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Easy Broccoli Soup ~ Vegan, gluten & dairy-free options

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  Not only is this broccoli soup easy, but it’s also really really good!

I made it for the first time on Christmas Eve a few years ago. I decided I needed to try something different and it was a huge hit! I’ve made it many times since then. I like it best served with sandwiches.

Everyone seems to have a different idea when eating this soup…some add shredded Parmesan cheese, some add seasoned croutons, but most like to dip their sandwiches in this soup!

I topped mine with gluten-free croutons and some Follow Your Heart Parmesan Cheese.  Mmmm…delicious!

If you count weight watcher points, sauté onions and celery in 1 Tbsp butter instead of 2. Divide soup into 6 servings. Each serving is 4.2 points each.

A hand blender works so nicely in pureed soups…and it’s fast!

Ready to serve up in just minutes.

Easy Broccoli Soup             Makes 5-6 servings
1-2 Tbsp non-dairy butter substitute; I used Earth Balance.
1 LG onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 LG celery stock, chopped
1 Tbsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cups chicken broth, or vegetable broth for plant-based diets.
5 cups of broccoli, chopped
3 Tbsp flour, gluten-free if needed
3 Tbsp butter or non-dairy substitute
2 cups 2% milk or non-dairy substitute

Melt 1-2 Tbsp butter or non-dairy substitute in a medium sized saucepan. Add onion, celery and minced garlic. Sauté for about 3 minutes.  Add thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté another minute or so.
Add chopped broccoli and broth. Mix well and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Puree mixture with a hand blender or any other device you have.

In a smaller pan, melt 3 Tbsp butter or non-dairy substitute. Stir in flour, let bubble lightly. Stir in milk or non-dairy substitute. Whisk well. Continue to whisk or stir until the mixture thickens. Add to pureed soup. Mix well and simmer a few minutes before serving.

If you prefer a thinner soup just add more broth to desired consistency.

Top with some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and seasoned croutons. Gluten-free croutons and non-dairy Parmesan cheeses are available in many stores as well.

 

Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  1. Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies and I would love this soup! Thank you SO much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party and have a great week. ;-D

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