This delicious vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe with cashew cream is so comforting and filling, you will never miss the “real” thing. I always go back for seconds with this soup!
My love of broccoli cheese soup began when I was a young teenager hanging out at the mall in the 1990s. My local mall, The Steamtown Mall (made famous by The Office), had a standard American restaurant called “The Ground Round” (similar to “Applebee’s”). My go-to order on shopping trips with my friends (we were total mall rats) was their broccoli cheese soup in a mini crockpot, with added broccoli bits, cheddar cheese shavings and puffy oyster crackers.
After taking on a mostly vegan diet, I knew I wanted to perfect my own vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe to give me all those nostalgic feelings. It took me several years and numerous trials to arrive at a vegan version as luxurious as the one I remembered from my youth, without being too decadent. Now, I love eating this for lunch because it’s not overloaded with ingredients but keeps me full all day.
Note: this vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe was adapted from a cookbook of one of my favorite vegan chefs, Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way. Chef Chloe Coscarelli is a nationally-renowned and award-winning vegan chef (she won Cupcake Wars!) with a beautiful spirit, and I couldn’t recommend Chloe’s Kitchen more highly. My version of this recipe has cashew cream (in order to thicken the soup), less vegetable broth and less non-dairy milk, a bit more lemon juice, and onion powder instead of chopped onion.
I played around with different ratios of cashews to water in my vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe to attain a consistency that was thicker than liquid and somewhat decadent, but not too decadent. However, if you prefer a texture that is more or less decadent, you can play around with it as well.
About Nutritional Yeast
And for anyone new to vegan cooking, I wanted to quickly explain that nutritional yeast is how many vegan dishes get a non-dairy “cheesy” flavor. It has an odd name, but I assure you that it looks just like grated cheese and is packed with a good source of protein and B Vitamins. It’s also gluten-free. Even my non-vegan husband sprinkles it on his food all the time!
My pick: This specific Bragg Nutritional Yeast is a popular and trustworthy brand that I most often use.
How to Make Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup
This vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe is my go-to soup recipe for a comforting soup. I hope you enjoy the added creaminess as much as I do!
Shop the Recipe
As a reminder, you can quickly and easily shop for the ingredients for this recipe on Amazon / Whole Foods:
- Bragg Nutritional Yeast (my top pick)
- Oyster crackers
- NutriBullet (one of my favorite kitchen gadgets)
- Ninja blender (check for sales!)
Vegan Soup Book Pairings
And since this is a blog “where books meet lifestyle,” I also recommend you check out these vegan soup cookbooks for more.
Related Vegan Recipe Posts
And if you enjoy vegan food, check out more of my simple vegan (and mostly gluten-free) recipes:
- Creamy tortellini soup
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- Philly cheesesteaks
- Spring Pasta with lemon, asparagus, peas & mushrooms
- 15-minute chocolate chip cookies
- Banana oat bars with blueberries and walnuts
- Easy Red Sangria
- Warm Mulled Wine
- Apple cranberry crisp with oatmeal topping
- “Shrimp” and grits
- Quick one pot red beans and rice
- 12+ quick vegan meals for dinner or lunch
- Roasted cauliflower & leek soup
- Vegetable casserole with baked veggies
- Pasta primavera with red sauce
Pin this vegan broccoli cheese soup recipe to Pinterest because you can refer back to it when you are in the mood for a comforting soup.