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Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

A classic favorite, Broccoli Cheese Soup was one dish I missed after going dairy-free, so I worked hard to come up with this deliciously satisfying vegan version that is loaded with flavor by the spoonful.

vegan broccoli cheese soup in bread bowl being spooned out

I make a lot of soups, and this cheddar Vegan Broccoli Soup is my husband’s absolute favorite!

Seriously! No one will ever guess that this amazing soup is dairy-free and much lower in fat than the traditional version. It’s so rich and creamy that only you will ever know that it’s actually healthy.

We love this broccoli cheese soup because it’s…

  • Warm & filling
  • Loaded with cheesy flavor
  • Packed with wholesome ingredients
  • Crowd-pleaser
  • Amazingly delicious
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The secret ingredient

  • What makes this soup so delicious and healthy is that my Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce is one of the main ingredients.
  • When I first switched over to a healthy plant-based lifestyle back in 2013, one thing that I really missed was CHEESE. Cheese for pizza, tacos, baked potatoes, lasagna, and so much more. That’s why I came up with this amazing recipe.
  • Believe it or not, it’s made with wholesome ingredients like potatoes, onions, carrots, cashews (or white beans), and spices. And, it is super easy to make.
vegan cheese sauce poured from white gravy boat into white bowl

How to make vegan broccoli cheddar soup

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

To make this soup, the first thing you will need to do is make the cheese sauce which takes about 20 minutes. The great thing is that this cheese can be used with so many other meals.

Making the cheese sauce

Normally, I have some of this vegan cheese already on hand because we use it with so many other dishes. If I don’t happen to have some in the refrigerator, there’s likely some in my freezer.

Making the cheese sauce is as simple as boiling a pot of potatoes, onions, and carrots, adding them to a blender with spices, and blending until smooth. I have a Vitamix blender, so it can whip this cheese sauce up in just about 1-minute. Set this sauce to the side until it’s time to add it to the soup.

vegan cheese sauce in blender

Making the broccoli cheese soup

Next, it’s time to start on the soup recipe by dicing up all of the veggies–onions, garlic, broccoli, and carrots.

diced broccoli and carrots on wood cutting board

In a large stockpot, saute onions and garlic in approximately 3 Tbsp. water. Cook until slightly browned which should take about 5 minutes. Add additional water, one tablespoon at a time, if needed to keep the pan from becoming dry.

onions and garlic sauting in red pot on white background

Add 2-1/2 cups water, broccoli florets, and carrots. Cover and cook on medium heat for approximately 10-15 minutes, until slightly tender, but still bright green. Don’t overcook to mush.

broccoli and carrots in red pot on white background

Remove from heat and put 1/2 of the veggies in a blender with the cheese sauce (leave the other 1/2 in your pot, but not on heat), plus 1/2 cup of reserved veggie broth from cheese sauce). Blend for just a minute or less.

vegan cheese broccoli and carrots in vitamix on white background

Pour the blender mixture into the pot with the other 1/2 of the cooked broccoli and veggies. Add almond milk, 1/2 cup water, Dijon mustard, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

Place back on the heat and allow to cook for approximately 10 minutes on low heat. Remove and serve in a bowl or in hollowed-out crusty bread.

vegan broccoli cheese soup in spoon over pot

It tastes AMAZING and is one of my top recommended and shared recipes of all time!

Tips and suggestions

  • Since we use this cheese sauce in so many other recipes, I like to make double batches to keep it on hand.
  • The cheese sauce even freezes well. After defrosting, I place it back into my blender to make it smooth again before adding it to recipes like this soup.
  • Though this soup is usually served in a bowl at my house, when we have guests, I love to put it in a bread bowl because it’s such a beautiful table display.
vegan broccoli cheese soup in bread bowl

Made with broccoli, carrots, onions, garlic, and spices this soup is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants.

*Originally posted September 2015.

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vegan broccoli cheese soup in bread bowl

Vegan Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A classic favorite, cheddar broccoli soup was one dish I missed after going dairy-free, so I worked hard to come up with this deliciously satisfying vegan version that is loaded with flavor by the spoonful.

