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Cauliflower Corn Chowder

The ultimate comfort food, Cauliflower Corn Chowder is chock-full of veggies, with just a hint of bacon and cream, the perfect warming winter soup!
Mmmmm Cauliflower Corn Chowder and cozy winter nights…

What are your favorite family traditions? One of our very favorites takes place over the Thanksgiving weekend, and we’ve done it almost every single year since we got married. We take the whole family up into the mountains to chop down our Christmas tree…

Actually, let’s back up a bit. It’s quite a process to get our yearly tree. It starts in early November, when we get up at 4 am, drive an hour and stand in the freezing cold, pitch-black predawn with 1,000 other crazy people, in the hopes of snagging a $10 permit. With that precious permit in hand, we head to the hills again right after Thanksgiving to traipse through snowy mountainsides, lugging chain saws and axes and tape measures, to find the perfect tree.

The ultimate comfort food, Cauliflower Corn Chowder is chock-full of veggies, with just a hint of bacon and cream, the perfect warming winter soup!
It’s a daunting task, one which definitely doesn’t save us any money, when we factor in gas, time and effort. However, we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s tradition, after all! Magical and wonderful and ingrained into our memories of home and family and love.

The ultimate comfort food, Cauliflower Corn Chowder is chock-full of veggies, with just a hint of bacon and cream, the perfect warming winter soup!
Of course, at the end of it all, there’s food. Always food. Comfort food. This year, it was Cauliflower Corn Chowder, homemade rolls and cranberry cake. To be eaten while watching “Christmas with the Kranks,” playing cards and maybe winding a few strands of lights on our beautiful, naturally imperfect but very fresh and fragrant tree!

The perfect day for our family. Of course, your perfect day will be completely different. What do you love to do together? Whatever it is, we wish you a whole holiday season of happy traditions with family, friends and loved ones.

Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 8-10


  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 8-10 cups chicken stock
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 large cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen white corn
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • Dash or two of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • Grated sharp cheddar to garnish, optional


  1. Cut bacon into small pieces and fry in large stock pot until crisp. Remove and set aside.
  2. Drain all but about 4 Tbsp. of bacon grease.
  3. Chop onion, celery and red pepper into bite-size pieces and sauté in bacon grease about 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour and stir for one minute. Add one cup of chicken stock and stir until no flour lumps remain. Add rest of stock.
  5. Chop potatoes, carrots and cauliflower and add to pot, along with corn and herbs. salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are fairly tender, 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in cream and bacon. Heat.
  7. Garnish with grated cheese as desired.


*For a gluten-free option, simple replace all-purpose flour with a GF blend. We've cooked this both ways and can't tell a difference in flavor.

*Recipe can be doubled for a large crowd. It also tastes better with a little time, so make it a couple days ahead and just reheat slowly before serving.


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  • Reply Rose November 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Yum! Perfect for cold weather!

    • Reply Sarah November 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Right? Cold weather = warm soup. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply Silvia @Garden in the Kitchen December 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I love all the healthy and hearty ingredients in this chowder ! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

    • Reply Elizabeth December 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Silvia, hope you like it! Happy cooking:) And I love the name of your blog! Awesome. LOVE all your yummy recipes, too!

  • Reply Lisa December 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my! This looks so yummy!!

    • Reply Elizabeth December 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Lisa, thanks so much. Happy cooking!

  • Reply Valentina | The Baking Fairy December 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This looks like such a wonderful, cozy winter meal! And cutting down your own tree sounds SO fun… in Texas, the extent of “picking out a real tree” means you pick it out at a Lowe’s parking lot 😉 Haha!

    • Reply Elizabeth December 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Ha ha! Actually, picking out a tree at Lowe’s is much more normal here, too:) We tend to make a project out of everything in our family. Hope you love the chowder! LOVE the yummy recipes on your blog! I need to make those chocolate chip cranberry cookies…maybe right now!

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