Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup


This thick and creamy vegan broccoli cheddar soup is comfort food in a bowl… and you only need 7 ingredients to make it!

Secretly Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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A homemade broccoli soup perfect for busy weeknights, because it’s super easy to make.

The recipe is so rich and creamy that no one can ever it isn’t full of butter and heavy cream!

If you’ve ever had the famous broccoli cheddar soup from Panera, this is like the healthier answer to that classic recipe – chopped broccoli and carrot in velvety smooth cheese sauce, made with good-for-you ingredients.

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Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The soup can be all of the following:


Oil Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Keto Friendly


Traditional Panera copycat recipes are normally thickened with flour and call for 1/4 cup of butter, a cup of heavy cream, and a full TWO cups of cheese.

No flour is needed for this lightened-up version, and heart-healthy cashews stand in for the heavy cream, so you get the same rich texture without all the saturated fat.

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My personal favorite way to serve it is with homemade English muffins from the Hello Breakfast ebook.

Serve in bowls, or bread bowls if you want to be super fancy, or it also makes a great sauce over pasta, roasted cauliflower, baked potatoes, or spaghetti squash.

(See How To Cook Spaghetti Squash.)

Leftover soup can be covered and refrigerated 3-4 days, or you can also freeze it to have on hand for a night where you don’t want to cook. The recipe makes a small batch, so feel free to double it!

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Total Time: 20m
Yield: 4 cups


  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2/3 cup finely diced or shredded carrot
  • 3 cups chopped small frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup raw cashews or macadamias
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste, and optional dash pepper and/or nutmeg
  • Either 1 cup cheese shreds, such as Daiya, OR 1/2 cup nutritional yeast


A few hours in advance (or the day before), cover the nuts with some water and let sit 4-6 hours. Drain fully, pat dry, and set aside. In a medium pot, sauté the onion—either in 1 tbsp oil or butter, or with oil spray or a little water—until browned. Add the nuts, carrot, milk, broth, salt, and about 2 cups of the broccoli. Pulverize in a blender or with an immersion blender until completely smooth. Stir in remaining broccoli, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower to a simmer and stir in the cheese shreds (if using) just until melted, continuously stirring. Immediately remove from heat. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. If a thinner soup is desired, feel free to add more broth.

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