Cauliflower Chowder

A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Since we’ve relocated out to the Bay Area, I’ve been making a lot of cozy soups to get us through these chilly nights. But instead of making my usual carb-loaded chowders that I love so much, I tried something a little bit lighter and more hearty. After all, spring is officially here, sweater season is slowly coming to an end, and bikini season will be here before you know it.

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Now I’ll be honest – being the carboholic that I am, I was very skeptical about using cauliflower in place of potatoes, but boy, was I in for a treat.

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

The cauliflower was an amazing low-carb substitute, and it’s really such a perfect way to sneak in some good ol’ veggies for those picky eaters. And to balance out all that veggie goodness, I just had to add some crisp bacon bits because at the end of the day, bacon just makes everything 10000x times better. Either way, this is one cozy, hearty soup that the whole family will gobble up!

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Cauliflower Chowder

A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, until barely crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower are tender, about 12-15 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. If the chowder is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and parsley, if desired.

Adapted from The Miniature Moose

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 193.1 Calories from Fat 102.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.4g 18%
Saturated Fat 4.8g 24%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 18.6mg 6%
Sodium 124.4mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 17.4g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3.0g 12%
Sugars 6.4g
Protein 7.7g 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This recipe makes it easy to get your recommended 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Each portion contains 4 servings of veggies! Each portion is also a great source of potassium, a mineral that many of us don’t get enough of!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.