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Broccoli Soup Recipe

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Broccoli soup in white bowls on counter

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

40 minutes

Yield

6

This super easy one-pot broccoli soup is a comforting bowl of goodness that will keep you warm all winter long.

This broccoli soup is your dream come true. When I posted about it in my Instagram stories, everyone commented saying how much they really missed a traditional broccoli cheese soup. Broccoli cheese soup is so damn comforting. It’s so flavorful, and is an underrated soup in general. So I wanted to create my own version of the infamous broccoli soup recipe. 

A comforting bowl of Broccoli Soup sitting on wooden table and topped with 2 slices of toasted bread.

Why you’ll love this Broccoli Soup: 

  • Easy: It’s easy and can be made in one-pot quickly. It’s also foolproof – not even the worst cook can screw this one up 
  • Yummy: It’s delicious and loaded with flavor
  • Nostalgic: It’s comforting and takes you back to your childhood, it’s one of those meals that’ll put you straight in a time machine as a kid on a ski trip or after a long day playing in the snow, warming your insides with this yummy Broccoli Soup

Fun Fact! There are some hidden nutrients in this soup, lots of friggin’ kale! But you will never know and neither will your family & kids. 

A comforting bowl of Broccoli Soup sitting on wooden table and topped with 2 slices of toasted bread.

Ingredients for broccoli soup on counter

Ingredient Notes:

Obviously a key ingredient in this soup is the broccoli. Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K & C, plus a good source of folic acid, potassium, and fiber. All of these add some great health benefits to this Broccoli Soup recipe. 

Vitamin K – essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting

Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. It is also a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals

Fiber – keep that poop moving and your cholesterol low

Potassium – this mineral and electrolyte will keep your nerves and heart happy

Folate – necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body

Tip: The best part of this Broccoli Soup is that it’s a great way to trick your kids into eating vegetables. The dairy- cheese and milk really makes this soup creamy and yummy, and for all those picky eaters in the house, they won’t even know they are eating kale and broccoli. 

How to make broccoli soup: 

Oil added to pot for soup

Broccoli added to pot for broccoli soup

1. To a large pot add your olive oil and heat on medium-high heat for 1 minute before adding onions.  Cook the onions for 7 minutes or until translucent.  Into the pot add your garlic and potatoes.  Cook them for 5 minutes while stirring often to avoid burning.  Scrape any brown bits that develop at the base of the pot with a wooden spoon.  Add your broccoli and cook for around 15 minutes, with lid on, on medium-low heat.

2. Go ahead and add your green kale and cook for 2 minutes.

Cooking vegan broccoli soup in pot

3. Increase heat to high and add your vegetable stock, salt and pepper.  Bring soup to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.

4. Once potatoes are tender and the milk and stir till well combined.  Remove soup from heat and blend in a high-speed blender till smooth and creamy. You can also enjoy chunky or blended half and half, the choice is yours.

Blended broccoli soup

5. Return the blended soup to the pot and stir in your cheese of choice. Stir till melted and till perfectly silky! Test for seasoning before serving.  If the soup is too thick or rich, just add more vegetable stock and stir till well combined and heat till hot throughout.

Broccoli soup in white bowls on counter

6. Serve with fresh garlic bread and top with cracked pepper and a small drizzling of olive oil!

7. Before plating check for seasoning. To serve, scoop and top with chickpeas, fresh cilantro and a drizzling of olive oil.

Close-up of Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup ready to eat with 2 slices of toasted baguette.

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

A few tips to make sure you make the best damn soup you’ve ever had? Here you go: 

  • Be patient when cooking down the onions as they’re crucial in nailing the best flavor 
  • Steam the broccoli in the pot until it’s soft before adding the good quality oat milk
  • Use Chao Cheese and Daiya (cutting board collection) if you want to make a dairy-free version of this broccoli soup recipe. This is important for the best, creamiest dairy-free soup
  • Blend until smooth and until the kale is hardly noticeable 

One big creamy bowl of Broccoli Soup ready to eat with a drizzle of olive oil and toasted bread.

Other yummy soups you’ll love:

What recipe would you like me to create a vegan spin on? Share below in the comments!

Broccoli Soup Recipe

5 from 16 votes
This super easy one-pot broccoli soup is a comforting bowl of goodness that will keep you warm all winter long.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large sweet white onion roughly chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup mini potato halved
  • 3 heads of broccoli stemmed and stalked trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cups of green kale roughly chopped
  • 6-8 cups of unsalted vegetable stock enough just to cover the vegetables
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favourite meltable regular or vegan cheese

Instructions
 

  • To a large pot add your olive oil and heat on medium-high heat for 1 minute before adding onions.  Cook the onions for 7 minutes or until translucent.  Into the pot add your garlic and potatoes.  Cook them for 5 minutes while stirring often to avoid burning.  Scrape any brown bits that develop at the base of the pot with a wooden spoon.  Add your broccoli and cook for around 15 minutes, with lid on, on medium-low heat.
  • Go ahead and add your green kale and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Increase heat to high and add your vegetable stock, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes.  Bring soup to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Once potatoes are tender and the oat milk and stir till well combined.  Remove soup from heat and blend in a high-speed blender till smooth and creamy. You can also enjoy chunky or blended half and half, the choice is yours.
  • Return the blended soup to the pot and stir in your vegan cheese of choice.  Stir till melted and till perfectly silky! Test for seasoning before serving.  If the soup is too thick or rich, just add more vegetable stock and stir till well combined, and heat till hot throughout.
  • Serve with fresh garlic bread and top with cracked pepper and a small drizzling of olive oil!
  • Before plating check for seasoning. To serve, scoop and top with chickpeas, fresh cilantro, and a drizzling of olive oil.

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Notes

Be patient when cooking down the onions as they're crucial in nailing the best flavour
Steam the broccoli in the pot until it's soft before adding the good quality oat milk
Use Chao Cheese and Daiya (cutting board collection) - this is important for the best, creamiest dairy-free soup
Blend until smooth and until the kale is hardly noticeable

Nutrition

Serving: 6 | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.5g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 977.8mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6.2g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Mila

5 stars
Love the soup! Is it okay to add ANY other vegtables to it? What do you reccomend?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hi Mila, I reccomend adding cauliflower (for creaminess), potatoes, leek, caramelized onions, some spinach! You can add almost anything that isnt TOO wild in flavour (like bell peppers as it may take away from the comfoting creaminess), even saute these different veggies and mix in afterwards! SO delicious! 🙂

Katie

5 stars
This is my GO-TO soup! You’re the best Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re the best! Thanks love!!

Debra H.

5 stars
Hi Maria! Thanks for the soup- so delicious!! I LOVE making it with this smoked vegan cheddar I found and serving it with crackers too! You should try it!! 🙂

Maria Koutsogiannis

WHAT?! Sounds so insane and delicious! I will try it Debra!! Thanks for the tip

Natalie Volke

5 stars
My kids dont like broccoli, but love this soup lol! Thanks so much Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome! Happy they love it 🙂 get your greens!!

David P.

5 stars
THIS SOUP IS INSANE!

Maria Koutsogiannis

THANKS DAVID!

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