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bowl of vegan broccoli cheddar soup topped with pretzels

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This recipe for Cozy Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup is full of vegetables and perfect for a weeknight! Inspired by Panera, this will be a family favorite.


Units Scale
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced finely
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, made in florets (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium golden potato, chopped in bite sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 medium head broccoli, cup into florets (about 2 cups)
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • Pretzels, to top


  1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, sauté onion for 5 minutes until golden. Add garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, a few twists of pepper, and dried thyme. Cook for 30 seconds more, stirring frequently to insure it does not burn.
  2. Add cauliflower, potato, carrots, and broth to pot. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are soft (about 15 minutes). Remove soup from pot, add to a blender, and process until creamy. Alternatively, use an immersion blender to blend.
  4. Pour smooth soup back into pot and add nondairy milk and nutritional yeast. Mix well and adjust seasonings if need be. Turn heat to low.
  5. Add broccoli. Let soup warm for 5-10 minutes more and serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice and some pretzel pieces.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: One sixth of recipe
  • Calories: 95.2 calories
  • Sugar: 4.3 grams
  • Sodium: 161.7 milligrams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.8 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 17.6 grams
  • Fiber: 4.6 grams
  • Protein: 5.9 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams