Instant Pot Cauliflower Chowder

Last Updated on March 11, 2020

This Instant Pot Cauliflower Chowder recipe is keto-friendly and soy-free! It’s a great way to get a hearty and delicious meal that also happens to be low carb! 

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

We’re always looking for ways to cut carbs. Let’s be honest, sometimes those added carbs just really aren’t necessary and often brings on a feeling of guilt. With everything that you can easily do with cauliflower these days, it’s really quite amazing.

Who knew that cauliflower was hiding out as the low-carb super veggie all this time, right?!

Most people typically start their new low carb journey or Keto diet after the new year because, well, Thanksgiving and Christmas food is too delicious to pass up! This recipe is a great one to keep you on the path to healthier eating. 

While this would be a great recipe to have on hand during St. Patrick’s day, it’s also one that can be enjoyed during any time of the year. 

Since we’re talking about chowder, I always think it’s important to answer some of the questions that people are asking relating to these types of recipes. Check out some questions and answers below. 

What is the difference between a soup and a chowder?

The main difference between a soup and a chowder is that chowder is a thicker type of soup that typically has bigger chunks of other pieces of food in it as well. Soups can be thick also, but more times than not they tend to be more of a broth consistency. 

Is cauliflower healthier than potatoes? 

Since this is a chowder recipe, it only makes sense to compare how cauliflower differs from potatoes. While potatoes are delicious and taste great, they’re loaded with more carbs than cauliflower. Cauliflower also offers more nutritional value overall than potatoes. 

Can you lose weight eating cauliflower?

Absolutely! This is why cauliflower has become such a popular food to keep on hand. People use cauliflower for just about anything nowadays to make it low carb. This Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower (KETO!) recipe is a perfect example of that! 

As long as you’re cutting calories and carbs, you’re going to end up losing weight. Since cauliflower only has 25 calories per cup, it’s a great food to snack on without going overboard on your daily caloric intake. Don’t forget that cauliflower is also packed full of fiber!

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

If you like this simple cauliflower recipe, make certain to check out these other easy dinner ideas:

Is cauliflower a Superfood?

Cauliflower is considered a superfood because of it naturally high in fiber and B-vitamins. It also provides antioxidants the body needs to fight off certain diseases, such as cancer and contains choline that is essential for learning and memory. 

However, people who are using blood thinners should not suddenly start eating a lot of cauliflower because the high levels of vitamin K could react adversely with the drugs. 

In fact, one cup of raw cauliflower will provide 77 percent of daily vitamin C needs, 20 percent of daily vitamin K needs, and 10 percent or more of daily needs for vitamin B6 and folate! 

Are you ready for this delicious recipe? I really think you’re going to like how simple and easy it to to make! One bowl of this low carb chowder and you’ll forget that any other option is out there.

Instant Pot Cauliflower Chowder 

To get started, gather up the list of simple ingredients below.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Ingredients needed to make Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder 

  • 1 large head of Cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 6 strips of thick-cut bacon, chopped

  • 1 medium-sized Onion, chopped

  • 4 fat cloves of Garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme

  • Salt and freshly cracked Pepper

  • 4 cups of Chicken Stock

  • 1 (8oz.) block of Cream Cheese

  • ½ cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese + more to garnish

  • Sliced of Spring Onion, to garnish

Instructions to make homemade chowder 

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Add bacon to the pot and saute until brown and crispy. Drain and set aside.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Add onions and garlic, saute until caramelized.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Add cauliflower, thyme, salt, and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Add chicken stock.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Pressure cook for 5 minutes. Natural release and add cream cheese.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Puree the soup. Add bacon bits and cheddar cheese and mix.

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Serve immediately and enjoy!

TIP: The soup thickens as it cools. If it’s too thick, add a ¼ cup of chicken stock before reheating.

See how simple this Instant Pot recipe can be? It’s great on its own but you can easily serve it with some other great low-carb options as well.

What side items can you serve with Instant Pot Cauliflower Chowder?

Having a nice side salad to go along with your chowder is a simple task. I also like to have some Delicious Homemade Keto Bread to enjoy by dipping into my chowder. 

Don’t forget to try these Keto Protein Buckeyes {With Soy-Free Directions} for dessert, too! They’re that little bit of sweetness that will really take this meal over the top!

How do you store the leftovers for this Instant Pot Cauliflower Chowder?

Storing the leftovers for this homemade chowder recipe is as simple as putting them into a container and popping into the fridge. Once you’re ready to eat, just reheat and serve! 

Can you believe how simple and easy it is to eat low-carb and keto-friendly these days? I promise you that you’re going to love the taste of this simple dish! 

Don’t forget to print out the recipe for later!

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Chowder

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 6 strips of thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized Onion, chopped
  • 4 fat cloves of Garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly cracked Pepper
  • 4 cups of Chicken Stock
  • 1 (8oz.) block of Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese + more to garnish
  • Sliced of Spring Onion, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot (IP) on the ‘Sauté’ mode, and add the chopped bacon. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring constantly till the bacon is brown and crispy. Drain it out on a paper towel. And keep aside.
  2. Add the chopped onions and the garlic to the leftover bacon grease, in the Instant Pot. Sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes, till the onions caramelize.
  3. Add the cauliflower florets, dried thyme, salt, and pepper and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock.
  5. Turn off the “Sauté” mode. Put the lid on, making sure that the pressure valve is in the “Sealing” position. 
  6. Select the “Pressure Cook” mode and adjust the time, with the “- / +” to 5 minutes.
  7. When Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure release the natural way for 10 minutes and then using the spoon that came with the pot, turn the pressure valve to the “Venting” position to do the quick release.
  8. Add the cream cheese.
  9. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, puree the soup. 
  10. Add the prepared bacon bits (reserve a few to garnish), and the shredded cheddar cheese and mix well.
  11. Ladle into serving bowl and garnish with reserved bacon bits, more shredded cheese and a scattering of sliced spring onions.
  12. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • The soups thickens as it cools, if it too thick, add a ¼ cup of chicken stock before reheating.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 57mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

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