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Healthy Vegetarian Recipe For Broccoli Cheese Soup

Fast & Easy Dinner: Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Most broccoli cheese soup recipes are loaded with cream and cheese. Not so with this vegetarian-friendly recipe. The clean, bright flavor of broccoli is most prominent. The only cheese is sprinkled on the finished soup as garnish; however, the soup has a rich, nutty depth thanks to nutritional yeast flakes. This health food store ingredient is popular among vegans and can be used to add a cheesiness to other cream sauces. To learn the uncomplicated method,


Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Healthy Vegetarian Recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup 2009-12-15 09:12:28


  1. 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  2. 2 bunches broccoli, trimmed and coarsely chopped (2 1/2 lb.)
  3. 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  4. 11/2 Tbs. nutritional yeast flakes
  5. 1/8 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  7. 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
  8. 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese


  1. Coat 3-qt. saucepan with cooking spray. Cook onion in saucepan over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add broccoli, vegetable broth, and 2 cups water, and bring to boil. Stir in nutritional yeast, cumin, and nutmeg; reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.
  3. Working in batches, purée soup in food processor until smooth. Return to saucepan.
  4. Stir in half-and-half, and heat over low heat until hot. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbs. cheese.

Serves 8.

Join The Conversation
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I wonder if I could substitute the yeast flakes for bulgar wheat? I know it's not the same, but it would thicken it up and make it more substantial.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
This looks great! Since I'm not a vegetarian I may consider using chicken broth instead of vegetable broth to add more flavor.
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