Bacon Cauliflower Chowder

A delicious new soup recipe I developed for our traditional Sunday Soup Day! It’s creamy and rich, packed with cauliflower and bacon, without being too heavy.

Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder
Start out with some browned and crispy bacon…
Bacon and Cauliflower Chowder
Just messing around with camera angles. A box grater makes shredding fresh carrots simple!
Bacon and Cauliflower Chowder
Bacon and Cauliflower Chowder
Bacon and Cauliflower Chowder

Bacon Cauliflower Chowder

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  • Yield: 4 – 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Appetizer, Side, Entree


  • 8 slices of thick-cut bacon, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cored and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add bacon to a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Cook bacon until it is browned and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on paper towels.
  2. Drain all but 2 – 3 tbsp. of the bacon fat from the pot.
  3. Return pot to medium heat and add cauliflower and carrots. Saute until softened and lightly browned, about 7 – 10 minutes.
  4. Remove half of the carrot and cauliflower mixture and add to a blender. Add 2 cups of chicken stock and blend until smooth. Return this mixture to the pot.
  5. Add remaining stock, mix well and lower heat to a simmer.
  6. In a separate pan, melt the butter. When the butter is melted, add the flour and stir well to make a roux. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Add milk to roux and whisk well to get rid of any clumps.
  8. Add cheese and whisk until melted. Add this mixture to the soup pot and stir well. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Add bacon to the soup and let it all simmer, stirring often, for about an hour before serving. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
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