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April 4, 2022

by Alyssa

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup

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This vegan creamy broccoli soup is chock full of veggies for a light yet satisfying meal. You’ll never believe this velvety smooth, cheesy soup is made without dairy!

Overhead view of creamy vegan broccoli soup in white bowl garnished with broccoli florets

If you’ve been disappointed by vegan broccoli soup in the past, this recipe won’t let you down. Pureed vegetable soups have a tendency to be pretty anemic and meh—and this is especially true when they’re made without heavy cream to add texture and body. 

Well, I’ve found the secret to making a vegan creamy broccoli soup that’s actually creamy.

What Makes This Soup Creamy?

Let's break it down!

  • Raw cashews: We've talked about how, when blended, raw cashews add the most amazing creamy texture to recipes (see: How to Make Cashew Cream). We've used them in soups, desserts, smoothies and more and they're our first key to the creamy puzzle.
  • Almond milk: The second key to our puzzle is a non-dairy milk. No surprise, but an easy way to add a bit of creaminess instead of just sticking to veggie broth or water
  • Zucchini: This is the out there one, but it totally works! When you blend up zucchini it gets super creamy and smooth (I use it in smoothies all the time) and it's great in this soup. Plus, it has pretty much zero flavor so you're not affecting that at all either!
Spoon in bowl of creamy broccoli soup, garnished with broccoli florets and red pepper flakes

What You’ll Need

Here’s everything you’ll need to pick up to make this dreamy, creamy broccoli soup!

  • Olive oil
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic – I used 2 cloves, but if you like your soup extra garlicky, feel free to add more!
  • Broccoli florets
  • Raw cashews – Since they’re going to be blended up anyway, save yourself some money and buy cashew pieces instead of pricier whole cashews.
  • Vegetable broth
  • Water
  • Almond milk – You can use another variety of plant-based milk here if you prefer. Just make sure it’s unflavored!
  • Nutritional yeast – This is key for that hint of cheesy flavor!
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

How Do You Cut Broccoli for Soup?

I buy broccoli florets to make this soup, which means you don’t have to cut it at all! If you buy broccoli crowns instead, simply use your hands or a knife to break it into roughly 2-inch florets. If you buy whole stalks of broccoli, you can use both the florets and the stems; just peel off any tough skin first.

Overhead view of broccoli soup ingredients simmering in Dutch oven

How to Make Vegan Creamy Broccoli Soup

I should also mention that this broccoli soup is quick and easy—this is not the kind of soup that needs to simmer for hours! Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Sauté the vegetables. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Add the zucchini, carrots, onion, and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer. Add the broccoli, cashews, broth, and water. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.

Puree and finish. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pot and stir in the almond milk, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Heat the soup if needed and season to taste before serving.

Creamy vegan broccoli soup in white bowl with broccoli florets and red pepper flakes

What Can I Use to Puree Soup?

There are 3 methods you can use to puree soup:

1. Blender 

This is my favorite method of pureeing soup since it has the best results and it’s the quickest. I use my Vitamix a3500, but any blender should work. Remember, depending on the size of your jar, you might need to blend in batches!

2. Immersion Blender

This is my next favorite method and it also happens to be the cheapest. Immersion blenders do a great job pureeing soup, but they don't get it quite as smooth as a traditional blender. (With the cashews in this creamy broccoli soup, an immersion blender won’t work here—you need the soup completely pureed so you’re not chewing on bits of nuts!)

3. Food Processor

food processor can work to puree soups, but you won't get it nearly as smooth as you do with a blender and you’ll almost certainly need to work in several batches, which can be a hassle.

Spoon going into bowl of vegan creamy broccoli soup

Can I Puree Hot Soup?

No! It’s dangerous to puree piping hot soup in a blender. Here are some tips to help you puree soup safely.

  • Allow your soup to cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes before blending. You can always warm it up a bit after blending if you have to.
  • Unless you’re using an immersion blender, blend in batches.
  • Only fill your blender jar to the max liquid level indicated on the outside.
  • Use a dishtowel over the top of the blender so any steam or soup residue doesn't burn you.
  • Make sure your lid is secured and don't walk away from the machine while it’s blending.

