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
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!)
Related Vegan Soup Recipe Posts
And if you enjoy vegan food, check out more of my simple vegan (and mostly gluten-free) soup recipes:
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!