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“Cheesy” Broccoli Soup (WFPB)

Potatoes make this soup creamy and satisfying, carrots give it a cheesy color without cheese, coconut milk OR cashews give it creaminess (with or without nuts–two options!), smoked paprika and a little lemon juice give it excellent flavor, and broccoli makes it extra healthy while adding variety of texture to the soupy-smooth base.

Pick up a couple sourdough bread bowls from the bakery or make your own, and you have a comforting meal that will delight every member of your family. I love that this type of soup uses common pantry and freezer ingredients that I usually have. When I’m out of fresh stuff, I can use a bag of frozen broccoli and potatoes and still have a vegetable-based meal.

Enjoy this special soup! If you make it, please come back and leave a rating and review or tag me on social media!

Here are some of my other hands-down favorite soup recipes:

Zuppa Toscana

Corn Chowder with Coconut “Bacon”

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

Crock Pot Black Bean Soup


5 from 1 vote
"Cheesy" Broccoli Soup (WFPB, Vegan)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins

Vegetable-laden and flavorful soup that hits the spot, in a bread bowl or not. Uses common pantry and freezer ingredients that you may have on hand right now.

Servings: 4 large bowls
Author: Faithful Plateful
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup cashews or coconut milk
  • 4 large gold or russet potatoes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen broccoli (or 1 lb fresh)
For serving (optional)
  • 4 small sourdough or whole wheat bread bowls
  • saltine crackers or croutons
  1. Saute mirepoix (onions, carrots, celery) in a large pot or dutch oven in a few tablespoons of water for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, broth, potatoes and cashews (if using). Bring to a boil and let boil until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork (about 10-13 minutes). Boiling the cashews in there helps them blend smoothly.

  2. Meanwhile, while soup is cooking, steam the broccoli florets in a medium-sized pot in an inch of water. Drain and rinse in cold water so they are not too hot to handle. Chop into small pieces. Set aside.

  3. Into the pot of boiling potatoes, add the nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, coconut milk (if using), and juice of the lemon. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth (or, ladle it carefully into a regular blender and blend until smooth). Do not overblend, as it can make the potatoes have a gluey texture. Stir the cooked, chopped broccoli into the soup. Save a few broccoli florets to add as garnish on top of each bowl of soup, if you want to be fancy.

  4. Serve in hollowed-out sourdough bread bowls (warmed in the oven), or with croutons or crackers, if desired.

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