Cheesy Cauliflower Bratwurst Soup

Cheesy Cauliflower Bratwurst Soup

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Cheesy Cauliflower Bratwurst Soup

The perfect comfort food is soup and Cheesy Cauliflower Bratwurst Soup is the answer. This soup is made with two Wisconsin favorites, bratwurst and cheese. Feel free to substitute ground pork, sausage or even ground beef for the bratwurst but here in Wisconsin, there is never a shortage of bratwurst so of course that’s what we used. In fact in Wisconsin, there is never a shortage of cheese either.

Velveeta Cheese?

Before you get mad and leave, hear me out, please. I know your probably thinking, she lives in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland and she’s using Velveeta cheese?!? Well, I never! Besides using Velveeta, this recipe also calls for one can of condensed fiesta cheddar cheese soup. I can hear the screams and groans from here, she’s using processed cheese and a can of condensed soup?!? Outrageous!

Let Me Explain

The reason why I use Velveeta cheese in many recipes, is really a simple one, Velveeta cheese melts beautifully. When Velveeta is combined with condensed cheddar cheese soup and/or shredded cheddar cheese, the result is delicious and creamy. Shredded cheese alone, especially in a soup recipe, can become clumpy, greasy even and often separates. That’s why I use Velveeta cheese in combination with other cheeses in soup and dips.

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Looking for more soup recipes? Here are a few you might like to try. Smoky Gouda Cheese Soup and Northwoods Duck Gumbo

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Cheesy Cauliflower Bratwurst Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: Bratwurst, cauliflower, Velveeta Cheese
Servings: 6
  • 2 tablespoons  oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds  bratwurst, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons  liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-4 quarts water
  • 1 10-3/4 oz can fiesta cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 14-1/2 oz can can diced tomatoes
  • 2 14-1/2 oz cans chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon  creole seasoning
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons  hot sauce
  • 16 oz block Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, steamed and broken into florets
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat, add onion and garlic, saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add sliced bratwurst, season with liquid smoke, salt and pepper.
  3. Saute' until browned on both sides, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In large dutch oven or soup kettle add water, cheddar cheese soup, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, basil, parsley, thyme, creole seasoning and hot sauce. With slotted spoon, transfer brat mixture into soup kettle.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Add cubed Velvetta cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Add steamed cauliflower and shredded cheddar cheese, stirring gently.
  8. Cook until heated through.
Products used to make this soup: Velveeta Cheese and Campbell’s Soup.

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6 thoughts on “Cheesy Cauliflower Bratwurst Soup”

  • I think 4 quarts of water is to much It tasted good but all liquid and not enough substance Is 4 quarts a mistake

    • Hello,
      Hmm, you might be right on that. I’m going to add 2-4 quarts of water instead of just the 4 quarts. Some people like their cheese style soup thick and some like it on the thinner side. Thanks for stopping:) Lynn

  • Hello~I am so glad you stopped by! Glad to hear you found a way to use up your leftover brats..can't tell you how many recipes I have made using left-over brats:) I hope you enjoy the soup on this chilly, rainy night! Let me know how it turned out~ Stop back again soon~

    Saying Good-night from up here in Gods Country:)

  • I am making this as I type; its at the boiling stage. Substituting broccoli for the cauli, and repurposing some leftover brats from Saturday's college team cookout, where of the 90 boys on the team, like 10 showed up.
    I didn't add the hot sauce or liq smoke, but i think it will still be ultra yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I'm in Wisconsin too, New Holstein.

    Laurel 🙂

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