Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup

June 18, 2017

Healthy Broccoli Soup by Of Houses and Trees | Thick and creamy vegan broccoli soup... without the cream. Safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike. And it's delicious too!Mmmm… soup. I am definitely a fan. Winter or summer, day or night, I’d eat soup seven days a week if I could. And I can. Because I’m an adult and although that comes with all sorts of annoying “responsibilities” it also comes with the freedom to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. (Within reason… and often not within reason at all. Hello, leftover pizza for breakfast.) And sometimes I want to eat thick and creamy soup… without the cream.

Yes. That’s right. No cream. Which means no dairy. Which means safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike. How is this possible, you say? It’s creamy, but there’s no cream? Well, my friends, let me tell you about a life-changing cooking technique called “roux.” Some of you may already be familiar – particularly if you’ve made gravy before. I myself had used it many a times to make gravy in the past before discovering it actually has a name. But, honestly, I thought it was just a gravy thing and didn’t realize until the last year or so that it can be used in so very many applications. Including the creation of a healthy broccoli soup… that’s also creamy and vegan!

First of all, you heat up a fat (drippings or vegetable oil or butter, but of course I use vegan margarine).Then you add in an equal amount of flour. You stir until it thickens. Voila. A roux. Other than as a base for a creamy soup, I’ve also used this technique to make vegan gravy and not-so-vegan alfredo sauce. I believe I even once used it to make chocolate sauce, but maybe that was just a dream… But enough about chocolate sauce. Let’s move on to the equally delicious healthy broccoli soup. (I’m not even kidding about the delicious part. Because I love broccoli and I love soup. Bingo bango.)

A creamy vegan healthy broccoli soup.


Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 10 minutes / Total Time: 20 minutes / Serves: 4

Cuisine: North American / Description: Healthy Broccoli Soup / Dietary Info: Dairy Free, Meat Free, Sugar Free

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance. Because it’s the bomb.)

1/3 cup all purpose flour

5 cups vegetable broth

5 cups broccoli, chopped (I use both the florets and the stems.)

1/8 tsp salt

pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Add margarine to a medium sized pot and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and flour, whisking to create a smooth paste. Wait for edges of paste to begin bubbling.

2. Slowly add broth while continuing to stir. Add salt and pepper.

3. Add broccoli and boil over medium-high heat until broccoli softens, approximately 10 minutes.

4. Reserve 1 cup of broccoli and blend the rest. Add blended soup and reserved broccoli back to pot, stir and serve.

Notes:

You can double the above recipe and then freeze half. Or just eat it all in one day… which I never do. Nope.


Do you eat soup any day, any time or is it more of a cold days only kind of thing? What’s your favourite soup? Tell me about it in the comments and share the recipe if you have it. If you want more recipes by me plus info on healthy eating checkout my other Real Life Food posts. And please subscribe so you don’t miss any future recipes as well as posts on architecture, interior design, DIY projects, sustainability, home decor, crafts and gardening.

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Healthy Broccoli Soup | Thick and creamy vegan broccoli soup... without the cream. Safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike. And it's delicious too!

2 thoughts on “Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup

  • June 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    Mmmmm… I will attest to the deliciousness of this soup. I too, can eat soup anytime. For lunch or for supper and it definitely doesn’t matter what season it is. Homemade is always best and even better when its made by someone other than me.

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    • July 3, 2017 at 7:58 am
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      I agree about things tasting better when someone else cooks it. I do love cooking, but there’s just something about eating someone else’s creation! One of my favourite memories from childhood is coming home after school to a pot of hot soup on the stove. And, of course, rumple buns baking in the oven!

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