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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: 416, Total Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 3g, Net Carbohydrates: 8g, Total Fat: 34g, Protein: 15g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.
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keto cauliflower bacon chowder in bowl with spoon

Curl up with a bowl of creamy comfort food goodness, with bacon topping to boot!

There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of soup when you’re craving comfort food. This keto cauliflower chowder is one of my family’s favorite meals  — in fact, they’d be happy eating it three times a week! It’s also pretty darned easy to make and reheats like a champ if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers.

sauteing keto veggies in large saucepan

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!

spoon scooping up creamy keto cauliflower chowder

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.

Hip tips for making Creamy Cauliflower Chowder:

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! I love them!

cauliflower in bowl, bacon on paper towel, and other keto ingredients in bowls

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


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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: 416, Total Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 3g, Net Carbohydrates: 8g, Total Fat: 34g, Protein: 15g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

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

Check out these 5-star reviews to see why others love this chowder, too!

“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 easy to make and the flavor is on point! I actually blended the chowder up with my immersion blender to blend the pieces of cauliflower for my kids as I personally felt they would be more likely to eat it if it was less chunky, 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! This chowder has been added to my regular recipe rotation.” -Erica


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Comments 68

  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. 😄

  6. Meaghan

    Have you attempted to freeze it? If so, how does it thaw and reheat?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Meaghan! We haven’t tried freezing and reheating, but typically creamy soups lose their original texture and smoothness after being reheated from frozen. However, please let us know if you try this out yourself and how it turns out!

  7. Jessica

    Made it tonight and my carb loving family is loving it. Thank you! Fianlly, a meal we can all enjoy.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Woohoo! SO glad to hear it was a hit! You’re very welcome!

  8. Janet

    Such wonderful help for a new keto person… Thank you!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Janet! 🥰 Glad to hear the posts have been helpful!

  9. Robin

    Can you make this in the crockpot

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That would work too!

  10. Lucia

    We are dairy free so I substituted cream and cream cheese with coconut cream and added a little apple cider vinegar. I also added some chicken sausage for additional protein.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for telling us how you made your substitutions, Lucia!

  11. Yvette

    I made this this week and it was a hit. I used what we had available which was red onions, poblano peppers, no xanthan gum and butter.So good. I will make this again for sure.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! SO glad to hear how well it turned out, Yvette! Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed it!

  12. cindy Broussard

    I made this wonderful chowder two nights ago , the family and I loved it. As the weather gets cooler I will be making it often .

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Awesome! SO happy to hear everyone liked it! Thanks for the feedback, Cindy!

  13. Bob

    Great recipe! I blended 1/2 of the recipe too and it was creamy and thick. Definitely going to try this with clams. It was a hit with the family

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      YUM! SO glad your family liked it! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  14. Lyn

    My husband doesn’t like chicken. What can I use for substitute for chick broth?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Lyn! You could use vegetable broth instead. Hope that helps!

  15. Anuszka

    i did this last night, it was great! Loved it! Love it!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Woohoo! Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed it! 😊

  16. KRISTINA

    Can you substitute frozen cauliflower? If so, how many ounces would you suggest and would the cooking time change?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I would say yes to frozen definitely! One head of cauliflower is about two pounds of riced cauliflower- so go with around that much of frozen.

  17. Debbie

    Why not use corn starch for thickening?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      If you are eating a keto diet, corn starch is avoided. You want to limit starches as they contain more carbohydrates than fiber.

      • Susan

        Thanks for asking the corn starch ? and the answer as I had the same ?

  18. Judy Gonzalez

    This is really good! Is it supposed to be lumpy? I thought it would be smoother and it may be that I didn’t cook the cauliflower long enough. My family really liked it lumps and all but my youngest said it was too lumpy and proceeded to eat two bowls 🙂

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Judy! So glad the whole family liked this chowder. It all depends on how long you cook the cauliflower. There will still be some small pieces of veggies. If you want a smoother consistency you could always allow it to cool and then blend it. Hope this helps.

  19. Jessica

    Made this with a easy frozen seafood mix and also roasted the cauliflower and added roasted broccoli. Um YUM! So good. Had to add a lot more xanthum gum to get it thickened enough but I also scaled the recipe to 1.5. I could have added more cheese but felt the seafood didn’t need it. Thank you for such a flexible recipe!

