Healthy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

This healthy vegan broccoli cheddar soup is easy to make without any cream in your Vitamix blender. The recipe is dairy free, oil free, AND gluten free. It’s made with simple vegetarian ingredients like chickpeas, cashews (or sunflower seeds for nut free), cauliflower, carrots, and of course, broccoli! We serve this creamy plant based broccoli cheese soup recipe over a big steaming baked potato for total comfort food. 

Friends, meet our new favorite winter weeknight meal: Cheesy Broccoli Blender Soup! We're kind of obsessed with it right now and think you will be too. It's comforting, flavorful, easy to make, and so chock-full of sneaky, hidden veggies, it will make your head spin. #vegan #oilfree #soup #vitamix // plantpowercouple.com

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Without a doubt, the kitchen appliance that gets used most often in our house is our Vitamix. So much so that we actually have two of them.

And while, yes, they make awesome smoothies, my favorite way to use our Vitamix is for easy blender soups. Like the Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup we’re sharing today!

In the winter especially, I tend to gravitate towards warm, comforting, stick-to-your-ribs types of meals. But I also know how much it helps me power through those winter just-want-to-stay-in-bed-all-day blues when I place a priority on eating whole foods.

Since that means my beloved boxed vegan mac & cheese is not necessarily gonna cut it every single night, blender soups like this are a DREAM. This is because I can pack a ton of veggies into them that normally wouldn’t excite me all that much (I’m looking at you, cauliflower!), but by the end of it, everything is just creamy, delicious warmth and comfort.

Basically, a bowl full of hugs is what I’m after. And this healthy vegan broccoli cheese soup more than delivers.

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Overhead shot showing the ingredients you need to make a vegan broccoli cheese soup: can of chickpeas, broccoli, carrots, cashews, cauliflower, salt, vegan chicken bouillon powder, and yellow mustard

How to Make Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup in a Vitamix

Crazily enough, this soup really reminds me of that broccoli cheddar soup from Panera that I loved back in my vegetarian days. Only this one is about 10xs healthier which makes me feel pretty badass TBH.

The creamy base is a mixture of carrots, cauliflower, cashews, and chickpeas (totally unplanned but awesome alliteration there) all boiled up and blended with a super flavorful broth (thanks to our homemade bouillon powder) and some yellow mustard to add a punch of that cheddar-y flavor. *swoon*

Once the base is made, you’ll throw in some steamed broccoli, pulse the mixture a few times until the broccoli is all chopped, and pour into bowls!

Two side by side photos showing the first two steps of making healthy vegan broccoli cheddar soup: simmer the ingredients, steam the broccoli
Four overhead shots of vegan broccoli cheddar soup in a blender: before blending, after blending, before pulsing in the broccoli, after pulsing in the broccoli

What do you serve with vegan broccoli soup?

We highly suggest serving this soup either over a big baked potato or topped with a few air-fried croutons to settle in for the dinner of your life.

Trust us. We tested this scenario. A LOT. 😉

Friends, meet our new favorite winter weeknight meal: Cheesy Broccoli Blender Soup! We're kind of obsessed with it right now and think you will be too. It's comforting, flavorful, easy to make, and so chock-full of sneaky, hidden veggies, it will make your head spin. #vegan #oilfree #soup #vitamix // plantpowercouple.com

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Friends, meet our new favorite winter weeknight meal: Cheesy Broccoli Blender Soup! We're kind of obsessed with it right now and think you will be too. It's comforting, flavorful, easy to make, and so chock-full of sneaky, hidden veggies, it will make your head spin. #vegan #oilfree #soup #vitamix // plantpowercouple.com

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Happy cooking, friends. Enjoy!

Friends, meet our new favorite winter weeknight meal: Cheesy Broccoli Blender Soup! We're kind of obsessed with it right now and think you will be too. It's comforting, flavorful, easy to make, and so chock-full of sneaky, hidden veggies, it will make your head spin. #vegan #oilfree #soup #vitamix // plantpowercouple.com

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

Brittany Roche
Friends, meet our new favorite winter weeknight meal: Cheesy Broccoli Blender Soup! We're kind of obsessed with it right now and think you will be too. It's comforting, flavorful, easy to make, and so chock-full of sneaky, hidden veggies, it will make your head spin.
4.62 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 365 kcal

Ingredients
  

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Instructions
 

  • Add the water, carrot, cauliflower, chickpeas (don't drain them; add the whole can), cashews, and bouillon powder to a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Grab a large colander and add the broccoli to it. When the pot is boiling, turn heat to medium high, place the colander with the broccoli over the boiling water and cover the colander with the pot lid, allowing the broccoli to steam and veggies to boil for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the large pot from heat, set the colander with the broccoli aside, and pour the contents of the pot into your Vitamix or food processor. Add the mustard and salt and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the steamed broccoli and pulse until the broccoli is evenly chopped.
  • If the soup is too thick for you, you can whisk in some hot water before serving. Otherwise, pour the soup into 4 large or 6 small bowls and top with a few homemade croutons. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to a week or the freezer for a month. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 18gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 1072mgFiber: 13gSugar: 9g
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Friends, meet our new favorite winter weeknight meal: Cheesy Broccoli Blender Soup! We're kind of obsessed with it right now and think you will be too. It's comforting, flavorful, easy to make, and so chock-full of sneaky, hidden veggies, it will make your head spin. #vegan #oilfree #soup #vitamix // plantpowercouple.com

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12 Comments

    1. Hi, Bobbie. Would sunflower seeds work for you? They're a great sub for cashews, and many with nut allergies don't seem to have a problem with the seeds. If sunflower seeds do work for you, use a 1:1 sub ratio. Hope this helps!
    1. Great question, Becky! There's no actual cheese, vegan or otherwise, in the soup. It does get a tangy cheese flavor and texture from the bouillon and the mix of veggies and cashews used. It's one of those kitchen-magic moments.
  1. I've made lots of vegan broccoli cheddar soups and this is my husband's new favorite. Said it's the closest we've come to 'regular' broccoli cheddar. I trusted the process while throwing frozen cauliflower, a can on chickpeas (which is so convenient), cashews and carrots into a saucepan - and it paid off. Pretty guilt free, too. Thanks! In the last 24 hours I've made the following from your blog: lemon pepper tofu cutlets, condensed cream of chicken soup, chik'n bouillon (my go-to) this broccoli soup, and I have the pot pie on deck. 🙌

    5 stars

    1. I'm so glad you both enjoyed it, Lindsey, and thanks so much for letting us know! You've picked some great recipes to start with, and I think you're really going to enjoy that pot pie! Thank you again for the very nice words. It's really appreciated!
  2. This was just delicious. I used the whole broccoli including the stems (no prob for Vitamix) and boiled them the last 5 minutes instead of steaming. My non vegan friends could not believe no dairy. Just yummy with bread- and as someone else said- no guilt! This is going on my frequent recipe list. Thanks!!

    5 stars

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