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This Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup tastes so much like the traditional, you won’t believe it’s both dairy-free and gluten-free. And for those with allergies, it’s nut-free too! For this veganized, gluten-free version, we’ve replaced dairy milk with plant-based milk, dairy butter with vegan butter, cheddar cheese with vegan shreds, chicken broth with vegetable broth and all-purpose flour with chickpea flour. This cheesy vegan broccoli soup is rich, hearty and creamy and makes for the perfect comfort meal when paired with your favorite gluten-free, vegan bread.
First, let me sing you a little diddy…
♪ I went downtown.
I bought some broccoli.
I brought it home.
But wait there’s more…
Then I cooked it.
♪ Cookin’ brocco-li
Then I ate it.
♫ Eatin’ brocco-li
Okay, that’s enough for now. Plus, I didn’t really eat it by itself…I ate it in a bowl of this glorious, creamy, cheesy broccoli soup! 🙂
I don’t want to mislead you though. To make this soup, I also found myself choppin’ carr-ots and choppin’ oni-ons.
What? You don’t like my puns? Well, then…NO SOUP FOR YOU!
Alright, alright…I’ll stop for real this time. 😉
Let’s just get right to it, shall we…
How to Make Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup – Step by Step
Of course, it starts with the broccoli!
How to Chop Broccoli
First, wash your broccoli by rinsing under cold, running water and patting dry. Next, slice through the broccoli stalk near where the stalk begins to branch into florets, as close to the florets as possible.
Some florets will fall off, while some will still be attached.
Remove the remaining florets from the stalk.
Then, chop the broccoli florets into small pieces.
Broccoli Steaming Methods
Microwave (my preferred method): Add the chopped florets to a microwave safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave covered on high for 4 minutes and set aside.
You can also steam the broccoli in a rice cooker using the steaming feature.
Refer to your rice cooker’s instructions for water measurement and steaming time.
Another method is to cook on the stovetop using a steamer basket.
Next, it’s time to chop the carrots and onion.
Then, heat vegan butter in a pot over medium heat. You can substitute avocado oil or olive oil, if desired.
Once butter is melted (or oil is heated), add the carrots and onion and cook over medium heat until tender.
Stir in chickpea flour (my personal favorite flour for making a gluten-free roux), salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Gradually stir in plant-based milk.
Then, gradually stir in vegetable broth.
Bring soup to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Lower the heat to medium and cook for 1-2 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture, being careful not to splash hot liquid.
You can also use a regular blender instead of an immersion blender by carefully pureeing the soup in batches, again being careful not to splash the hot liquid.
Refer to your blender’s instruction manual for pureeing hot liquids before doing so to ensure safety.
Personally, I find the immersion blender makes for an easier cleanup.
Once there are no chunks remaining, return the soup to medium-high heat. Stir in the chopped broccoli florets.
Then, stir in the vegan shredded cheese.
Continue to cook until cheese melts and soup is thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.
What cheese works best in this recipe?
For the ultimate comfort meal, this soup is best paired with your favorite gluten-free, vegan bread.
I typically purchase mine from a local baker; however, you can use your favorite store-bought brand too, such as Schar’s baguette.
Serve bread warm and dunk it right in your soup or enjoy on the side with some vegan butter. 🙂
Now, it’s time for you to get downtown and buy some brocco-li! Sorry, I just…couldn’t…help…myself. 😉
Storing and Reheating the Soup
Leftover soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
It can be reheated on the stovetop until warmed throughout, stirring frequently.
It can also be reheated the microwave in a covered microwave-safe dish until warmed throughout in 1-minute intervals, stirring in between.
If you’re into cheesy food puns, I mean meals, check out these cheesy vegan dishes:
If you’re looking for more vegan and gluten-free soup recipes, try these next:
Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup
- 3 cups chopped broccoli florets (approximately 2 small heads of broccoli)
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped onion
- 2 cups finely diced carrots
- 1/4 cup vegan butter, cut into pieces (I used Earth Balance buttery sticks; use soy-free if needed - You can also use olive oil or avocado oil instead of the vegan butter)
- 6 tbsp chickpea flour (aka garbanzo bean flour)
- 1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk (I have used both So Delicious coconut milk beverate and Oatly brand oat milk; if you use oat milk, ensure the brand you are using is certified GF if necessary)
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free, low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup vegan cheddar-style cheese shreds (I used Violife)
- Add chopped broccoli florets to a microwave safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave covered on high for 4 minutes and set aside.
- Heat vegan butter in a 3-quart or 4-quart stainless steel soup pot over medium heat.
- Once butter is melted (or oil is heated), add chopped onion and carrots. Cook on medium until tender, stirring occasionally (approximately 8-10 minutes).
- Stir in chickpea flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg until blended together.
- Gradually stir in plant-based milk and vegetable broth.
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once the soup comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and cook for 1-2 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture, being careful not to splash hot liquid. Once there are no chunks remaining, return the soup to medium-high heat. Stir in the chopped broccoli florets followed by vegan shredded cheese. Continue to cook until cheese melts and soup is thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.
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