Plant-Based Broccoli Cheddar Soup

It’s been raining here this last week … and everywhere I look I see fall has settled in and winter wants everyone to know that she’s not far away. And when the weather finally turns, there is nothing better than a rich, warm bowl of soup that sticks to the bones and tastes delicious. Enter, broccoli cheddar soup—bread bowl optional, but highly suggested.

For this recipe, I used vegetable broth and plant-based milk and plant-based butter for the base, but I still used a dairy cheese. Mostly because I couldn’t find a sharp cheddar that’s plant-based that has the same melting properties needed to make this soup have the velvety smoothness it’s known for. So while it’s not vegan, it’s still plant-based. Oh, and I used twice the broccoli that most recipes call for and honestly, I think it’s the best damn version I’ve ever had. And no, not just saying that cause I made it : ) Anyway, give it a whirl. It’s super duper delicious.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

PREP TIME: 10 minutes | COOK TIME: 30 minutes

  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 TBS garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 3 TBS plant-based butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 cup plant-based cream
  • 2-3 medium sized carrots, about ½ cup, sliced very thin or julienned
  • 2-2½ cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Saute shallot and garlic in oil for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add butter and once it’s melted, add flour stirring constantly to make a medium-density rue. Using a whisk, add 2 cups vegetable broth and red pepper flakes. Once the liquid begins to thicken, stir in milk, then add carrots and broccoli.Cook for about 5 minutes then stir in cheese. Add more broth if needed. Cook on low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Done. Enjoy!

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