Healthy Roasted Broccoli & Cheese Soup
When I started on Instagram in 2013, there was a huge vegan vibe that I kinda became a part of. I loved the people I met, loved staring at their colorful healthy photos and loved testing new vegan recipes. One of the coolest vegan recipes I tried was making vegan cheese using potatoes and carrots. I thought about it and it made sense…the two starchy vegetables blended together would certainly get the color of cheese and possibly the consistency. It totally worked!! And even though I never became vegan in that time, I was inspired to use that concoction to make traditional cheesy dishes healthier. Enter this healthy roasted broccoli & cheese soup!
It’s possibly the easiest soup recipe you’ll ever make. And guess what, it might even be the healthiest soup recipe you’ll ever make with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Ok, I don’t always have broccoli on hand, but certainly onions, potatoes and carrots. I roasted all the veggies because it gives the cozy, toasty, caramelized notes and it’s easier than stirring it all in a pot. If you prefer to just sauté the onions with the carrots and potatoes, that’s totally fine too. Once you blend everything together and see that cheese-like soup base, you’ll be ready to eat right out of the pot! I added just half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese because it does add that cheesy flavor and consistency we crave in traditional broccoli and cheese soup. You can also use nutritional yeast, which has that cheesy flavor and is loaded with vitamins.
This soup will feel like a diet detox soup with all the flavors we crave in winter and that cheesy goodness. Hello new favorite soup!! But I haven’t forgotten about you Vegetarian Lemon Rice Soup or Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup!
- 4-5 baby yellow potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 4-5 large carrots, sliced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
- 2 Tbsp olive, divided
- Salt/pepper to taste
- 4-6 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast for vegan friendly)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange the sliced baby potatoes, sliced carrots and sliced onions on the baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Roast the potatoes, carrots and onions in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven, add the broccoli and return for 10 to 15 more minutes until the vegetables are fork tender.
- Transfer all the vegetables, except for the broccoli, to a pot and reserve a few roasted vegetables for soup toppings, if desired. Pour the vegetable broth over the roasted vegetables and blend using an immersion blender. Blend until it's completely blended and the mixture is yellow in color and cheesy-looking. Add the broccoli and slightly blend some more.
- Stir in the cheddar cheese (or nutritional yeast) and serve warm, with the roasted vegetables or croutons, if desired.