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This Creamy Cauliflower Chowder is pure, delicious comfort food! It’s also a hearty, filling option for anyone on a low carb diet.
A few months ago, when we hosted our first reader survey, 86% of A Family Feast readers who took that survey told us that they are trying to eat healthier. Jack and I are just like you – in between celebrations and special occasions where we might indulge a bit (or – a lot!) 😉, we are trying to eat healthier too.
While my idea of healthier eating is along the lines of Whole30 or Weight Watchers – over the last few months, my husband Jack has been following a very low carb, ketogenic diet. Delicious recipes like today’s Creamy Cauliflower Chowder are just one way that he’s been able to stay on track.
Later this month, Jack will be sharing more of his story with all of you, talking about why he has decided to follow a low carb, keto diet. You’ll be seeing more recipes like this Creamy Cauliflower Chowder on A Family Feast too. (But don’t worry – these types of recipes will be in addition to all of the other types of recipes we share here. After all, it’s about balance, right?)
And – no matter what type of recipe we’re sharing here – the gold standard is that it has to be delicious!
And – this Creamy Cauliflower Chowder is very delicious! Tender chunks of cauliflower and zucchini are swimming in a thick, creamy, white cheddar cheese broth with really wonderful flavors. This is seriously-good comfort food in a bowl!
Even if you aren’t following a low carb diet, you’ll love this simple, luxuriously rich soup that is loaded with vegetables – and flavor! By the way – this chowder is also gluten-free.
This Creamy Cauliflower Chowder recipe also makes a nice big pot – so it’s great for feeding a crowd or for packing up to take to work for lunch the next day.
1 large head of cauliflower, about 2 ½ pounds
6 tablespoons butter
1 ½ cups red onion, chopped
1 cup celery chopped, 2 large stalks
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
½ teaspoon dry marjoram
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ cups zucchini, half inch diced
2 cups vegetable broth
1 ¼ cups light cream
Dash hot sauce
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
Remove core and leaves from cauliflower and break the rest into small to medium florets.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Place cauliflower into boiling water and cook about 8 minutes or until cauliflower is tender when pierced with a fork. Reserve ½ cup of the cauliflower water and drain the rest. Set cauliflower aside.
In a large pot, melt butter over medium to medium high heat and add onions and celery and cook for three minutes.
Add garlic, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper and cook for one minute.
Add zucchini and cook two minutes.
Add cooked cauliflower and cook two more minutes.
Add stock, reserved cauliflower water and bring to a simmer.
Remove from heat and add cream, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Remove three cups to a blender and puree or use an emersion blender. Pour this back into the soup and add the sharp cheddar cheese. Stir to combine and adjust seasoning.
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