Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

About a week ago, we had some longtime friends come to stay and enjoy four days of delicious food, fun around Austin, and of course a lot of gun shootin’ and barbecue eatin’! By Easter Sunday, we were all worn out from the wonderful weekend but determined to make a big lunch before Mike from Massachusetts had to retire his cowboy hat and head on home… though we all thought it suited him all too well!


While I was busy on the pineapple-glazed ham and creamy scalloped sweet potatoes, classic rock strummed through out the house and the guys drifted in and out of the backyard with icy cold beers in hand. When the kitchen got too hot, I quickly followed with a sweaty fresh fruit cocktail of my own and lounged on a chair to chat. It was a perfect – and perfectly warm – way to spend Easter.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

With just about twenty minutes ‘til our late lunch, Mike got to work steaming broccoli and cauliflower and making a heavenly homemade cheese sauce to top it all off. The veggies were crisp yet tender and the smooth sauce was  scrumptious, but you better believe there were leftovers!

So, I made a soup.

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup Recipe

By blending the leftover broccoli and cauliflower with the cheese sauce, some half and half, chicken broth and additional cheddar, the versatile veggie side dish made for a delicious, simple comfort food spinoff the day after. But, since my measurements were anything but accurate in creating this soup I instead shared a broccoli-cauliflower soup I’ve had great luck with in the past, which you can find below.


With a pile of leftover fluffy Parker House rolls and a sprinkling of sliced green onions, the soup was a creamy and colorful way to welcome spring. As an easy weeknight meal or a special meal for friends and family, this vegetarian soup is super simple and absolutely scrumptious!

Happy spring, everyone. And boys… come back now, ‘ya hear!

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Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Yield: Makes 4 servings


1 quart chicken broth

1 onion, finely chopped

1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets

1/2 head broccoli, chopped into small florets

1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


In a large pot, combine chicken broth, onion, cauliflower and broccoli. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender. Add chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.

In a bowl, combine flour and milk. Whisk until there are no lumps. Add mixture to soup, stirring continuously as soup thickens. Blend with an immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor, until smooth. Stir in Cheddar cheese until completely melted.


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42 Responses to “Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup”

  1. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 17, 2012 @ 5:47 am

    Love, love, love broccoli soup! I’ve never had it with cauliflower but the more veggies the better! And I’ve also bookmarked those gorgeous parker house rolls :)

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    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — April 17, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I love broccoli cheddar soup but the addition of cauliflower certainly got my attention. I love it.

  3. #
    london bakes — April 17, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Love the combination of broccoli and cauliflower here!

  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 17, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    What a yummy soup!! Love it!

  5. #
    Joanne — April 17, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    There’s little as comforting as a good broccoli and cheese soup…and this sounds more than good.

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    Sandra — April 17, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Soup like this is good anytime of the year and what a good time you had! Isn’t that what having fun, and enjoying life is all about, good for you Georgia!

  7. #
    thecompletecookbook — April 17, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Why have I never thought of combining broccoli and cauliflower in a soup before – sounds heavenly!
    :-) Mandy

  8. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 17, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    what a great soup to have with company! simple, elegant, and delicious!

  9. #
    Judy@SavoringToday — April 17, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    We had a similar dish at Easter, but there were no leftovers to speak of. I love it when one dish so easily turns into another, yet each is distinct.

  10. #
    Paula — April 17, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Great looking soup and rolls and yes, your friend Mike certainly can wear a cowboy hat well :)

  11. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — April 17, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend with your friend! What great food you all shared!

  12. #
    Cassie/Bake Your Day — April 17, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter. And soup with leftovers is absolutely brilliant! I love soup, all year round, any kinds. Beautiful, Georgia!

  13. #
    Katie|Epicurean Mom — April 17, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    I love relaxing parties in the sun with a drink in hand and good food! Nothing better! Love the combo of broccoli and cauliflower! And those rolls look so fluffy! Yummmmy!

  14. #
    Monet — April 17, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Friends, food, and beautiful Austin spring weather. Just lovely. This looks so tempting, and perfect with those rolls. Thank you for sharing, sweet girl. I’ve been thinking of you often and hope we can connect SOON! Hugs.

