A creamy, cheesy, crockpot cauliflower soup that is similar to the version served at Cafe Zupas.
This soup is best when served with crumbled bacon on top!
The other night I went to Zupas (a really great cafe with soups, salads and sandwiches) with my sister-in-law. She convinced me to get a sample of the Wisconsin Cauliflower soup. I was a little skeptical of cauliflower soup but gave it a shot. It was creamy and totally delicious. I was convinced that I needed to make a version of this soup in my slow cooker. I had to make it two times to get it right, but I did it!
The first time I tried making the soup I decided to throw the onions in raw. They totally overpowered the soup and it just did not work. The second time I took a few minutes and sautéed the onions in butter and then added them to the cauliflower in the crockpot. Bingo–perfect flavor combination without any overpowering flavors. I really try to keep my recipes to as few as steps as possible because I like to save time; however, with this recipe you really do need to take the extra step to sauté the onions. Believe me, it’s worth it!
My whole family loved this soup. I kept telling them that they needed to save me some to photograph! They loved the soup with a few croutons and, of course, crumbled bacon is never a bad thing. Personally, I like my soups with some texture in them so I’d prefer to leave some cauliflower chunks in there instead of pureeing it all. But to keep it true to the version at Zupas I pureed it all. I served my kids the soup with a diced baked potato in it…just for a little more sustenance. I hope you like this soup as much as we did!
Recipe inspired by Zupas Cafe and Chef In Training