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The Best Detox Broccoli Cheese Soup


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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings (2-ish cups each)

Description

This creamy, “cheesy”, detox broccoli cheese soup has silky smooth texture and classic broccoli cheese flavor with exactly zero ingredients out of a can. Real food meets comfort food.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 1-2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4-5 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets, in large pieces for easy removal
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast – optional, see notes
  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • croutons see notes

Instructions

  1. Make Soup Base: Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mirepoix, garlic, and potatoes. Saute until softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add Broccoli: Add broccoli, vegetable broth, and almond milk. Simmer until bubbly and broccoli is bright green, about 5 minutes.
  3. Blend Blend Blend: Using tongs, pull out most of the broccoli pieces and set aside. Blend the soup, sans broccoli, to a suuuper creamy, cheesy-looking consistency, and then add the broccoli and just pulse a few times to mix it in. This will likely need to be done in batches. Return to pot; stir in nutritional yeast and salt. Taste and adjust and serve!

Notes

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST AMAZING CROUTONS: Heat 1/4 cup olive oil (more as needed) in a skillet over medium high heat. Add a clove of smashed garlic and let it hang out (WITHOUT browning) for a few minutes. Remove garlic. Add cubed bread (about 6 thick slices cut into chunks) and toss around in the pan until golden brown and chewy/crispy. Drain on paper towels. Season with salt.

FYI, I’ve also casually thrown a spoonful of pesto in there for good measure – it was Level 900 Awesome. Just saying.

If the blended soup looks too thick for you, just add an additional 1/2 cup or so of liquid.

Nutritional yeast is not necessary for texture, but it adds a yummy, salty, cheesy flavor and some extra vitamins, too.

Nutrition doesn’t include croutons.