Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup

Get your baked potato fix with this hearty but healthy Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup- no actual potatoes required!

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower SoupThere’s a blanket of thick clouds covering the sky today, and it’s been this way for a solid couple of weeks now (we even got some light rain this morning! Happy rain dance time!). The house feels a bit chillier in the morning and I’ve actually resorted to turning on the heater a few times…kind of a rarity in these parts. All these clues point to a sure sign that May Gray has descended upon Santa Barbara.

Is this a thing anywhere else? Our summers are incredible and perfect with seemingly unending stretches of long, sun-kissed days, but only after suffering (in a totally first world problems sense of the word) through a period of gloomy malaise and slightly below average temperatures that used to only be referred to as June Gloom. But for the last few years the clouds have decided to show up a month early- so of course we had to come up with a cute rhyming nickname for that too. Hence, May Gray.

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower SoupHint to tourists: you’re better off coming here July-October. No-fail gorgeous weather. Even December and January have their faux summer days where you can find the locals lounging on the beach in the middle of winter. But May and June? Strictly gray and gloom.

So what does this mean for me? Instead of firing up the grill and downing the sangria, I’m craving all things warming and comforting like stews, braises and soups. In the middle of May.

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower SoupAnd it doesn’t get more comforting than this Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup- that doesn’t actually contain any potatoes! With less than four months to go until my wedding I am officially on the slay-in-your-wedding-dress meal plan, so that means as many healthier swaps as possible. Starches are taking a backseat whenever I can resist them, which is not often. But I try!

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup This soup is made with minimal ingredients: cauliflower, onion, garlic, veggie broth, milk and my new favorite healthy supplement: Collagen Protein Beef Gelatin from Vital Proteins for a natural protein boost and added thickness. Adding the gelatin into the soup at the end is what really gives it that rich potato soup-like texture, and toppings like crumbled bacon, aged cheddar and chives make me feel like I’m diving into a loaded baked potato- but this soup is actually loaded with vegetables and protein, making it a way more nutritious meal.

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower SoupI’ve talked about Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides before and how I love adding it to things like smoothies, overnight oats and even mixing it right into my water as a means of incorporating more collagen into my diet. Collagen is a naturally derived nutritional powerhouse that benefits your hair, skin, nails, bones and digestion, and the Collagen Protein Beef Gelatin is also a 100% pure collagen protein from pasture-raised cows that offers similar nutrition benefits.  I’ve been digging using it in hot recipes (like soups) as well as baking recipes. It’s odorless and tasteless- v. important, especially for baking- no one wants a beefy tasting dessert…unless you’re Rachel Green and you think it’s okay to put beef in a trifle. It is not.

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower SoupDietary supplements are honestly not something I’ve paid too much attention to before. But now that I’m in my thirties, I’m starting to realize the importance of making sure I get enough protein and amino acids so that my hair and skin look continue to look fierce and my bones and joints keep working well into my fab old lady years. And what better way to do that than with a supplement like Vital Proteins, where I can get that nutrition in the form of cheesy, bacon-y Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup, right?

Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup


Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup

Get your baked potato fix with this hearty but healthy Loaded Baked Potato Cauliflower Soup- no actual potatoes required!

Servings 4
Author Denisse


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium head cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons Vital Proteins Collagen Protein Beef Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Salt to taste
  • For toppings:
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Finely chopped bacon
  • Minced chives


  1. Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for about 2-3 minutes until softened. Add garlic and saute for another minute.

  2. Add cauliflower, broth and milk and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is quite soft.
  3. While the soup is simmering, pour cold water into a small bowl and sprinkle with gelatin. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Blend soup until completely smooth. Whisk in gelatin and bring back to a simmer. Season with salt. If soup is too thick, add more liquid gradually for a thinner consistency, or continue to cook and reduce slightly for a thicker texture.
  5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cheddar, bacon and chives.

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This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own.

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    1. Denisse Post author

      Same here! I’m starting to pay more attention to that kind of stuff lately though, and I love when it can be easily incorporated into my daily routine like mixed into a recipe I’m already making, or into a glass of water. I also really like gummy vitamins because I feel like I’m eating candy!


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