt… then I seasoned my personal bowl with lots of black pepper.

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I garnished my bowl of soup with the crispy bacon pieces, fresh torn parsley and uh-duh… more cheddar.

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Then I served this soup next to a grilled cheese sandwich for the ultimate cheese dinner.

Not to be confused with cheese lunch.

Dig in!

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Roasted Broccoli + Cauliflower Soup (with Bacon and White Cheddar!)

Roasted broccoli and cauliflower blended with bacon and sharp white cheddar. YUM!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 8 cups)

1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 8 cups)

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided

kosher salt

2 strips slab applewood bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 cup diced yellow onions

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup heavy cream

4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (plus more for serving)

fresh parsley, torn (for garnish)

black pepper, for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Separate broccoli and cauliflower florets on two sheet pans. Drizzle both pans with two tablespoons of olive oil each and season with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until caramelized and knife tender. Swap racks halfway during roasting. Remove and set a quarter of both the broccoli and cauliflower off to the side.

Meanwhile in a Dutch oven add the bacon and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Heat over medium-low until bacon is cooked and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain off all but a tablespoon of bacon fat.

Add the onions to the pot, stir and cook 5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the broth and the remaining cauliflower and broccoli. Cover, increase the heat to medium and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Ladle the broth and vegetables into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pot, reduce the heat to low and add in the heavy cream. Stir and add the reserved vegetables and grated white cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted and the soup is heated through.Taste-check and season with kosher salt to your preference {I added 1-1/2 teaspoons}.

Ladle soup into four bowls, top with crispy bacon, torn parsley, more cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of black pepper.

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45 Responses to “Roasted Broccoli + Cauliflower Soup (with Bacon and White Cheddar!)”

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    Annie — September 17, 2014 at 12:05 am

    OMG this looks so delicious! I’ve have cauliflower soup, and I’ve had broccoli soup, but never the two together, I can’t wait to try this!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — September 17, 2014 at 12:48 am

    The presentation on this soup is just stunning. Love your photos! Can’t wait to try this out!

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    Lori — September 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I know what I’ll be making on Saturday! This looks incredible!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Girlfriend, this looks off the charts!! Pass me a spoon!

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    Leisa Joan — September 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    My Daughter loves Broccoli cheddar soup so this will be a nice improvement!! & she does not like orange cheese, so love the white cheddar! thanks, ljp

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    Lindsay — September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    What a wonderful idea to
    Roast the veggie first…can’t wait to try this on a cool Octobe football weekend!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    You know me, I’m hands down sold on anything that begins and ends with bacon!!

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — September 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

    This soup is a bowl of savory yumminess! A must try for sure!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — September 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Laurie, this is some stunning soup. Everything good in there…I could eat the whole panful.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Oh my gosh, Laurie!!! This soup looks amazing! I was practically drooling as I scrolled through the pictures–it was torture 🙂 Definitely putting this on my fall soup bucket list!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 20th, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

      Thank you Laura!! <3

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    danielle — September 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I am debating withholding the cream. It tastes delicious and creamy as is in my pot here . . . roasting is key to this amazing flavor. Great recipe, Laurie (as always!!!)!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 24th, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

      Hi Danielle! That’s totally up to you. Seriously the only thing is that it does bring the volume of the soup a bit but if you want more volume you could try doing another cup or 1/2 cup even of broth. I’m so happy you’ve made the soup!! Enjoy! ❤️

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    danielle — September 26, 2014 at 5:43 am

    ps I’m in your mitten state for a wedding in Holland this weekend!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 26th, 2014 @ 6:40 am

      Holland is beautiful! I’m on the other side of the mitten but have been there before. Have a great time!

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    Robyn — September 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Delicious!!!! So comforting 🙂

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    E — October 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Tried. Approved:)

    Instrumental step: Taste-check at the end.

    Thank you Laurie again – so far, my attempts to make broccoli cream have been failures due to cheese curdling:( Which really was sad as I love broccoli cream and I’ve always wanted to make it at home… Now I can, thanks to your recipe! Yay! Thank you, Laurie!

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    Anne — October 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Laurie this was fantastic! Omitted the cream (added more stock), but otherwise made unaltered. Found it got better with time as the flavours married. Just polished off the last of the left-overs and wishing I had more!!

