In this post, we’ll show you how to use your Vitamix or other high-powered blender to make the BEST creamy vegan “blender soups”. We’ll also share some of our favorite dairy-free blender soup recipes – like a creamy vegan mushroom soup and cheesy broccoli soup! This easy healthy dinner hack creates the dreamiest pureed vegan soups that are packed with nutrients but taste like a warm, cozy, and delicious hug. And the best part: They are tremendously easy to make AND clean up!
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One of our favorite ways to use our Vitamix is to make what we like to call “Blender Soup”. These creamy vegan blender soup recipes are a lifesaver on a busy weeknight when we want something healthy but also cozy and have zero time to saute the night away or perfectly chop loads of vegetables.
You might be wondering: Can I use my Vitamix to make hot soup? Yes, you can, my friends. Yes. You. Can. And soon enough you’ll be making ALL sorts of soups in your blender. And not JUST Vitamix, but there are many high-powered, safety-rated blenders on the market today for making these wonderful soups.
So, if you recently purchased a Vitamix or other high-powered blender or gotten one as a gift over the holidays, and if you like soup (and who doesn’t?), this is the post for you!
What is a blender soup?
The easiest answer would be soup made in a blender! But that blender needs to be both high-speed AND high-heat rated.
This is the easiest, creamiest, dreamiest, soup you’ll have ever supped or slurped! And it’s a great way to use up vegetables…or to sneak them into a dish for those who don’t like them.
Why We Love Blender Soups:
- They are a wonderful way to use up pantry staples and veggies on their last leg (or even frozen/canned veggies close to expiration).
- These creamy vegan soups are as versatile as they are easy!
- They’re a fantastic way to “hide” vegetables from children (or even partners) who may otherwise not like to eat them in their native form.
- They taste like a warm velvet hug of creamy comfort food.
- They are super hands-off: Chop the veggies like a five year old (or just pulse/rough chop them in a processor), throw everything in a pot of boiling water until it’s time to blend. Then, pour it right from the blender into your bowl!
How to Make Creamy Vegan Soups in a Blender:
Basically, throw all your ingredients into one pot and boil until your veg is soft. Then blend it until creamy, and season to perfection. It’s so easy, guarantee you find yourself making at least one of these a week.
There are specific recipes for you below, but generally speaking, here’s what a good blender soup includes:
Always an easy way to make the soup super satisfying and filling. I love to use canned chickpeas or dried red lentils in a variety of my soups when I make them. White beans could be used also, but they tend to have a slightly different texture (not bad, just different) from the previous two when blended. You can also throw in a half-used block of tofu that’s on its last leg.
This is usually the creamy element that really adds texture and body in the soup. The fats present gives us the mouthfeel of a heavy cream without the heavy cream. In some recipes we achieve this with olive oil, which the blender emulsifies and thickens.
In other recipes, we use cashews (which can be replaced with sunflower seeds or hulled hemp seeds if needed!). The cashews can just be placed in to boil with everything else, so you don’t need to soak them before blending as you would if you were making a cashew cream.
ALL. THE. VEGGIES.:
Blender soups are a great way to use up any excess or outgoing veg in your fridge or garden. You can also use frozen or canned vegetables that may be getting close to an expiration date.
Think: potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and spinach! And as always, these pureed soups are a terrific way of getting those nutrients to veg-haters you love.
A pureed soup without good flavor is nothing more than thick liquid. The key to adding flavor to all our vegan soup recipes always begins with our homemade vegan bouillon powder. We HIGHLY recommend making a big old batch if this is going to be a regular thing for you!
From there, it can take some experimenting. Start slowly with flavors you know (like garlic powder and onion powder, etc) and like. Then move to specialty type flavors like a little ground fennel and smoked paprika!
Vegan Blender Soup Tips
- Obviously, make sure you’ve blended all ingredients well, all the way through, and to a creamy consistency. This can take at least a full 1-2 minutes of blending.
- These soups will thicken up quite a bit when refrigerated, so to reheat, you may need to whisk in some water.
- As these soups thicken, they will also expand a little. Consider that when storing, and leave a little space, especially if freezing.
