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Loaded Chilled Cauliflower-Leek Soup

This delicious chilled soup is perfect for those warm summer evenings when you can’t imagine standing over a hot stove. For a beautiful change of pace, consider topping with colorful edible flowers rather than the more traditional bacon and cheddar shown here.

Tip: If you don’t care for the distinctive tangy flavor of goat cheese, try substituting ricotta, mascarpone, or additional cream cheese in its place.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 5


  • 3 large leeks sliced white part only
  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut into small chunks
  • 3-4 whole garlic cloves peeled
  • 3 cups chicken broth divided
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • Optional toppings:
  • 3 strips cooked bacon crumbled
  • 2-3 green onions thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • Edible flowers


  • Add leeks, cauliflower, garlic, chicken broth, and cinnamon to Instant Pot. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Add lid and lock into place. Switch vent to “Sealing” position and set the “Manual” setting on high before adjusting the cooking time to 9 minutes. After a brief pause, the Instant Pot will automatically start building pressure.
  • When finished cooking, do a quick release (QR) to allow the pressure to escape. Unlock and carefully remove the lid. Add goat cheese, cream cheese, and sharp cheddar to the container and stir until cheese is completely melted.
  • Blend mixture with an immersion blender until smooth (or transfer to blender or food processor if you don’t have an immersion blender). Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  • Transfer soup to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until chilled. To serve, transfer to individual serving bowls and top with crumbled bacon, green onions, grated cheddar cheese, or edible flowers if desired. Enjoy!