    Have loved everything I’ve made from your blog – recipes are always easy to follow and steps are very clear! Thanks for another great one

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    Petra Holt — November 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Laurie! so I found you yesterday (oh boy am I happy I did!) and I made this soup today….it is so so perfect and comforting and light even with the cream and bacon in it that I think I will drink it! my 3 year old was fighting the look (mommy it has too many dots lol the broccoli dots :D) but he is shoveling it in and I can’t be happier. thank you so much, I can’t wait to try your other recipes! greetings from CO

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 7th, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

      Hi Petra! I’m so happy to hear you and your son are enjoying this soup! It’s a new favorite of ours

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    E — November 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I tried this recipe with broccoli alone, with stock alone (that is, without cream), or with 2% milk instead of cream. Tasted excellent every time. And it does require 4 cups of stock, just like Laurie says. Only once did I get it wrong by making it a bit too “liquidy” (I guess I didn’t use enough veggies) . But aside from that one time, it turned out excellent every time. Thanks again:)

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    Carrie — November 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Making this now! I couldn’t believe I had all the ingredients, right down to the extra sharp cheddar! I’m a huge x-sharp cheddar fan – homemade au gratin potatoes or mac & cheese are not the same even with regular sharp. I can’t wait to serve this! I have half ‘n’ half in the fridge, so I’ll use that and bulk it up by serving over rice.

    It’s smelling perfect!! (not to mention a few taste-tests along the way already!)

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    Joyce — November 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I really like cauliflower and broccoli, and I like turkey bacon (no pork for me, thank you!) and cheddar–this sounds like a terrific soup, with only minor adjustments (can’t have garlic in any form whatsoever).

    Thank you for the pin 🙂

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    Karen K — January 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Looks good! Instead of topping with bacon, try topping with toasted pretzel croutons made from pretzel rolls :)))

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    Karen+K — January 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Can I use half & half instead if the cream? I wish you would have included approximately how many lbs of cauli & broccoli to buy. That would be helpful. Guess I’ll grab the largest I can find, like you said.

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    Karen K — January 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Hi, I just made this. Takes a LOT of time for prep work. It tastes good, but a bit bland. I added 3 tsp salt. Don’t care for the broccoli taste. I have another cauliflower soup recipe that I like better with basically same ingredients, but with added herbs & no broccoli. Topped off with pretzel bun croutons :)))
    I would give this recipe 3 stars.

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    Rose — March 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I just made this! SOOO Tasty and relatively healthy. DO you have an ideas for substitutions on the heavy cream?

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    Michelle — April 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Hello. This looks delicious! Do you know if there is something I could sub instead of cream? Or do you know how it would be if I just left this step out? Thanks so much!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 19th, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

      Hi Michelle! You could try substituting the cream with pureed white beans. Or you could even try half and half. Enjoy!

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    Kirsten — April 20, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! It is cold and rainy (early spring in Wisco) so this soup plus warm hearty grain (take-n-bake) bread was perfect. I used a shallot along with a small onion and a touch of Penzey’s shallot pepper blend but otherwise followed it exactly. Delicious! We’ll have it again.

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    Sallie — July 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Im planning on using leftover whey from yogrut for this recipe should I use the whey in place of all of the stock or do half and half?

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    Lisa — October 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Instead of bacon, made with crabmeat which I added after the cream and with the remaining veg. Unbelievable!

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    Diana — February 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I just made this and it’s fabulous! I don’t have a printer so my handwritten notes forgot to take out the bacon as a garnish so it’s part of the puree… Doesn’t make a difference. It’s easy to make, tastilicious! This is another keeper. I made the Chicken Noodle Soup last week! Thank you Now I see I should try with crabmeat… OMG! Thank you!

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    Sara — February 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Just made this tonight. Prep was pretty easy. Loved the idea of cauliflower and white cheddar. I ended up adding 1 tbsp of lemon juice and the cause it was so cheesy fatty. Not a bad thing though. It was a huge hit. Thanks for the recipe.

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    andrew — October 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Just made this and its awesome i did however sub the heavy cream with low fat half and half and its still very rich and cheesey

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 30th, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

      I’m so happy to hear it, Andrew! Thanks for coming back and leaving a review!

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    Suzie467 — November 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Darn it mine didn’t come out creamy. Maybe it’s because I used an emulsion blender. It’s grainy but still good

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 15th, 2016 @ 10:15 pm

      Hi Suzy! It may just have needed more time to thicken up. I’m glad you still enjoyed it! 🙂

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    Wendy — December 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I made this yesterday & it was DELICIOUS!! Do you think this would freeze well?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 12th, 2016 @ 9:10 am

      I’ve not tried freezing it yet. If you do try it, I would defrost slowly. Sometimes the texture of cream based soups change after being frozen. 🙂

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    Sally hogan — December 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Not that great!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 17th, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

      Hi Sally, I’m sorry you feel that way.

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    Rebecca DeLozier Clements — December 19, 2016 at 12:04 am

    So delish! I’ve made a bunch of roasted vegetable soups this season and this recipe is definitely one I will repeat. I threw a couple of parsnips in as well. This is dressy and tasty enough for guests (although my family enjoyed this evening). I am digging how pureed soup turns out in the Vitamix!

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    Janet — April 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Made this a few years back look no further guys this is the recipe your looking for trust me it disappears in mins everyone loves it and has been in our recipes ever since ty very much for sharing this it’s so awesome

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 13th, 2017 @ 8:12 am

      I’m so happy you like it, Janet!

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