Broccoli Cheese Soup | A Cooking Light recipe renovationCreamy, rich broccoli-cheese soup, veganized! This was a super-fast recipe from Cooking Light, and it is crazy-delicious.

The original recipe called for chicken stock, extra-sharp cheddar, and half-and-half. This is still rich and creamy, but with no saturated fat and tons of flavor. I used my own broth from a pot of beany-brothy deliciousness, which made it taste even better. Perfect for lunch on a crisp fall day. While I show it garnished with the suggested flat-leaf parsley, I actually preferred it without the parsley. I liked the creamy texture just on its own.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, reduced-sugar, weight-loss diets

Not for:
low-sodium or migraine diets

Required FTC disclosure: I am part of the Cooking Light Bloggers’ Connection. The broccoli and garlic were sent to me by Melissa’s Produce. I was not paid to write this post.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup | A Cooking Light recipe renovation

Broccoli-cheese soup

Rich hearty soup only tastes decadent, it's super-healthy and quick.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 cups vegetable stock (low-sodium)
  • 1 onions white
  • 1 carrots large
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 broccoli large stalk
  • 3/4 cup soy creamer or MimiCreme, cashew cream
  • 4 ounces cheddar (shredded, vegan) (125 g)


  • Peel and roughly chop the onion.
  • Scrub the carrot and cut into smallish pieces.
  • Smash and peel the garlic cloves.
  • Wash the broccoli and roughly chop.
  • Add everything except the broccoli—through the garlic—to a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 8-10 minutes or until carrots are tender. Add the broccoli and cook for 3-4 minutes, just until tender but still bright green.
  • Pour soup into a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid to allow steam to escape; replace lid. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth, starting on low speed then gradually increasing until high.
  • Stir in soy creamer and half of the cheese, whisking until smooth. Serve topped with additional sprinkle of cheese.