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Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup

I love everything about classic loaded baked potato soup – bacon, cheese, green onions, thick and creamy soup – but I don’t love the calories and fat. One cup of loaded baked potato soup with bacon can have over 500 calories and 12 PointsPlus®. For one cup! So for a healthier option I have been making my own cheesy baked potato soup with cauliflower. It’s lower calorie, lower carb, and I absolutely love the earthy flavor the cauliflower adds. Paired with some crispy turkey bacon and green onions it makes the perfect meal to warm up on a cold or rainy day.

Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Information: 224 calories, 9.5g of fat, 13.9g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 22.8g of protein, 9g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 pieces turkey bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1.5 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. flour (arrowroot for very low carb)
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • Optional: hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Add the cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Remove the cauliflower and add the celery, onion, and garlic. Pulse until finely chopped. You can also dice the cauliflower, celery, onion, and garlic into small pieces or if you plan to blend the soup, you can leave in in larger pieces.
  2. Add the bacon to a large pot and cook until crispy. Remove bacon and all but 1 tbsp. bacon drippings. Set aside.
  3. Add onion, celery, and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add the cauliflower, 2 cups broth, and 2 cups milk. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until cauliflower is soft. If desired blend with an immersion blender at this point for a creamier soup.
  4. Stir together the flour (arrowroot) and water. Stir into soup and bring to a boil then down to a simmer for 2 minutes. This will thicken the soup. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and bacon. Serve with diced green onions.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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4 Response to Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup

  1. Hanna on June 7, 2014

    This was SO FREAKING GOOD! I added some red pepper flakes and left it chunky. Husband wasn’t sold on it until he had some. He went back for seconds and asked me to make it again. :) Hooray!

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    • Kristen on June 10, 2014

      Thanks! So happy to hear you enjoyed it.

      Reply
  2. heather on June 30, 2014

    Is the cauliflower supposed to be roasted or steamed before food processing it?

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    • Hanna on July 11, 2014

      I never roast or steam first.

      Reply

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