Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup

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Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy Recipe
Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy Recipe

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup

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This vegan cream of broccoli soup is a great example of mastering a cooking skill. Cream soup is a technique I first learned about in culinary school. I had always assumed creamed soup meant adding dairy cream. However, this was not the case. As our chef instructor explained, creaming was not an ingredient. Rather, it was a method.

Creamed soup involved pureeing an ingredient in the soup. Sometimes it was potatoes, sometimes corn. For seafood chowder, it was often rice or potatoes. Contrary to what I assumed, it rarely involved dairy. In fact, dairy cream would often thin and cool a hot soup. These are two things you really don’t want. Instead, creaming helps add thickness and more intense flavor.

Try mastering the technique of creamed soup with this healthy, dairy-free cream of broccoli soup recipe. The vegetables are cooked quickly so as not to get brown. In turn, this gives you a more verdant, green soup.

Hearty cannellini beans add plant-based protein and thick texture. A cheesy, umami flavor comes from nutritional yeast flakes.

Once you’ve got this creamed soup technique in your cooking repertoire, you can use it on a variety of vegetables. Try it on yellow cauliflower for a spicy curry. Use it for a smoky potato leek soup. Or try it with zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, roasted beets…the garden’s the limit.

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy Recipe
Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy Recipe

Notes on this Recipe:

Skill Level: Easy
Servings: 4
Ready In: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 cups

This vegan soup has:

  • Simple Flavors
  • Healthy, Green Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Creamy Texture
Broccoli at Austin Farmer’s Market

Chef’ Katie’s Tips: 

Chilled Soup: For a chilled version, don’t add the water during the cooking. Instead, add 2 cups of ice when you puree the soup.

Frozen Broccoli: You can also use frozen broccoli. Use 2 pounds frozen broccoli and add as you do in the recipe above. It will take less time for the broccoli to become tender, about 3-5 minutes.

Freeze the Broccoli Stalks: Anytime you trim broccoli, you can freeze the woody stalks.  When you have about 4 cups chopped, you can make this recipe.

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup

The pure, natural flavor of broccoli shines in this easy, fat-free soup.  The trick to this dairy-free,  gluten-free recipe is creamy white cannellini beans.  They are pureed into the soup for rich texture and healthy protein and fiber.  If you like this, you'll also love 5-Ingredient Creamy Cauliflower Curry SoupCreamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup , and Asparagus Tarragon Pea Soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword beans, broccoli, cheesy, creamy, easy, green, healthy, oil-free, simple
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 116kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • To make the Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup: In a medium pot, combine the carrot, celery, and thyme. Cover and sweat over medium heat until aromatic, 3-5 minutes. If vegetables start to brown, simply add a splash of water and reduce the heat.
  • Add the broccoli, cannellini beans, bay leaf, vegetable stock, and water to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the broccoli is tender, about 8-10 minutes.
    Vegan Cream of Broccoli Super Soup - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy Recipe 2
  • Remove bay leaves. Add nutritional yeast.
  • Use an immersion or a standard blender to puree the mixture until smooth. If the soup seems too thick, add more broth or water.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

Chef’ Katie’s Tips: 

Chilled Soup: For a chilled version, don’t add the water during the cooking. Instead, add 2 cups of ice when you puree the soup.
Frozen Broccoli: You can also use frozen broccoli. Use 2 pounds frozen broccoli and add as you do in the recipe above. It will take less time for the broccoli to become tender, about 3-5 minutes.
Freeze the Broccoli Stalks: Anytime you trim broccoli, you can freeze the woody stalks.  When you have about 4 cups chopped, you can make this recipe.

 


Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 598 mg 25 %
Potassium 364 mg 10 %
Total Carbohydrate 24 g 8 %
Dietary Fiber 8 g 30 %
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 9 g 17 %
Vitamin A 60 %
Vitamin C 93 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 13 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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