Cauliflower and Bacon Soup

Soup is healthy. Isn’t? This easy Cauliflower and Bacon Soup recipe with bacon is hearty and delicious and just what winter ordered for dinner.

As I pen this post, this Cauliflower and Bacon Soup could literally not be more weather appropriate. In the last hour or so, bad weather has moved in from the Stellenbosch side and settled in a hazy grey mist over Paarl. We have been expecting this cold front; it does not arrive unannounced. It brings with it the promise of more rain and for that we could not be more grateful.

We have already battened down the hatches. Our littles have been fetched from sleepovers and playmates; we have stocked up with groceries to last the rest of the long weekend; we have put on our slippers and tracksuit pants, the preferred staying home uniform of all in the house. Winter it seems is finally here.

Hello soup season!

Soup is healthy. Isn’t? This easy Cauliflower and Bacon Soup recipe with bacon is hearty and delicious and just what winter ordered for dinner.

Soup is healthy. Isn’t? This easy Cauliflower and Bacon Soup recipe with bacon is hearty and delicious and just what winter ordered for dinner.


I am on my fourth pot of soup this month. My kiddos, who have to date been completely soup averse have all of a sudden started eating soup. You know what they say about striking while the iron is hot etc. etc.

Anyway, as it turns out this Cauliflower and Bacon soup was an epic fail. These kiddos devoured bowls of minestrone like it was no-one’s business and licked the bowls of a chicken noodle soup but this creamy soup WITH crispy bacon? No. Nope. No ways.

The only reason I can think of as to why they would turn their noses up at this soup was its texture. (It is gorgeously smooth and creamy and glossy.) Well, that or the lack of pasta in it.

Whatever the reason, it just meant more for me! So, basically, another win.

Want more soup recipes?

Try this Pumpkin soup, Celeriac soup, Tomato and Bacon Soup or this Sweet Potato Soup.

Stay warm. Eat fresh bread with hot soup. Do winter right.

Recipes and inspiration from Sam Taylor, experienced chef, South African food blogger and lover of food.



Cauliflower and Bacon Soup
Serves: 6
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Cook time:
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  • 15 ml (1 T) butter
  • 15 ml (1 T) olive oil
  • 400 g (2 packets) rindless streaky bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500 ml (2 C) chicken stock
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 125 ml (½ C) cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • to serve: snipped chives
  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add 200 g of the bacon and fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add the onion, carrots and celery and fry until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Stir in the garlic.
  5. Add the cauliflower florets and stir to mix well.
  6. Add the chicken stock and the bay leaves and bring to the boil.
  7. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cauliflower is completely tender, about 30 minutes.
  8. Heat a frying pan and fry the remaining 200 g bacon pieces until crispy.
  9. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  10. Puree the soup using a hand held blender or food processor.
  11. Return to the heat and stir in the cream.
  12. Season the soup to taste with the salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  13. To serve, top the cauliflower soup with the crispy bacon bits and snipped chives.


4 Comments on Cauliflower and Bacon Soup

  1. Cheryl Marriott
    June 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    This sounds delicious! Am definitely going to make some – even though we had our winter last weekend! 😀

    • sam
      June 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Durban folk are so smug in winter 😉

  2. Kit
    June 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Mmm sounds a lovely take on cauliflower soup. Can’t go wrong with all that bacon! I do one with a whole bunch of cheese in it that the kids like, despite hating cauliflower. Also very warming for winter. Rain ahs been lashing down here again today and I’m wearing my coat at the computer – hope the dams are starting to fill now – feel like we’re having a proper winter at last!

    • sam
      June 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm (3 years ago)

      I wanted to add cheese to this soup. I used to make a potato soup that had cheese in it and I absolutely loved it. thanks for reminding me about that one. We are freezing too Kit, I need to get another soup on the go.


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