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Cheese Souffle (A Family Favorite for 30 years)

(This Frozen Cheese Souffle is perfect for Easter brunch. I have made it every year for over 30 years, though for Yom Kippur break the fast!  It is marvelously simple and simply divine. I’m reposting this with my original pictures and even though I know photos speak louder than words, you will have to trust me, that in this case, this souffle not only looks better in person, it also tastes outstanding! (It is one of my most requested recipes.)


Frozen Cheese Souffle

I know. Whoever heard of a frozen cheese soufflé?

Trust me, you’ll be glad I turned you on. I discovered this recipe in college in a food processor cookbook.

The same one I discovered the frozen cranberries in. The book has fallen apart or I would give you the title because this book  was worth every penny.

It is kind of crazy that I have been making these recipes for over thirty years  and they are still as scrumptious as when I made them way back when.

I don’t know why I ever made that cheese soufflé recipe way back when, but I suspect it had to do with the Julia Child craze.

She made a lot of soufflés and they always seemed to be a lot of work. In actuality they aren’t, but when you are in college who wants to go through the trouble of whipping egg whites and then beating yolks?

Maybe that is why I was attracted to this cheddar cheese soufflé, because it requires nothing but a food processor.

No baking and whipping egg whites at the last minute; you can stick it in the freezer and bake it when you want.

It never fails to wow guests, and it never disappoints on flavor. Though it isn’t as light as Julia’s, it is rich and creamy and divinely simple!

cheese souffle

How To Make a Frozen Cheese Souffle:

All you need is a food processor and you are just a few minutes away from scraping this into your souffle dish.

Begin by inserting the steel blade and processing your parmesan into tiny bits. Sprinkle that over your buttered souffle dish.

This helps create the delectable golden brown cheese crust. Total yum. I think the crust of this souffle is my favorite part.

Then add sour cream, dry mustard, the large eggs and salt to the remaining parmesan in the work bowl.

Now add in cybes of Cheddar cheese and cream cheese and blend for 25 seconds.

Pour into the prepared souffle dish and freeze for those special moments when you need a superb side dish or an easy main course.

Cheese Souffle

What to serve with a cheese souffle?

I love a simple salad like this spring greens salad or this one with Mandarin oranges.

This is also awesome with a bowl of soup and if you aren’t worried about getting too cheesy, French onion soup would be superb.

For break the fast we eat this with lox and bagels.

A side of asparagus and a salad makes this a lovely lunch or supper.

Add in some broiled salmon if you feel the need for extra protein.

Our haverah makes this every year for break the fast on Yom Kippur.

Though I love blintz casseroles, this kind of ups the ante so to speak.

This is comfort food for me and I decided it would be good to freeze one for Thanksgiving weekend. I wasn’t sure if or when I would use it, but I knew eventually it would find a home.

Well, it didn’t take long. Sunday morning before everyone left me, I put it in the oven. My kids even got out of bed to eat it.

Or should I say scarfed it? Unfortunately not many leftovers for me.

I love the crusty, golden, cheesy parts that stick to the side of the soufflé dish. You will see what I mean when you make your own.

Cheese Souffle

The only drawback to this recipe is that you need to put it in the oven about 90 minutes  before you want to eat it.

I kind of look at this as newspaper time. You know-when everyone is still sleeping and you have the paper to yourself?

The weekend is here. And though this makes for a satisfying brunch it also makes a superb light dinner.

It is perfect for a luncheon, too. In fact, it is just a perfect dish.

You will worship me once you try this recipe. Well, I did always want to be a princess.

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cheese souffle

Frozen Cheese Souffle (A Family Favorite for 30 years)

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Brunch/Supper
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This cheese souffle can be frozen before baking which makes this a life saver recipe. Rich and simple to prepare in the food processor, this will soon become a favorite!


Units Scale

1 T softened butter

1/4 c plus 2 T Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/4 oz) room temp

6 eggs

1/2 c sour cream

1/2 t dry mustard

1/2 t salt

8 oz sharp cheddar, cubed and room temp

8 oz cream cheese, cubed and room temp


  1. Butter the sides and bottom of a 1 to 1 ¼ qt soufflé dish.
  2. Using the steel blade of your processor, grate parmesan finely. Sprinkle 2 T Parmesan over sides and bottom of buttered dish.
  3. To the remaining cheese in the work bowl, add eggs, sour cream, mustard and salt. Combine well.
  4. With motor running, add the cubes of cheddar and cream cheese, a few at a time. When all
    are added, blend 20-25 seconds.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared dish, cover well and
  6. When ready to serve, bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for up to 1 hour and 30 minutes or until center is set. The edges will have pulled away from the sides and the center should still be just a bit jiggly. If you like it even crustier you can bake it longer. You may bake it without freezing in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 50 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately. Your guests will feel like royalty.

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Healthy World Cuisine

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Bookmarking this one for the holidays! Wow, what an impressive and delicious brunch or really anytime dish.


Friday 14th of October 2022

sounds so delicious with all that cheese Abbe!


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

This sounds like great side dish for holidays approaching! Thank you!

Sunday 6th of October 2019

I love this idea of cheese soufflé !! Can’t wait to try his recipe! Hope you had a wonderful holiday this past week. Ps the photo of you standing with the giant whisk is adorable!

Abbe Odenwalder

Sunday 6th of October 2019

You will love it!


Thursday 1st of March 2018

Can this shuffle be made in individual servings? How would the baking time change?

Abbe Odenwalder

Thursday 1st of March 2018

It can! For small frozen ones I would try 35-45 minutes in a preheated 375 oven or until the center is set. Without freezing in a preheated 350 oven for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!