Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

This could be it!  Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup is possibly the best soup I’ve ever had!!!  It’s creamy and I absolutely loved the flavor.

My daughter dropped off a beautiful cauliflower when she left for Spring break.  I’d been craving the amazing Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup they serve at Zupas.  My friend offered me a spoonful when we were there and I vowed I’d make it soon.

It easily came together in about 45 minutes.  I served it with a light green salad and breadsticks and it was heaven.  You know though, I’m a huge fan of humble soup!

 

“Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give you a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? …Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don’t catch steak hanging around when you’re poor and sick, do you?”  ~ Judith Martin

Sensational Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup is flavorful, topped with cheese, onions, and bacon, YUM!

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Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

Trust me, this copycat recipe tastes just like the real deal and it makes 7 to 8 cups of soup.

  • You’ll need a large pot to begin.  Melt butter and cook the chopped onion until translucent and golden brown.  Whisk in the flour.  Gradually stir in half and half, water, and chicken broth.
  • Add the chopped cauliflower and heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to medium heat and allow the cauliflower to cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • With a stick blender, (use it right in your pot) or in a blender, blend the soup in batches until smooth and then return to the pot.
  • Heat soup to medium heat and add in dijon mustard and cheese, and stir until melted.
  • Ladle into bowl and top with additional cheese, sliced green onion, and bacon.
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Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup | cheerykitchen.com
Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup | cheerykitchen.com

 

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Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup
 
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Fabulous and flavorful, copycat, Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup tastes just like the real thing. Garnish with cheese, green onions, and bacon and enjoy!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 pounds cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cup half and half
  • 1½ cup water
  • 1 (14½ ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Optional Toppings:
  • Additional cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Bacon Bits
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter and cook the chopped onion until translucent and golden brown. Whisk in the flour.
  2. Gradually stir in half and half, water and chicken broth.
  3. Add the chopped cauliflower and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium low and allow the cauliflower to cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. With a stick hand blender or In a blender, blend the soup in batches until smooth.
  5. Return to the pot.
  6. Heat soup to medium heat and add in dijon mustard and cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Ladle into bowls and serve with toppings if you'd like.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Butter with a Side of Bread

 

Are you a fan of versatile cauliflower and what do you like to create with it?  Thanks for reading and stay in touch!

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Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

60 Comments

  1. Joanna

    It sounds like a delicious soup. I am into cauliflower at the moment, not longer than yesterday I have made some cauliflower rice, which was superb.

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    • Renée

      I really like cauliflower fried rice and it lowers the carbs and is good for us, win-win! Thanks Joanna.

      Reply
  2. david

    I love soups so much, and since you are saying it’s possibly the best soup, the I have to try it. Looks different and fun to make 🙂

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    • Alison

      It definitely is the best soup! 🙂 Thanks David!

      Reply
    • Renée

      Thanks David, please let me know if you agree!!!

      Reply
  3. ROBERT LEE

    Hey, this is nice. Really nice. I am passing the link to the mom of my kids, perhaps she would like to prepare this cauliflower soup. As always, beautiful photography. Thanks, Alison!

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    • Alison

      Thanks, Robert! We love your comments! This is definitely a recipe to pass on!

      Reply
  4. Varun

    I’d suggest the addition of a pinch of ginger and coriander leaves to it. Coriander improves taste by a mile. Ginger can depend on the person. But it’s worth a try.

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  5. Pink Pepper Paradise

    I love cauliflower! We usually making a basic vegetable soup and put some cauliflower inside, but it’s not creamy like your recipe. I will try it in the next week with some cheese toast.

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    • Renée

      Sounds like a splendid idea!

      Reply
    • Renée

      Me too, thanks Jessica!

      Reply
  6. Amy Scott

    I will have to put this in the archives for my WI husband later in the year. Georgia’s warming up and soups only come out for the fall/winter 🙂

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    • Renée

      We are still getting cold windy days, but I like to serve a soup like this one barely warmed even in the summer!

      Reply
  7. The Practical Saver

    I love soup, well, any kind of soup. I’ve never had cauliflower soup. I might try this one of these days. I might reduce the butter just because I cant eat too much saturated fat. Any substitute that’s healthier?
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    • Renée

      The recipe only calls for 3 tablespoons of butter, but you could always substitute olive or vegetable oil.

      Reply
  8. Adina m

    This looks tasty, i just passed on the recipe to my mom! She would absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Alison

      Thanks, Adina! I am so glad you like this recipe!

      Reply
  9. Eugenia

    This cauliflower soup looks so yummy! The photo is simply amazing! I’d love to make this soup for my family! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Pinned it!

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    • Renée

      Thanks for pinning Eugenia. When I make this soup, I do it in secret, because my family can’t leave it alone until dinner time! Hoping yours likes it as much as mine does.

      Reply
  10. Valerie Robinson

    Oh I will be trying this! Cauliflower is my fave. You have the best recipes!

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    • Renée

      Thanks Valerie, we’d love to hear about your soup!

      Reply
  11. KRYSTLE COOK

    I do like cauliflower but I have never had it in a soup before. This looks good. Reminds me of potato soup.