Blender Soup Safety Tips
Any time we’re blending hot liquids, it’s important we take the proper safety protocols. Here are a few things to think about before making your first blender soup:
- Do NOT fill the blender entirely. If necessary, blend the soup in a couple batches.
- The liquid should be hot but not still at boiling point. Most of the best blenders safety ratings max out at 175F (80C). Be sure to check this for your specific blender.
- Allow some of the steam to escape the blender before placing the lid on and blending. Trapped steam needs to escape before blending or pressure will build up inside the container. If this happens when you hit the power button to start blending, the force will push the trapped steam upward and could cause the lid to fly off or the blender jar to explode. Safety first, friends. (If you have a release cap in the lid, loosen or remove it to allow steam to release and tighten/replace just before blending.)
- NEVER place hot liquids in a glass container unless it has been rated for such.
- Be careful when blending hot liquids…always!
The Best Blenders for Soup
Not all blenders are equal, and some just don’t have the power to puree your soup properly. Others, and I can’t stress how important this is, are not safety-rated for high heat and should under no circumstances be used in such scenarios.
This is the blender we use. Vitamix is the classic name of high-tier blenders and they are very heat resistant, but there are those who feel they may not be able to justify the price. We were lucky enough to be gifted TWO of them and absolutely LOVE them!
Other (non-vitamix) Options:
Blendtec, Cuisinart, Ninja and many other brands offer high-powered blenders for various budgets. Cuisinart even has one labeled “Soup Maker.” Just make sure to get one with a high heat safety rating and high horsepower motor to be able to make and blend hot soups.
What NOT to use:
Be mindful of blenders with very thin walls (plastic or glass). They could melt or shatter under the stress of the heat. Don’t use any blender that doesn’t have a high temperature rating. Don’t use anything that can’t vent the trapped steam…like those single-size smoothie jars that blend upside down.
Creamy Vegan Blender Soup Recipes
Now that we’ve gone over the basics and some safety tips, let’s talk about creamy vegan blender soup RECIPES!
Another fantastic way to hide some veggies while definitely not skimping on flavor, this vegan broccoli cheddar soup is a winner all around! Although this thick and creamy soup is perfect and really filling all on its own, if you really want a game changer, pour it over a big steaming baked potato and top with homemade croutons. You’re welcome.
2. Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup (condensed)
Is it a soup or is it a gravy? This vegan cream of mushroom soup is BOTH…and more! Add some water and some sauteed mushrooms for a creamy, filling, vegan mushroom soup, or reconstitute for a quick and delicious mushroom gravy. Oh, and get ready to make ALL your favorite cream of mushroom casseroles!
Not only does this Creamy Vegan Spinach Soup have a beautiful color and texture, but with a supporting cast including potatoes and lentils, it is filling AF! As flavorful as it is gorgeous, I’ll leave the spinach salads to T and take my greens in soup form all day long! Add some red pepper flakes or a little chili oil to give it an extra zip.
Much like its Cream of Mushroom cousin, this Vegan Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup plays multiple parts whether in pot pies and casseroles, as an AMAZING chickenless gravy, or standing all on its own, rehydrated as a warm, thick, cream of chicken soup. I LOVE drinking this soup from a large mug, warming my hands as I stare out the window at the winter day.
You can thank us later, but right now you want to get the ingredients together for this Vegan Beer Cheese Soup! Filled with vegetables – and yes, some beer – this is all emulsified together with olive oil to create that wonderfully creamy texture along with that beautiful sheen. We love to serve this in a soft pretzel bowl…you will too!
This creamy classic is pure potato perfection. There is nothing better when you need a thick pick-me-up on a cold day. This, my friends, is what I like to call “The velvet hug in a mug!” We love to sprinkle in some of our coconut bac’n salt and serve with a big piece of crusty bread slathered with vegan butter.
More Creamy Vegan Soup Recipes
While these aren’t necessarily blender soups, if you dig this creamy pureed style of soup, you’d probably also love:
If you make any of these creamy vegan blender soup recipes or try this method out with your own ingredients, we’d love to hear about it!
Let us know how it goes in the comments below or tag us in your blender soup photos on Instagram. If you’re not already hanging out with us over there, we’re @theplantpowercouple with the “the”.
Until next time, blender friends!