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This Copycat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup recipe is everything! It’s super creamy, loaded with vegetables, and comes together in just 30 minutes! This quick and easy soup recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners when it’s chilly outside!

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wisconsin cauliflower soup garnished with cheese

Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

If you have ever been in to a Cafe Zupas, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed the Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup on the menu. Zupas started in Provo, Utah in 2004, right when I was going to college at BYU. It has since grown tremendously and is famous for their delicious fresh food. I had to recreate this deliciously creamy, cheesy Wisconsin cauliflower soup at home!

The great state of Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” and is particularly known for one of the world’s favorite foods: cheese! Wisconsin makes everything from cheese curds and mozzarella to cheddar and Colby. They are the cheese pros!

In my Wisconsin Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe, I added two of my favorite cheeses: cheddar and pepper jack cheese. The white cheddar adds a sharpness to your bowl, while the pepper jack adds just a hint of heat and spice. It is SUPER comforting and filling!

wisconsin cauliflower soup: two bowls and one pot

This Cafe Zupas Wisconsin cauliflower soup recipe is not only loaded with flavor, it has plenty of vegetables too, adding lots of good nutrition. I used a whole head of cauliflower, plus an onion and garlic for extra flavor. Cauliflower is such a neural tasting vegetable, and really just hides behind the sharp cheese, adding bulk to make this copycat Wisconsin cauliflower soup thick and creamy.

Prep takes just 10 minutes (it’s super easy) and the soup is ready, start to finish, in half an hour. I can’t believe something so flavorful can be whipped up so quickly. This Wisconsin cauliflower cheese soup is great when I’m stuck for time but want to get something filling and healthy on the table. This soup really does the trick!

side view of zupas wisconsin cauliflower soup

Copycat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup Ingredients

  • Butter: Butter adds flavor and keeps the onions and garlic from sticking when they are sautéeing.
  • Onion & garlic: Onion and garlic adds so much flavor to soup!
  • Cauliflower: You’ll need about 1 large head of cauliflower chopped into small pieces so that it can soften quickly when cooking.
  • Flour: Flour takes this one-pot Wisconsin cauliflower soup from thin and watery to thick and creamy!
  • Milk: You can use either half-and-half or whole milk. Both will add extra richness and creaminess.
  • Chicken broth: We want the soup to be thick, but not too think! Chicken broth makes the consistency perfect while adding some more flavor.
  • Mustard: I didn’t add much dijon mustard, but it brings out a delicious, peppery aroma.
  • Cheese: Two delicious cheeses in this Wisconsin cauliflower soup: white cheddar cheese to give it a sharpness, and pepper jack cheese, for an extra peppery kick!
overhead of copycat wisconsin cauliflower soup

How to make Wisconsin cauliflower soup

  1. Melt and sauté. Firstly, melt the butter in the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
  2. Sprinkle and whisk. Secondly, sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook for 1 minute, whisking to coat the flour. Whisk in the half-and-half, then the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add cauliflower and boil. Next, add the cauliflower and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and cooked through.
  4. Blend! Blend the Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup using either an immersion blender or by transferring part of the soup to a blender with the lid tilted to an angle to allow steam to escape. Work in batches until all of the soup is smooth, then return it to the pot.
  5. Heat and melt. Heat the soup over medium heat and stir in the dijon mustard and cheeses until melted.
  6. Garnish and serve! Finally, serve with additional shredded cheese sprinkled on top. Additional toppings like chopped green onions and crumbled bacon are also really good.
blended wisconsin cauliflower soup

How do I store this creamy soup?

Allow any leftovers to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat the leftovers in a pot on the stove, and consume within 4 days.

I wouldn’t recommend freezing this Wisconsin Cauliflower soup recipe as the dairy can separate and become unappetizing.

What is the best cheese for soup?

When adding cheese to a soup like this copycat Wisconsin cauliflower soup you want the cheese to have a low melting point so that it completely dissolves into the soup. Some good cheeses to use are cheddar, Colby, pepper jack, gouda, provolone, gruyere, and Swiss.

What do I serve with Wisconsin cauliflower soup?

This 30 minute soup recipe is great on it’s own, but as a side dish try one of these:

Bread:

Salad:

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Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup
Yield: 6 servings

Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

This Copycat Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup recipe is everything! It's super creamy, loaded with vegetables, and comes together in just 30 minutes! This quick and easy soup recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners when it's chilly outside!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 1 large head of cauliflower)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half or whole milk
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Optional Toppings

  • Chopped green onions
  • Crispy crumbled bacon
  • Additional cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook for 1 minute, whisking to coat the flour. Whisk in the half-and-half, then the chicken broth. Season with the salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cauliflower and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and cooked through.
  4. Blend the soup using either an immersion blender or by transferring part of the soup to a blender with the lid tilted to an angle to allow steam to escape. Work in batches until all of the soup is smooth, then return it to the pot.
  5. Heat the soup over medium heat and stir in the dijon mustard and cheeses until melted.
  6. Serve with additional shredded cheese sprinkled on top. Additional toppings like chopped green onions and crumbled bacon are also really good.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1341mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 21g

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Recipe adapted from Butter With a Side of Bread.