Quick Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder

Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder
Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder in a blue bowl on a concrete table

Cauliflower and bacon chowder is put together with everyday ingredients you’re likely to have on hand. Creamy, chunky, loaded with veggies and flavoured with wonderful smoky bacon. What’s not to like.

ingredients for Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder


Today we’ve used frozen cauliflower as we’re in lockdown even though we are still able to go to the supermarkets. We loaded frozen veggies into the freezer in preparation as this corona virus started changing all of our lives. Who knew we’d ever be  buying frozen veg, apart from frozen peas. Not us !

vegetables sautéing in a pot with butter
saute the vegetables for a couple of minutes

Even though we seldom have supermarket frozen veg at home we were pleasantly surprised with the cauli. All natural, nothing added, freshly frozen and no nasties Australian cauliflower is just fine by us.

soup being blended with a stick blender
only blend some of the soup to keep a bit of texture

In general we’re not fans of puréed soups that just taste the same mouthful, after mouthful, instead preferring soups with body. Chunky chowders are fabulous for getting loads of veggies into you when the weather starts to cool down. Some days putting a big pot of soup on and bunkering down at home is just what we need, just not day in, day out.

a bowl of Cauliflower and bacon chowder

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Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder
Yield: 6-8 serves

Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder

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

Cauliflower and bacon chowder is as warming as it sounds. Loads of veggies in a thickened creamy soup with plenty of bacon adding to the flavour. What's not  to like.


  • 4 large rashers of bacon, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 50g (2 ounces) butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 4 fat cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 litres (4 pints) chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup thick cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 500g (1 pound) cauliflower florets - see notes below
  • 400g (14 ounce) tin of corn niblets, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
  • chives, snipped to garnish


  • in a large heavy based pot add oil and bacon
  • cook for 3 minutes to render fat
  • add butter and melt
  • add onions, carrot, celery and potatoes and stir for 2 minutes
  • now add garlic and stir for another 2 minutes
  • add stock, stirring and bring to a boil
  • reduce heat and add cauliflower,  simmer for 5-6 minutes
  • add parmesan, salt, pepper and cream
  • using a stick blender blend about a quarter of the soup so as you still have a lot of chunky pieces
  • add corn and stir through, simmering for 2 minutes
  • serve 
  • garnish with snipped chives
  • enjoy!


  • soup freezes well
  • cauliflower florets were cut into bite sized pieces - we used frozen florets and cut them into smaller pieces

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 232Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 30mgSodium 654mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 10g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.


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