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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Have extra broccoli or plant-based cheddar to use up? Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup! I absolutely love this soup. It is comfort food and a great way to use up my extra homemade plant-based cheddar. Sure, you can make it from store-bought cheddar too.

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For this recipe, I use two bags, which is way beyond what I cited in the recipe, of frozen broccoli florets. You can make the soup yours by adding even more carrots as well. I like a thick soup. This soup I thicken w/ the veggies.

Well, without further ado, find the recipe below!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Plant-based)

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. no-chicken broth powder
  • 1 tsp. liquid aminos
  • Quarter-sized mustard green sprouts
  • 4 Tbs. plant-based butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Monk’s pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. plain plant-based milk (almond, coconut, soy)
  • 3 c. chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 large carrot, julienned or finely chopped
  • 2 c. plant-based cheddar cheese, shredded or soft (store-bought or homemade)

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, add water, no-chicken broth powder, liquid aminos, and mustard green sprouts and blend until fully combined. Set aside.
  2. Melt the plant-based butter in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium heat and add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until translucent.  Then add garlic and cook for another minute.  Add salt and pepper substitute (Monk’s) and then flour and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until the flour is cooked. 
  3. Slowly pour in the milk and blended broth mixture, whisking continuously.
  4. Add broccoli, carrot, and cheese to the pot, stir, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir until cheese is melted and the soup is creamy.  Adjust seasonings, if needed.
  5. Enjoy!

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