Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cheater's Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Are you a cheater?
Does your spouse or significant other know?
C'mon- Now is the time to fess up!

 I admit it.
I am a cheater.
Well, maybe not in the way
that you think!
My family thinks I slave away for hours
preparing my super delicious (ahem) meals.
Well,  I am here to tell you that 
sometimes cheating is a 
Take the case of 
Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Do I start with a fresh head of cauliflower?
Do I wash it and cut it and steam it?
No! I! Do! Not! 
This is how I start MY SOUP!
I microwave it as per instructions on the package.
While that is microwaving
I take 1/3 cup of butter and melt it 
in a sauce pan.  
Then I stir in 1/3 cup flour with a whisk.
After stirring for a few minutes
I add 2 cups of milk and 
2 cups of chicken broth
2 Tablespoons of onion flakes.
and cook and stir for about 5 minutes
until thickened.
While that is cooking I put the bag of
Cheesy Cauliflower in the blender 
and process until smooth-
(We like ours a bit chunky). 
Then throw it into the crockpot
along with the soup mixture from the pot.
Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar and 
cook on low until cheese is completely melted.

This is SO good on a cold winter's day.
If you want it even thicker 
you can stir a few 
dried potato flakes into the crockpot.
You will get rave reviews.

Ladle it up and throw a 
few cut up green onions on top
to make it purdy!
Serve with a side salad and crusty bread.
Listen, make sure you throw a little 
water on your forehead so that it
looks like you have been slaving 
over a hot stove all day.
It really gives you a lot more
not that 
I would ever do anything like THAT!

Here's the recipe:

Cheesy Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Micowave 1 family size bag of 3 cheese cauliflower veggies
While that is microwaving:
Melt 1/3 cup butter
Stir in 1/3 cup flour (I use Wondra but reg flour will do)
Slowly add: 2 cups Swanson’s Chicken Broth
                    2 cups milk (or ½ and ½ )
Stir in:  2 Tablespoons onion flakes (or onion powder to taste)
Cook for a few minutes until thickened and bubbly
Using blender- puree bag of cheesy cauliflower then put in crockpot
Add soup mixture from stove top
Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cook on low until cheese is melted and ready to serve
If you want thicker soup stir in potato flakes until you reach desired consistency

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  1. LOVE how you think! This sounds, looks and I bet tastes sooooo good. My husband loves cauliflower soup so think I will have to "slave" over the, love the water tip too.....clever and cute!!

  2. You are my hero!!! :) Thank you for this easy recipe!

  3. Just like the lady in the rice crispie treat commercials! I knew you were too good to be true! LOL
    I cannot have this anymore and my guys would never touch cauliflower, ever. I would have done it before. I put it in my veggie soup, though, and I wash mine and cut it up all by myself! This is one thing I will buy frozen, depends on the price of it and fresh. I never buy frozen broccoli because I do not like the stems!
    Have a good one and eat some of that for me.

  4. What a great idea - and I don't even have to throw water on my forehead - dragging the blender out is enough to make this menopausal mama sweat profusely LOL.

  5. Your soup looks so yummy. I like recipes like that.

    (I saw the news about your brother at The House in the Roses just wanted to say how sorry I am).

  6. Your soup looks so yummy. I like recipes like that.

    (I saw the news about your brother at The House in the Roses just wanted to say how sorry I am).

  7. I am liking the results of this cheater recipe :) How purdy it looks with the green onion on top!

  8. What? I have never had cauliflower soup, or heard of it! I love learning new stuff!

  9. LOL yes, be sure and sprinkle some water on that forehead...
    I made chicken friend rice last night, straight from the microwave...

  10. This looks great Diana! Will definitely be giving this one a try. Thanks for passing it along!


  11. Oh boy does that sound good. I prefer creamy soups myself. Of course I would as they are creamier. Yum!!

  12. This sounds really good. I have never had cauliflower soup before. I would like to try it. Thank you!

  13. You think like me. LOL! I will be using this recipe soon. xo

  14. Diana,
    Thank you for sharing a very delicious recipe with us! Yummy I am going to make it and share your post!

  15. Today is going to be a soup day at our house. This looks like another one I need to add to my "secret" stash. Love easy!

  16. Oh my gosh..I want to come to your house! This looks amazing...especially on a cold winter day like today ...

    I'll be right over ...😉

  17. Dianna,
    My mouth is watering just looking at this but i can no longer eat things like this ....
    My IBS would kick in with a vengenance and you know where I would be spending the rest of the day.....

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, there is a lot of irish in Pa.


  18. Good Morning Diana, Your soup looks so yummy. We started our day at a -4, don't know the wind chill, just rolled over in bed and went back to sleep. Your soup looks yummy. On a cold day any kind would do or a pot of stew with hot biscuits. Cooking for one is a bummer, but Marie Callender's and I get do very well. I just wish you could get a smaller bags of salad mix, spinach, and that kind of thing. Have a great day. Many Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  19. Great recipe-I love cauliflower so I'm absolutely going to do this one. I love that Sandra (i think) chef who does semi-homade-noone ever suspected my chili, which won a prize, is cheater chili! That is how I like to roll...

