This easy recipe for Hearty Chicken Cauliflower Soup will warm you up inside and out. Thick and filling, full of tender bites of chicken…make extra for tomorrow’s lunch because everyone will want to have this again, I promise!
As much as I love summer – and I absolutely DO love summer, and am already weepy at the disappearance of the heirloom tomatoes and local peaches…I am always cheered by the onset of Soup Season. This easy recipe for hearty chicken cauliflower soup is one of 74 soup recipes on this here site – I just counted.
Which means I could make soup for dinner for more than two months straight if I wanted to, and now that there is a snap in the air, I just might want to. (Southern husband: You Have Been Warned.) Because soups are comfortingly cozy, and one of the easiest things I know to whip up. And this creamy (with no cream involved), thick, scrumptious soup is no exception. Let’s make it!
I think my devotion to soup stems partly from the fact that I am one of those people who is cold all the time. It can be 90 degrees outside and I still need my favorite blanket with me at all times when I am snuggled up on the couch with a good book. As you can imagine, I spend lots of time right where I am now, sitting in front of my computer writing about soup, but luckily I have a combination of constant companion and foot warmer.
So it’s not really any surprise that my battered recipe notebook of ideas and notes about things to make has a very long soup section, and at any given time I have several in various stages of testing. This one came together very quickly, because I had already gone down this road with my Winter Vegetable Soup, which simmers up a bunch of veggies in broth and then purees them into warm and wonderful creaminess without a speck of cream.
With this soup, I wanted to let the cauliflower lead the way in terms of flavor, so the only veggies in this one are lots of wonderful cauliflower and some potatoes to give it that extra thick texture. And I also wanted to include some protein, because I am heading into another round of the Whole 30, which requires a generous amount of protein in each meal. And because who doesn’t love a nice hearty chicken soup?
This is a perfect way to use up leftover cooked chicken, and if you don’t happen to have any leftover cooked chicken on hand, you can pick up a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket and it will work just fine. A few more ingredients and a whirl in your blender, and you are ready for fall! Happy chicken soup, everyone.Print
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for garnish
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Two cups shredded cooked chicken, room temperature
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and saute the onion until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Fill a large pot with water and add potatoes. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower and boil for 5 minutes more until both the potatoes and the cauliflower are tender. Drain.
- Heat the broth in the microwave for about a minute until it is hot (I do this in a Pyrex measuring cup for easy pouring in the next step!).
- Add cooked onions, potatoes and cauliflower to the blender. Pour in hot broth and thyme. Process until everything is nice and smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper – I usually like about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt in my batch of soup, but you add what tastes right to you.
- Pour the soup into a mixing bowl and stir in most of the chicken. Ladle into bowls, garnish with a little mound of the remaining chicken, grind on some pepper and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Feel very cozy.
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. And if you make this recipe, I would love you to tag @FramedCooks on Instagram so I can see the deliciousness!