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Jessica! What a great idea. It must have been like a seafood chowder yum. Thank you for the tips!

  20. Michelle

    My hubby and I are 3 weeks into our Keto diet and this is exactly what we needed! SO GOOD! It doesn’t even taste like cauliflower, it takes like potato cheese soup!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      What an exciting journey together! We sure are glad you loved the “potato” taste in this cauliflower soup, Michelle!

  21. Kiri

    Made this tonight and it was wonderful! I didn’t have leeks so used all green onion and it was perfect! I did add some extra cheese and extra salt to bring out the cheese flavor! Next time I will add diced ham in lieu of the bacon to save an extra step!
    Thank you for this!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Kiri! I love the idea of adding ham, too!

  22. KerrieZ

    Could this be made in an Instant Pot? Ideas on cook time?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! We haven’t made this soup in an Instant Pot. Let us know how it turns out for you if you decide to give it a try!

  23. Sandee

    The sodium content isn’t listed. What is the sodium amount for a serving? I know I can eliminate the salt and bacon but am wondering what the content is if made according to the recipe.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Sandee! The sodium content for this recipe is 604 mg. If you wanted to tweak the recipe, you can find your nutritional values from the MyFitnessPal app when you enter your ingredients – https://hip2keto.com/tips/smartphone-apps-starting-keto/

  24. karen johnson

    I made this soup tonight it was a big hit!!!! Im on the keto diet so it worked good for me! Next time I think I will try broccoli instead of cauliflower,, I say “YES’ to this delish soup!!!!!!! don’t be afraid to try it!!!!!

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Karen! What a great idea! You will have to let us know how the broccoli worked out. So glad you loved it. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us.

  25. cindybroussard

    This is the most delicious soup, my whole family loves it !!

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Cindy! This is so wonderful to hear. Thanks for letting us know❤

  26. Sandy

    I’ve been excited to try this recipe as a great keto option but I’m wondering if it really has 348g of fat in 1/4 cup. Am I reading something wrong? Thanks for the help!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Whoops! Sorry for the confusion, Sandy! Thanks so much for asking. That is 34g of fat. This has been updated!

  27. Kylyn

    Is the serving size a 1/4 cup or 1 and 1/4 cup?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! The serving size is 1 and 1/4 cup. Hope this helps!

  28. Kim

    My mom makes an amazing potato leek soup that has mushrooms and Italian sausage in it… I have been trying to figure out a way to get that taste, without the potato’s – This was the perfect recipe to spur me on… I followed the recipe except I fried up 2nd batch of bacon and then sautéed my sliced baby bella mushrooms in that bacon fat; adding that to the pot once the other veggies were ready. I also subbed smoked gruyere cheese to bring out the earthiness of the mushrooms. I was going to add Italian sausage but it was so good just the way it was I didn’t bother!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Glad this could help you achieve a similar version of your mom’s soup! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us!

  29. Gee Cee

    Just made this tonight.. Absolutely OUTSTANDING !!! Thanks for the tip about using xanthum to thicken it up. I probably used 1.5 teaspoons to really firm it up. Going thru the comments, I’ll be adding a seafood medley to it !!! I’ve never worked with leeks before and I love the taste.. AWESOME !!

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Gee Cee! This is so wonderful! Thank you for the awesome feedback. So happy you enjoyed it❤

  30. Jill

    What about sodium, how much is in the soup?

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Jill! The sodium content for this recipe is 604 mg. Hope this helps❤

  31. Brenda

    This chowder sounds delicious, I was looking for something keto. I’m going to make this tonight and add meatballs. what do you think?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! Let us know how it turns out!

  32. michellebadair

    I just made this for my family. It is outstanding! I’m glad I had the xanthan gum on hand, because it made the soup deliciously creamy.

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Michelle! Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m so glad your family enjoyed it❤

  33. Janice

    Could you sub cornstarch for the xanthan gum?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      No, as cornstarch is not Keto. You could try leaving it out OR the best substitutes, to keep things low carb, are psyllium fiber, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, or gelatin. Hope that helps!

  34. Denise

    Really Good!! I added some carrot too then I pureed all the veggies.. added the cauliflower…i used Frank’s hot sauce instead of cayenne and a bit of Worcester…

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Sounds yummy, Denise! Thanks for letting us know how yours turned out!

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