Ham and Cauliflower Soup

    35 min

    This soup is not only quick and easy to make, it's also delicious! Cauliflower is simmered with ham in a cheesy soup base. Enjoy during the cold winter months.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 80g chopped onion
    • 825ml chicken stock
    • 350g cauliflower florets
    • 135g chopped cooked ham
    • 200g grated Monterey Jack cheese
    • crushed chillies, to taste
    • 4 tablespoons instant mash, such as Smash
    • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion in oil until just beginning to brown. Pour in stock and bring to the boil. Stir in cauliflower, bring to the boil again and cook until cauliflower is tender, 2 to 5 minutes.
    2. Remove half of cauliflower mixture and puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Return to pot with ham, cheese and crushed chillies and cook until cheese is melted. Stir in instant mash and heat through. Serve topped with coriander .

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    This can be made better by eliminating the potato flakes and cooking up medium diced potatoes. Add after cauliflower is cooked. Save the cheese out and let each person add what they want to. Saves having to clean up a messy pot.  -  14 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I found this quite good and very well-received by those who liked a little spice. It was easy, especially with a hand blender which I used to blend all the cauliflower. I used a little more than the recipe called for and the flavor came through, mixing well with the ham, cheese and pepper (the strongest flavor but not the first one noticed. I will definitely make it again! I may try adding potatoes for a heartier soup and perhaps experiment with other seasonings to add body. I think that the kind of ham used and how it was cooked will also change the flavor a bit.  -  22 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This soup is wonderful! I made it last night in anticipation of our sub-zero weather coming up. I added sliced mushrooms, zucchini, and green peas to the soup after I pureed some of the cauliflower. I added nothing else for seasoning and it was perfect. I only wish there was an easier way to clean melted cheese out of a cooking pot and bowls!  -  14 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)