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Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup

Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup ~ The marriage of cauliflower-cheese soup and beer-cheese soup into one delicious pot full of golden goodness. Cauliflower Cheese Beer SoupI wanted one bottle of beer.  One bottle.  But I wanted a very specific brand (see below) and for those I had to go to the state liquor store to acquire.  However, they did not allow me to buy a single bottle, I had to buy a six-pack.  What is a non-beer drinking girl to do with the 5 extra bottles?

Luckily, three were consumed by friends who popped over, leaving me with two. One went into the soup and now, one sits all alone in the fridge, so I suppose I better think of something else to use it in.  But it won’t go bad, so I am in no hurry.  Wait, is beer like wine; it only gets better with age?

When making the soup, I used extra sharp white cheddar, which is a personal favorite. Use your favorite cheddar. Beer cheese soup is something I have wanted to make for while, as is cauliflower cheese soup, so I decided to just combine both into one extraordinarily delicious soup.

I am so glad I did. The cauliflower is completely neutral in this, you’d not really go “oh, I am eating a bowlful of pureed cauliflower.” It truly provides a fantastic base and buoys the nutrition in the dish. I ended up with this fantastic Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup. Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup ~ The Complete Savorist

Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American Fusion
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup ~ The marriage of cauliflower-cheese soup and beer-cheese soup into one delicious pot full of golden goodness.


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter; divided 1:2
  • 2 ribs of celery; chopped
  • 2 carrots; chopped
  • 32 oz . broth
  • 1 head cauliflower: chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic; chopped
  • 12 oz . cheddar cheese; grated
  • 12 oz bottled beer
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper and salt; all to taste
  • 1/4 cup flour


  1. In a large pot, saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in the butter and oil for 3 minutes.

  2. Toss in the cauliflower and allow it all to cook together for an additional 3 minutes; stirring minimally, allowing the cauliflower to get some color.
  3. Once the veggies have softened, add the broth, making sure to pull up all the stuck on bits at the bottom of the pan.
  4. Boil until the vegetables are soft and easily puree-able; less than 10 minutes on medium high.
  5. Using a food processor, blender, or immersion blender, puree until smooth. If using an immersion blender, remove the pureed soup from the pot, place it in a bowl and set aside.
  6. In the pot, melt the butter and whisk in the flour until smooth.
  7. Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure the roux is fully incorporated into the liquid.
  8. Turn heat on to medium and return the soup back to the pot, mix well.
  9. Add the beer, Dijon, paprika, 1/8 tsp of salt and pepper. Stir well.
  10. Bring the soup to low simmer and slowly, by the handful, add the grated cheese and stir until it is melted and incorporated. Repeat until all the cheese as been added.
  11. Once all the cheese has been added, taste for salt and pepper, add more if needed.
  12. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes and serve.
  13. Garnish with parsley, bacon, croutons, or more cheese if desired.

Cauliflower Cheese Beer Soup ~ The Complete SavoristCauliflower Cheese Beer Soup ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Reply
    April 8, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Oh this looks so good…beer and cheese and cauliflower – yes!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
    April 8, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Beer Cheese soup is always one of my favorites and loving this cauliflower version! So good!

    • Reply
      April 8, 2015 at 11:42 am

      I wanted to fool myself into thinking a cheese soup was nutritious. 🙂

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    April 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    Seriously, I happen to have ONE bottle of Guinness in my fridge. Fate? I can just imagine how fabulous this soup tastes. Dijon mustard??? Love. This is a keeper, thank you Michelle.

    • Reply
      April 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Allie, it just might be fate. I have a lone bottle left too. Hope you enjoy it.

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    April 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I love, love the addition of cauliflower to this soup. Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      April 8, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Have to sneak the veggies in somewhere and it’s a neutral flavor.

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    Melissa Falk
    April 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    This sounds awesome. Can’t wait to make it!

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    Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen
    April 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    You had me at Beer and Cheese!! Wow! I cannot wait to give this soup a go… just love it! 🙂

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    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    April 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Yum, I love cooking with beer, this soup sounds incredible! My husband likes Guinness so there is usually some in the house so I can make this, pinning!

    • Reply
      April 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Oh wonderful Joy, hope you enjoy it.

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    April 8, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    This cauliflower beer soup sounds fantastic. It’s on my “to do” list for sure.

    • Reply
      April 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you KC, I bet your take on it will be amazing.

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    April 9, 2015 at 7:20 am

    5 stars
    These bowls have my mouth watering; beer with sharp cheddar in a bowl of warm and savory goodness can only add up to one thing: Sheer deliciousness! Nicely done, here my friend.

    • Reply
      April 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thank you Dan, it was sheer deliciousness for my palate.

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    April 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

    this soup reminds me of living in Wisconsin! haha this looks unreal im def making this weekend for my game of thrones party 🙂

    • Reply
      April 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Well for a GoT party it needs to be served in something rustic! Have a great party.

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    April 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    If this doesn’t spell Friday night, I doesn’t know what does. Looks amazing!

    • Reply
      April 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      And I am so happy it is Friday night.

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    April 11, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Oh my – this could definitely be in my recipe rotation starting today! I love all things cauliflower, cheese and beer! 🙂 It’s a perfect combination for me. Pinned.

    • Reply
      April 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Glad to hear that Kristi.

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    Brandy M
    April 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I have been trying new recipes all with cauliflower this one looks like a winner. My hubby will love the beer in it.

    • Reply
      April 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      He gets beer and a hidden veggie. Win-win.

  • Reply
    Lily Lau
    April 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    Beer, cheese and cauliflower… definitely need to check this recipe, Michelle!

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    Hunter S
    April 16, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Recipe calls for celery but I don’t see it used in the instructions. Should they be sauteed and blended or added later?

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      April 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you for catching the omission. It goes in at the time the carrots, garlic, etc go in. I have updated the recipe.

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