Who doesn't love the taste of delicious creamy vegan broccoli soup? Before going vegan I didn't eat much broccoli. I never quite liked the taste. But I recently started experimenting with this super versatile vegetable and soup is definitely one of the best ways to put broccoli to use.
I love broccoli and stilton soup but obviously, as a vegan, I don't touch stilton anymore. But if you purchase some vegan cheddar and add it to the creamy broccoli soup, you will get a delicious cheesy tasting soup which makes you happy.
By experimenting with broccoli, I also discovered that fresh parsley in combination with creamy vegan broccoli soup is a match made in heaven. The freshness from the herb brings out the taste of broccoli from the soup.
There's something magical about that combination. But it's not for everyone, as my husband is not a huge fan of fresh herbs, for example. That's why I added fresh parsley as an optional ingredient for this soup.
My favourite trick to this creamy broccoli soup is adding a little oat milk to it. The sweetness of the oat, combined with the saltiness of the vegan cheese, make this soup perfect. In fact, I barely add any salt to it at the end, as it's well seasoned by all the combined ingredients.
Do you want to know the secret of making the perfect creamy vegan broccoli soup? Steamed broccoli!
By steaming the broccoli you actually preserve its taste so much better. Add it to the soup and simmer for 5-10 minutes and I promise, your broccoli soup will taste a lot more intense than before.
If you don't have a way to steam the broccoli before, you can simply simmer the broccoli florets in the coup's broth for a little longer before adding it to the blender. Both versions work well, I just prefer the steamed version.
Let's talk about Broccoli?
Broccoli is an edible green in the cabbage family. The word broccoli comes from Italian which means the flowering crests of a cabbage.
Broccoli is a vegetable from the sixth century BC from the northern Mediterranean. There is evidence that broccoli was consumed since the time of the Roman Empire. It's an excellent source of Vitamin C and K and it can be eaten raw or cooked.
I am a strong believer that steamed broccoli tastes amazing and that's how I like to incorporate in my food.
How to make creamy vegan broccoli soup?
Break the broccoli head into florets. Steam the broccoli florets until soft and tender. Set aside.
Heat up a little olive oil in a non-stick soup pot. Add the onion and fry until translucent. Add the crushed garlic and continue frying for another minute.
Add the broccoli florets and the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the dried herbs, grated vegan cheese and oat milk and let it simmer for another 3-5 minutes until the cheese is fully melted.
Remove from the heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and using a blender, whiz it all together until it becomes a lovely vegan broccoli cream. Make sure to check so you don't have any remaining lumps. Add a little more oat milk if you need your soup to be runnier.
You can serve it with a little warm bread on the side. That's it. Quick, easy and delicious creamy vegan broccoli soup.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.