Whenever it was rainy or snowy outside, my grandmother always knew how to cheer me up. Her ultimate go-to comfort food on those chilly New England days was a steaming pot of cheesy cauliflower soup. I remember so many afternoons watching old game shows on TV with grandma by my side and a big bowl of cauliflower soup in front of me. It’s amazing just how effective this soup was for warming me up on those cold days in Massachusetts. Today, I make the same recipe my grandmother used to make for me with my own children. You too can pass along this wonderful meal to your kids. Who knows, maybe you’ll start a cauliflower soup tradition as well!

My grandmother never told me where she got this recipe from, but it must’ve been handed down in my family for generations. I don’t think she invented this recipe, although she probably added a bit of her own Italian flair to it. Luckily, I do have a copy of her original recipe in my recipe booklet. I cook this soup when I need something warm to soothe my tummy.

After I take just one sip of this soup, I swear to you that I have a mini-Proustian moment. Although I’m not about to write a thousand-page memoir about my childhood, I do vividly recall little details from my past. It’s as if my grandma is still here with me when I serve myself or my children this bowl of delicious cauliflower soup. I can’t promise that you’ll form the same emotional attachment to this recipe, but I can promise that you and your children will really enjoy this recipe on chilly days.

This cauliflower soup is also a great way for kids to get their veggies without knowing they’re eating them. Doctors are only beginning to discover the wide range of healing properties cauliflower has for our bodies. Did you know that one cup of cauliflower has 73 percent of your daily vitamin C? Not only that, cauliflower is a great source of vitamin A, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Believe it or not, some health professionals think that cauliflower could dramatically reduce our risk of developing cancer and heart disease. Although you could tell your children all about the amazing benefits of this power-packed veggie, getting kids to eat this cruciferous vegetable can sometimes be a challenge.

The secret my grandmother used to get me to lick my bowl of cauliflower soup clean is to put a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top. Marry Poppins had to use a spoonful of sugar to get Jane and Michael to swallow their medicine, but all you need in this recipe is a spoonful of cheese! Whether you use Parmesan or mozzarella, you should have no issues getting your kids to eat this soup on a cold day. Trust me, when your kids smell that melted cheese on the top of this soup, they’ll be gulping it down quicker than you can say, “Ha, ha, you’re eating your healthy veggies.”

If you want to learn how to make this delicious and nutritious soup, please follow the recipe below. Of course, you could tweak this recipe to fit your preferences. After the official instructions, I’ll go over a few ways you can change my ingredients list to fit your preferences.