Cauliflower Cheese Soup | Quarantine Cuisine

‘Quarantine Cuisine’ is a series of easy, delicious recipes I’ve put together for you to try while South Africa is on lockdown, using staples you’re likely to have in your pantry and fridge.

Serves 2 people

1 Head of cauliflower – roughly sliced
1 Onion – roughly sliced
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1 Sprig thyme
1L Chicken stock
80g Butter
200ml Cream
200ml Milk
100g Cheddar cheese

For the Toasties

2 Slices of sourdough
Dijon Mustard
100g Cheddar
20g Butter
Worcestershire Sauce


  • Stove top – I use my state of the art Siemens hob and Siemens oven.
  • Chargrill pan – my Scanpan Pro IQ chargrill pan has come in very handy during lockdown, and is getting plenty of use. They’re available to purchase through the Chef’s Studio online store; to shop, click here.


  1. Bring a large pot to a medium high heat, then add the butter and allow to become foamy. Now add the onions, garlic and thyme, and sweat until lightly browned.
  2. Add the cauliflower and roast in the foaming butter.
  3. Add in the stock and reduce by half, through simmering for 8 minutes. Pour in the cream and milk, then bring back to a gentle boil. Grate in the cheddar and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and blend in a food processor until smooth.
  5. To make the toasties, coat one side of the bread with butter and Dijon mustard, and chargrill in a hot pan until golden. Layer with the cheddar and season the cheese with Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Place the toasties in a hot oven until the cheese has melted.
  7. Remove the toasties from the oven, and serve the soup piping hot, with the toasties on the side.


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