Ingredients

Soup Ingredients

  • 4 cup broccoli florets, (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced
  • 3/4 cup onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 cup broth from veggies, (this will come from making cheese sauce)
  • 1 cup almond milk, plain
  • 3 cups water 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, (or to taste)
  • 2 cups Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce, (recipe below)

Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 cup broth from veggies
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, unsoaked, (or 1/2 cup white beans, cooked)
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne, optional

Instructions

Vegan Creamy Cheese Sauce

  1. In a medium pot, boil potatoes, carrots, and onion in a pot with enough water to cover well and allow to cook until veggies are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on how small the veggies are diced.
  2. When veggies are tender, drain them and place them in a blender. NOTE: reserve the broth, and add 1 cup of it to the blender. Add all the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Reserve the rest of the broth from veggies to use in soup.
  3. This 'cheese' sauce is excellent and can be stored in the refrigerator (when not making this soup recipe) and used for many things. It makes approximately 2-3 cups.
  4. Including a baked potato topping, over steamed broccoli, salsa for nachos, and so many more options!
  5. For now, just leave the cheese sauce in your blender. You will be adding soup ingredients shortly.

Vegan Cheddar Broccoli Soup

  1. In a large stockpot, saute onions and garlic in approximately 3 Tbsp. water.
  2. Saute until slightly browned.
  3. Add 2-1/2 cups water, broccoli florets, and carrots. Cover and cook on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, until slightly tender, but still bright green. Don't overcook to mush.
  4. Remove from heat and put 1/2 of the veggies in a blender with the cheese sauce (leave the other 1/2 in your pot, but not on heat), plus 1/2 cup of reserved veggie broth from cheese sauce). Blend for just a minute or less.
  5. Pour the blender mixture into the pot with the other 1/2 of the cooked broccoli and veggies. Add almond milk, 1/2 cup water, Dijon mustard, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  6. Place back on the heat and allow to cook for approximately 10 minutes on low heat. Remove and serve in a bowl or in hollowed-out crusty bread.

Notes

Tips & Suggestions:

  • Since we use this cheese sauce in so many other recipes, I like to make double batches to keep it on hand.
  • The cheese sauce even freezes well. After defrosting, I place it back into my blender to make it smooth again before adding it to recipes like this soup.
  • Though this soup is usually served in a bowl at my house, when we have guests, I love to put it in a bread bowl because it's such a beautiful table display.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 1.7gCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 9gProtein: 11.7g

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Brooke

Friday 29th of July 2022

Made this tonight without the nutritional yeast bc I was out of it and sooooo delicious anyways. I have had several Whole Food plant based broccoli soups and this is my fave! Excited to enjoy this for lunches this week.

Jen V.

Monday 17th of January 2022

This recipe is so amazing!! I made this tonight I think next time I will double the cheese sauce in the soup it needed alittle more creaminess. Great recipe. Meat eaters loved it too 😊

Polly Warmuth

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Was I supposed to drain the remainder of broccoli, carrots, and onions before I added the cheese sauce. Once I added the almond milk and half cup of water it is really watery.

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Hi Polly- No need to drain the veggies. It shouldn't be runny, but you can always add a little cornstarch or arrowroot powder to thicken up any soup or sauce.

Priyanka bhagat

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

So excited to try this! The weathers been chilly, rainy, muggy, snowy lately = perfec soup weather!

Wondering if i can convert the soup into broccoli cheddar sauce for pasta- and what I might need to do? Also what brand do you use for white beans (canned and dry both). Additionally, i have the braggs nutritional flakes that everyone and their grandma has, but I saw the ones u recommended were different- do u like these more?

Thanks - Priyanka

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Hi Priyanka- Blending this into a broccoli cheddar sauce for pasta sounds like an excellent idea! I would just simply put it in a blender until smooth. For the white beans, I use different brands but love Eden canned ones often. The nutritional yeast flakes should be just fine whichever brand you choose. I have purchased a variety of kinds over the years and really couldn't tell too much difference. I hope your experiment with using this as a sauce comes out great!

Aline

Saturday 29th of December 2018

This recipe is absolutely incredible!!! I used frozen, organic broccoli. Put an extra bag (10oz) of broccoli in the soup after it was complete to give it more consistancy. I will definitely make this again!

EatPlant-Based.com

Saturday 29th of December 2018

That's terrific! I love that you added more frozen broccoli. Great idea!

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