  15. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 17, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    as i sit in my desk shivering (the AC is pointed DIRECTLY at me!!), this warm bowl of cream soup is all i want! Looks so delicious Georgia. :)

  16. #
    Magic of Spice — April 17, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Sounds like a good time :) And this soup looks delightful…always love creamy soups :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  17. #
    marissa at the boot — April 17, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    what could be better than friends and food? (well, maybe talking about food while eating food with friends, ha!) love this recipe. i’m a broccoli soup addict!

  18. #
    Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 17, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I love this kind of soup – creamy and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  19. #
    Cucina49 — April 17, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    That’s such a pretty soup–and a good use of the leftover cauliflower I have lurking in the fridge. Glad you had a good time with your friends!

  20. #
    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — April 17, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    Sounds like a great visit! Good food and good times. Thanks for sharing this soup recipe. You’re right – it does look perfect for spring!

  21. #
    Tina — April 17, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    You did have a great weekend. Family gatherings are always fun, especially in the springtime! I have done the add ins without measuring and wished I had. Anyhow, this soup recipe here does look delicious and creamy. Broccoli and cauliflower are made for each other-glad you posted this. Yum!

  22. #
    Pacheco Patty — April 17, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful relaxing time. I like your creative use of leftovers made into a comforting flavorful soup!

  23. #
    Deborah — April 17, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    I love that you’ve combined broccoli & cauliflower!! Sounds wonderful!

  24. #
    reem | Simply Reem — April 17, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    What a wonderful way to use those steamy creamy cauliflower n broccoli…
    Absolutely comforting!!!

    I bet you had a great fun time Georgia!!!
    Family get together are always fun…

  25. #
    wendyweekendgourmet — April 17, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    Your friend looks like a Texan to me ;)! Sounds like a great weekend…and love how smartly you re-purposed your leftovers into soup. Looks like I’m going to be in Austin next Saturday (4/28). Any chance you could tag up for some gelato? I’m hoping Monet might be free as well…

  26. #
    Pam — April 18, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    I want to make this soup! It looks wonderful Georgia.

  27. #
    marla — April 18, 2012 @ 3:23 am

    Mike does look great in that cowboy hat! Love the soup G…pinning this beauty now :)

  28. #
    A Bitchin' Kitchen — April 18, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    I looove broccoli soup. I’ve never made it, but I was pretty addicted to Panera’s version in college!

  29. #
    Baker Street — April 18, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    The only way I like broccoli is in soup and a creamy soup is just what I want right now. Gorgeous clicks Georgia! :)

  30. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 18, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    I usually see broccoli or cauliflower soup but not together. As I read your post my craving for this soup became bigger and bigger. Looks and sounds really delicious. Would love to have it with your rolls!

  31. #
    Lizzy — April 18, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Oh, I love this idea! What a great soup combo…and it’s so pretty with the sprinkling of sliced scallions. Your rolls look pretty incredible, too :)

  32. #
    Gina @ Skinnytaste — April 18, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    That looks super yummy!!!

  33. #
    Teresa, — April 18, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Soup is wonderful year round and this one is so fine looking.

  34. #
    From Valeries Kitchen — April 18, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    The soup is good and all but I think more pictures of Mike are in order :) Just kidding (sort of). The soup looks great and your Easter sounds perfect!

  35. #
    35 — April 18, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Mmmm yes please! Sounds amazing, and just look at that color. It’s gorgeous. My office is beyond freezing right now, so I can’t express how much I want this warm soup right now, ha!

  36. #
    Honey — April 18, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    i love the fact you made this soup with no cream.. YAY… looks so good, almost like a mac and cheese sauce. beautiful pics.

  37. #
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — April 19, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Delicious soup! There is nothing better than a bowl of freshly-cooked veggie soup for dinner. Love the cowboy hat :)

  38. #
    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma — April 19, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    Oh WOW this looks SOOOO yummy! What a great recipe! I will have to try it out..we are big cauliflower fans around here :)

  39. #
    Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings — April 20, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    i made this soup once and my kids totally loved it! they won’t eat the broccoli and cauliflower florets as is, but in a soup…they devoured the thing like there was no tomorrow! yours is a good recipe!

  40. #
    Rachel — May 1, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    I have to agree with Valerie’s Kitchen. Please send over an order of Mike, asap. Er… and some soup, too ;)

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    cquek — June 17, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    i am going to the supermarket tomorrow and get all the ingredients ready.

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    Anna — October 24, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Hi, thank you for the recipe! Just finished making it. It’s delicious. I did add some butter and carrots and half and half. Very good for cold winter nights :)

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