  20. You are a tricky lady for sure!!! :-) I will have to try this because the cauliflower would blend in so well with the cheese, that DH would never know there is a veggie in there. He eats around the broccoli in the broccoli cheese soup.

  21. Oh, my that sounds so good! My kind of cooking. Yummy! Hugs, Anna

  22. Ha! I love it! I'm headed to the grocery store this morning (booo), I just may have to pick up a bag of your secret soup mix. :)

  23. You are too funny! That soup sounds delish! I have plans for cream of potato soup for tonight & can't wait! Love creamy soups!~TJ

  24. My goodness, Diana, that looks delicious. It's also a good idea if someone decides to drop in unexpectedly for supper. I must get the ingredients and try this. It's also very nourishing. The soup is full of calcium.

  25. Ah you, you

    Way to go girl...and that does look delish.

    Now I am going to make it, but I am going to have to "cheat" a bit by using a real cauli...because I can't find that product here in Canada...but don't worry, I won't tell.


  26. This doesn't look like cheating to still looks like work.
    Opening a can is cheating!!

  27. Looks yummy! I wish I had more family members that like cauliflower as much as I did. You know those veggie plates? Yeah, the only thing left over is always the cauliflower. Ah, phooey! I'll make it for ME!! ;)

  28. OOOH- so Cheezy and easy!!! Thanks for the secret!!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

  29. There is nothing better than hot soup in the winter time. This sounds wonderful and it's my kind of shortcut.

  30. That does look good Diana! So easy too! I'll have to remember about the water on the forehead thing if I try

  31. also need to make sure that you don't leave your 'outer on so that the family don't see Nana Diana's blog! Oops....guess what I did?! Joan

  32. also need to make sure that you don't leave your 'outer on so that the family don't see Nana Diana's blog! Oops....guess what I did?! Joan

  33. Now, that's my kind of recipe and I LOVE soup!! 'Got any good gazpacho soup recipes?

  34. OOOOO, you're my kinda cook.
    Gonna have to print this out and give it a try. It sounds YUMMY!!

  35. Oh this sounds good and easy too! And I love soup - my favorite lunch! I'm pinning!

  36. Yum!! I love knowing little "tricks" like this...totally not cheating! :)

  37. Oh my gosh, this looks sooo good!!! My family would LOVE it! I am so trying it. Thank you so much for this recipe. With all my kids, I need easy, lol!

  38. Yum-O! This sounds so good, Diana! I'll never let your secret out:) I'll have to try this, I love soup, and I love cheese too. Thanks for sharing!

  39. What a tasty soup, Diana! No doubt your family appreciates it as well!
    xo Nellie

  40. This looks delicious. I'm thinking I could make this and surprise my mother! I am hungry for some right now!

  41. Diana,
    You're always cooking something special in the kitchen. This cheesy cauliflower soup looks so yummy. My husband loves soups in the winter, and I don't make them as much as I should. My mom always had a bowl of soup cooking on the oven. Those were the days. Have a fun weekend, Diana.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  42. I'll be right over for leftovers, because I am too lazy even for the fabulous cheater version. :)

  43. that sounds doable! I love a recipe with a few short cuts and then let everyone think that you worked all day...viola!

  44. My cheatin self it going to make this .............. I love that you cheat.. We are not alone !!! LOL

  45. ok...I am such a cheater and would love to cheat with you but I am not sure we have such a thing as cheese frozen cauliflower up here in Canada..but I am sure going to do some checking around....would love to make your soup my friend. xoxo Hugs.

  46. Your soup looks delicious!!! Will have to give it a try, thanks for sharing, Laura

  47. Nummy nummy! This soup looks so good and I know I could make it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  48. This looks delish! cheater you!! LOL! LOVE YOUR STYLE! Blessings~~~Roxie

  49. Yum and Yum!
    I love a shortcut to a good soup!

  50. OMG - it looks so good! I am going to make that - love a great bowl of soup.
    Thanks for sharing - your the best!

  51. Looks Glad your a cheater cause I love your recipes...thanks for sharing!

  52. Ooops...Something happened to the YUMMY, "Looks YUMMY!" :)

  53. Yum! Hey- that cauliflower was freshly frozen and plenty good! I'm all for a little cheating here and there! Oops my secret us out too!! Hearty soups always taste so good in the winter.

  54. When I feel better I will try this! I have a really cool steamer/rice cooker so I like to steam my fresh veggies! Doesn't take long at all! : )

    I have flu junk! Gee, we were sick with cold stuff and now this! SO much for the flu shot! Too many strains to contain it I guess!

  55. I am a total cheater when it comes to cooking. This recipe is right up my alley! I love that it goes in the crock pot too. Definitely a keeper. :o)

  56. Oh yes I cheat a bit when it comes to cooking.
    This sounds and looks so good!We love broccoli and cheese soup.This would be just as delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  57. Hi Diana, this is wonderful. I am going to keep this on file for my company. Sounds so good and quick too.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  58. This would be a winner with my family! We are soup lovers, all that cheese, Whooo Hoooo Love it!

  59. Looks delicious, Diana. Sandra Lee has nothing over on you!

  60. Di you put so much into your blogs.

    Thanks for putting time into them.

    I enjoy .


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