The last few rainy and cold days here in Chicago had me craving soup! What’s your favorite soup on a rainy day? It has been ages since I had a good bowl of broccoli cheddar soup so I thought I would recreate a recipe I could share here. Rather than doing a traditional broccoli cheddar with cheese and milk, I made a vegan version which is just as creamy and delicious. The secret to the creaminess in this version is canned coconut milk and pureed potato and carrot. You won’t even miss the cheese!
One recipe makes enough for 5 large filling bowls of soup. To serve, I topped each bowl with a few croutons and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Mmmm…. I enjoyed some of the leftovers for lunch at work and thought the flavor only got better with time.
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced (~6.5 oz)
- 1 large russet potato, peeled and cubed (~10 oz)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 3 small heads of broccoli, chopped (18.5 oz, 5 cups chopped)
- 3 cups vegetable broth or water
- 1 (15 oz.) can full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste (start with ¼ teaspoon each and adjust as needed)
- To serve: croutons, smoked paprika, vegan shredded cheese
- Fill a saucepan with 1" water and add steamer basket. Bring to a boil and add the carrots and potato to a steamer basket. Cover and cook until fork tender, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and allow to cool off for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the olive oil and onion to a large pot. Saute for 3-5 minutes or until onion is translucent and tender. Stir in the broccoli, broth, and milk. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the yeast, paprika, and soy sauce to the food processor with the carrots and potato. Puree until smooth and stir into the pot with the broccoli. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until mixture is starting to simmer. Stir in the red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Pour about ½ of the soup into the same food processor and blend until smooth OR use an immersion blender to puree some of the soup. (I still like to leave some broccoli pieces whole).
- Once soup is hot, divide into bowls and top with croutons, paprika, vegan cheese or whatever other toppings you have on hand.