    Reply
    • Renée

      I like it better than potato soup Krystle. Try it and let us know what you think please!

      Reply
  12. suchi

    this looks like my kind of perfect comfort food! I have to try this! love cauliflower!
    Suchi

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    • Renée

      Thank you Suchi, if you love cauliflower you will be, “over the moon,” for this soup!

      Reply
  13. Mardene Carr

    I love soup but this is one that I am not going to drink at all because of that cauliflower…LOL

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    • Alison

      It is so smooth once you blend it down, you could drink it! I seriously didn’t even know it was cauliflower in it the first time I had it!

      Reply
  14. Ana

    This soup looks delicious. Also its quick and easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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  15. Style With Tina

    This looks sooooo good! It’s a comfort food mixed in with a little healthiness. Great recipe! 🙂

    Reply
  16. Julie Syl Kalungi

    Gimme the couliflower soup sans the cheese and we are great friends yumm OMG I never thought you could make a soup thats just cauliflower, i usuallu add otehr stuff lie peas, carrots, mushrooms. Gonna try this!
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  17. Ana De- Jesus

    I love in fact adore Cauliflower Soup although for me I would put potato or something similar as I am a vegetarian. I would like to try the original now!

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  18. Florence

    Mmmh it looks and smells sooo good!!
    And by the way, I love your blog: the style, the pictures, the colors !

    Reply
  19. Charu

    I absolutely love the sound of this soup. And of course the pictures are tempting. I love the mustard touch to it and let me tell u I share your love for soup.
    I absolutely relish broccoli cream soup though

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  20. Susan

    A soup with the word ‘Wisconsin’ in it will quickly get my attention 🙂 We don’t have that chain here but the soup recipe sounds fabulous!

    Reply
  21. lily from lilydaily.com

    I don’t usually cook with cauliflower but I know they’re very nutritious. This soup looks delicious, I will try it!

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    • Alison

      I never knew such goodness came from cauliflower! 🙂 Try it out!

      Reply
  22. Bernadette Callahan

    I have to admit I have never had cauliflower. :/ This soup does make it sound good though so I might be saving this for the fall. I think it would make a great crock pot soup! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Alison

      This is the perfect way to try out cauliflower because it emphasizes the flavors so beautifully!

      Reply
  23. Jasmine Watts

    Yummm… It sounds like a delicious soup. I love cauliflower and I have to try it.

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    • Renée

      Hope you like it too!

      Reply
  24. Sarah McDonald

    Wow, great idea for a healthier take on the traditional baked potato soup kind of thing. I’ll be cooking this one up real soon!

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    • Renée

      It’s so healthy and good!

      Reply
  25. Laura H

    I’m not a huge fan of cauliflowers on their own but when in a soup I think they’re great 🙂 The combination of cauliflower and cheese is always a good idea!

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    • Renée

      The cheese really adds to the flavor. The more you use cauliflower you will see how versatile it is!

      Reply
  26. sabine

    I love cauliflower in general AND I love soups in general. This must be heaven to me! =) I think combined with cheese, this can’t go wrong! Great recipe again and very nice presented with the tasty pictures.

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    • Renée

      Thanks Sabine, yes the soup will be heaven for you!

      Reply
  27. Idaintyit

    This looks great. I am a massive fan soup! I keep vowing to make my own but I still haven’t got around to it, I don’t know why as I make most of our meals from scratch. I will give this a go! Making myself a promise

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    • Renée

      I like to make a big batch,(often double it), so I can freeze it for several other lunches or dinners. Soup is the best!

      Reply
  28. Nina sogue

    I haven’t tasted cauliflower soup before, but this looks heavenly. My toddler is on a phase wherein he likes everything with soup. I think it’s easier for him to swallow. I would love to try this at home, though I still need to get myself a blender.

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  29. Dunja

    I’m not that into cauliflower but i do love soups. I’ll trust you and try it out, hope it’ll be good 😀
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  30. Georgia

    Although I’m not a fan of cauliflower my daughter and partner are so I’d happily make it for them! I’m impressed by the cooking time and how easy this is to make!

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    • Renée

      Thanks, you may surprise yourself and really like this Georgia!

      Reply
  31. tp keane

    oooh, I love cauliflower so much. I use it in everything I make. I’ve never had it in soup before though, so I’ll try this one.

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    • Renée

      I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love this, thanks!

      Reply
  32. Rachel Arandilla

    The best way to feed kids some vegetables are through soup. These look delightful, and will have my son try this recipe. I am always trying to get him to have more greens in his diet.

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    • Renée

      Yay Rachel, you’re right, cheering for more veggies, thanks!

      Reply
  33. Roselle Toledo

    My friend who is on Cohen diet told me about cauliflowers. I have been on a low carb diet for years and they say cauliflower is a great substitute for rice. I have never tried though. I just make sure I check out the list of food with low glycemic index to make sure I don’t overindulge. This soup recipe is so easy to make. I’ll try making one once the cauliflower is in abundance in the lowlands.

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    • Renée

      Hi Roselle, I like to use cauliflower in place of rice and potatoes. My granddaughter likes Au Gratin Cauliflower better than Au Gratin Potatoes! Thanks…

      Reply

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