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Creamy Cauliflower Chowder – Keto Comfort Food at its Best!

Creamy Cauliflower Chowder

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 25 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (reserved from cooking process)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets (no larger than 1 inch)
  • 1/2 cup yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup leeks, finely chopped (divided) just the white & light green part of the leek (can substitute green onions)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, finely minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth (1 quart)
  • 1/2 cup block cream cheese, 4 oz. (softened at room temp)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional for thickening)

Directions

1

Prep your veggies so they're all set to go when the cooking begins. Be sure that your cauliflower pieces are about 1 inch or smaller.

2

Add bacon fat and butter to a medium/large pot over medium heat. As the butter begins to bubble, add bell pepper, 1/2 cup leeks (save the rest for topping), onion, celery, garlic, and thyme. (DO NOT add the cauliflower until step 3.) Increase to medium/high heat and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are beginning to brown and caramelize.

3

Now it's time to add the cauliflower pieces, chicken broth, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low allowing to simmer for 10 minutes. The cauliflower should become nice and soft.

4

Remove lid and add softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (save the rest for topping), and heavy whipping cream. Stirring or whisking frequently, cook for another 3-5 minutes, allowing cheeses to melt and fully incorporate into the broth.

5

Your mixture will now look like a creamy soup. If you prefer a thick chowder texture (as I do), add 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum by lightly sprinkling the powder over the broth. Using a whisk, mix the powder into the broth stirring constantly for another couple of minutes as the xanthan gum works its magic.

6

Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Top each individual bowl with remaining cheese, leeks, and crumbled bacon. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: Approx. 1 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404, Total Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 5g, Net Carbohydrates: 9g, Total Fat: 28g, Protein: 13g

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This creamy cauliflower chowder in a cup is the ultimate keto comfort food

‘Tis the season to curl up with a bowl of creamy goodness, with bacon topping to boot!

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than a warm bowl of chowder. I mean, seriously. This keto creation is one of my husband’s favorite meals this time of year — he’d be happy eating it three times a week! It’s pretty darned easy to make and reheats like a champ if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers.

Ingredients for this creamy cauliflower chowder (keto comfort food)

Butter and bacon fat, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Fresh veggies start off with a bang as they sizzle in the luscious combination of my two favorite fats. The caramelizing of onion and leek fills the air with a rich, wonderful scent. I swear to you, as soon as I begin sauteing the veggies, at least one family member immediately appears, asking, “What’s that good thing I smell?” …the next thing I know, they’ve sauntered over to help themselves to my already-claimed crumbled bacon!! Sheesh — sometimes I wish a had a door with a deadbolt to my kitchen!

Not a cauliflower lover?

No problem! What’s particularly fabulous about this recipe is that even if you’re not a cauliflower fanatic, you’re going to love how reminiscent they are of potatoes in this particular recipe. And because you get the marvelous mockery of a potato with a low carbohydrate count, this – combined with the rest of the ingredients – makes for a recipe that doesn’t even feel like it’s a knockoff. In fact, I serve this to anyone (keto or not), and they love it.


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Creamy Cauliflower Chowder

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 25 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Keto comfort food at its best! You're going to love how reminiscent this is of traditional potato chowder.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (reserved from cooking process)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets (no larger than 1 inch)
  • 1/2 cup yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup leeks, finely chopped (divided) just the white & light green part of the leek (can substitute green onions)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, finely minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth (1 quart)
  • 1/2 cup block cream cheese, 4 oz. (softened at room temp)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional for thickening)

Directions

1

Prep your veggies so they're all set to go when the cooking begins. Be sure that your cauliflower pieces are about 1 inch or smaller.

2

Add bacon fat and butter to a medium/large pot over medium heat. As the butter begins to bubble, add bell pepper, 1/2 cup leeks (save the rest for topping), onion, celery, garlic, and thyme. (DO NOT add the cauliflower until step 3.) Increase to medium/high heat and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are beginning to brown and caramelize.

3

Now it's time to add the cauliflower pieces, chicken broth, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low allowing to simmer for 10 minutes. The cauliflower should become nice and soft.

4

Remove lid and add softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (save the rest for topping), and heavy whipping cream. Stirring or whisking frequently, cook for another 3-5 minutes, allowing cheeses to melt and fully incorporate into the broth.

5

Your mixture will now look like a creamy soup. If you prefer a thick chowder texture (as I do), add 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum by lightly sprinkling the powder over the broth. Using a whisk, mix the powder into the broth stirring constantly for another couple of minutes as the xanthan gum works its magic.

6

Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Top each individual bowl with remaining cheese, leeks, and crumbled bacon. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: Approx. 1 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404, Total Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 5g, Net Carbohydrates: 9g, Total Fat: 28g, Protein: 13g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

Creamy cauliflower chowder (keto comfort food) in a cup with added bacon and cheese

Hip Tips:

1) If you have a non-meat-eater on your hands, you’re in luck, because you can easily convert this to a vegetarian dish by substituting butter for bacon fat, using veggie broth, and skipping the bacon topping. Easy-peasy!

2) If you don’t have access to xanthan gum, no worries! It’s added as a thickening agent at the end, however, this recipe tastes fantastic without it. It just resembles a creamy soup rather than a thick chowder. Additionally, if using xanthan gum, note that it thickens a bit as it cools which is why it’s best to let it sit for a few minutes off the heat before serving.

3) For whisking, I bought these fabulous silicone whisks from Amazon that don’t scratch my non-stick pans!


Creamy Cauliflower Chowder—Warm and hearty comfort food!

 

Reviews from a Keto Kitchen:

“I am a big fan of potato soup, so I didn’t have high expectations that this would taste “potatoey”, but it totally did and it was delicious! I didn’t have any xanthan gum on hand, but next time I will for sure try that for thickening it a bit. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers today!” -Michelle

“This Cauliflower chowder is YUM! It’s SUPER easy and the flavor is on point! I actually blended the chowder up with my immersion blender to blend the pieces of cauliflower up for my kids as I personally felt they would eat it easier that way and it was really good that way too as it made it thicker! My husband, on the other hand, liked it better with the chunks of cauliflower… and EXTRA bacon!” -Erica


Marley (marley@hip2keto.com) is a keto foodie that loves crafting and cooking unique recipes for Hip2Keto.com.

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Comments 9

  1. Susan

    Sounds wonderful at this snowy time of the year. I’m heading to the store tomorrow and will make sure to grab cauliflower!

    • Marley

      Awesome, Susan! Enjoy!!

  2. Susan

    I added three cups of shredded chicken and a bit more black pepper. It is delish. Great comfort food on cold wintry nights!

  3. Longbow

    Add clams for am awesome clam chowder.

    • Marley

      Great idea!

  4. Karen

    Yummy soup! I didn’t have cream cheese so I blended 1/2 of the soup to thicken and I loved it.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! Great idea, Karen! SO glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting us know how it turned out!

  5. Monka

    If using cauliflower rice, how much would you use in this? Thanks.

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Monka. My best guess would be 4-5 cups riced cauliflower. 😄

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