Basically, let it cool and use common sense to avoid getting burned or having a massive mess to clean up.

Spoon in bowl of creamy broccoli soup

Serving Suggestions

I love serving this vegan broccoli soup with some gluten-free toast and a little roasted broccoli on top. It's also fabulous with a drizzle of olive oil, a crack of fresh pepper and some red pepper flakes for a little heat!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

You can store creamy broccoli soup in an airtight container in your fridge for 3 to 4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

This soup can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 6 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator and then warm it up on the stovetop, or reheat it from frozen in the microwave.

Closeup of spoonful of creamy vegan broccoli soup

More Easy Vegan Soup Recipes

Vegan Creamy Broccoli Soup

This vegan creamy broccoli soup is chock full of veggies for a light yet satisfying meal. You’ll never believe this velvety smooth, cheesy soup is made without dairy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 168kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
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Spoon going into bowl of vegan creamy broccoli soup
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 zucchini , chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 carrots , chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ½ onion , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 – 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper as needed

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Once hot add the zucchini, carrots, onion and garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the broccoli, raw cashews, vegetable broth, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the broccoli is soft.
  • Transfer this mixutre to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture back into the pot and stir in the almond milk, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Taste and add a touch more salt and pepper if needed (or red pepper flakes if you like spice!).

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Notes

How to store: Store creamy broccoli soup in an airtight container in your fridge for 3 to 4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.
How to freeze: This soup can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 6 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator and then warm it up on the stovetop, or reheat it from frozen in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4196IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Do you think it would be ok to replace the cashews with coconut milk to add creaminess. I am not allowed to have any nuts right now but this soup looks delicious!

  2. This soup looks so vibrant and colourful but unfortunately I found the nutritional yeast too overpowering and I halved the suggested quantity. I’ll definitely make it again but might skip the yeast. Thanks for sharing!

  3. So how many minutes do the carrots and zucchini need to cook for before moving on to step 2? I can’t have onion or garlic (will be subbing for infused oil), so I can’t judge it on “until the garlic is fragrant.” Thanks!

  4. Very good but I needed to add more spices like Penzey’s Mural of Flavor and Sunny Spain. Mine was green and not the pretty orange color in the photos. But a keeper to make again.

  5. I really want to make this recipe but I can’t find the measurements anyway for any of the ingredients? The video only lists food names. Please can you help?

    • We were having some web issues the last few days, but it should be all set now 🙂 thank you for your understanding!

  6. The soup was very tasty! I didn’t have zucchini on hand, subbed organic celery instead. It was delicious! Thank you 🙂

  7. This had been on my list to try forever, and finally got around to cooking it tonight with my new dutch oven I got for Christmas. Holy YUM! I didn’t blend it down so much that it was pure liquid, I left very minor chunks and I’m so glad I did, I love it. My only issue was pouring the soup from the heavy dutch oven into the blender without making a mess 🙂 Thank you!

    • So glad you enjoyed it! I tend to have to scoop my soup out of the pan and then pour when it’s mostly gone 🙂

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  9. Had a head of broccoli to use up so found you via a google search (although I only had sweet potato instead of carrots, and oat milk instead of almond). This was tasty and satisfying, so now I have to try ALL your soups! Thank you.

  10. I just made this and the flavor is good but it’s a bit thinner than I would like. I’m going to continue cooking it down hoping to get it a little thicker.

    • Yeah mine was on the thinner side too since there wasn’t any cheese to thicken 🙂 you could also try to add a touch of flour to thicken it slightly!

  11. Hi please can you tell me the equivalent grams weight and mls volume for one cup in your recipe. Thanks Marilyn

  12. I made this soup tonight and it was super easy to throw together! Creamy deliciousness! Even my picky teenager ate a good amount! Thanks Alyssa!

  13. Hi, looks delicious. In the video, you added nutritional yeast during cooking as well as towards the end. How much is to be added during cooking?

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