Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup Copycat Recipe

4.7 / 5 (12 reviews) 41 Comments

Try this Wisconsin Cauliflower Zupas copycat recipe!

One of my favorite soups at Cafe Zupas is the Wisconsin Cauliflower. This soup is cheesy, creamy, and full of flavor! (Especially if you top it off with bacon, which I highly recommend. Yum.) I’ve seen a few copycat recipes floating around, but I was determined to find the best one! This is actually quite easy to make, especially since you can cook bacon in the microwave to make things less messy and faster!

If you want to use this for Weight Watchers, you can get 5 points per serving if you use fat free half and half, light butter, and fat free cheese! Easy and still YUMMY!

Most individual heads of cauliflower weigh about two pounds, so just try to pick out a nice big one. Also, I use a reduced sodium chicken broth – if you use a different broth you may want to adjust the salt amount in the recipe.

Since it was just one onion and I didn’t want to get my food processor dirty, I used this handy method for dicing onions.

You can try using milk in place of the half and half if you want to, but I haven’t tested the recipe that way yet. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

Blend the soup in three separate batches and let the blender run for 3o seconds to 1 minute each time. It is a good idea to do a taste test once you are finished blending to make sure the soup is smooth enough for you. (I learned this from experience.) 😉

Of course, I simply HAD to make a trip over to Zupas in order to do a side-by-side comparison. 😉 I tasted the Wisconsin Cauliflower soup without toppings, made a few tweaks to my recipe, and ended up with an awesome copycat! While I do enjoy the chocolate-covered strawberry and bread with soups from Zupas, I am super excited to be able to make this Wisconsin Cauliflower soup copycat at home!

To make this healthier, you can try using milk instead of half and half and use whole grain flour. Skip the bacon too! It won’t be quite the same, but it will still be yummy!

Here’s how to cook bacon in the microwave:

  1. Line a large microwave-safe plate with two paper towels.
  2. Lay bacon in a single layer on the paper towels. (May be able to fit up to 8 slices.)
  3. Cover with two more sheets of paper towel.
  4. Cook in the microwave for 4-6 minutes.

cooking bacon in the microwave

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Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup Copycat Recipe

4.7 / 5 (12 reviews)
Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4-6 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pint half and half (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can reduced sodium chicken broth (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (I used Honey Dijon Mustard)
  • Optional Toppings

  • green onions
  • chopped bacon
  • shredded cheese


  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent and golden, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour. Gradually stir in the half and half, water, and chicken broth.

  2. Add the chopped cauliflower and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Use a blender, with the center of the lid removed allowing steam to escape, to blend the soup in batches until smooth. Return it to the pot.

  4. Heat soup over medium heat and stir in the Dijon, salt, and cheese; stir until combined and melted. Serve warm with optional toppings.


Weight Watchers Freestyle Points - 5 with the following modifications: use fat free half and half, light butter, and fat free cheese!

Recipe Adapted From: The Recipe Critic

Ingredients: All-purpose flour, Bacon, Butter, Cauliflower, Cheese, Chicken Broth, Dijon Mustard, Green Onion, Half and Half, Onion, Salt, Water
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Super Bowl Party, Winter, Egg Free, Weight Watchers
Categories: Copycat, Healthy, Soups and Chilis, Vegetables, Stove Top

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