Chickpea Cheezy Broccoli Soup (Vegan, GF)
This cheezy broccoli soup is rich & creamy but loaded with veggies and plant-based protein! Healthy, vegan, & gluten-free comfort food made in one pot.
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 ribs of celery diced
- 2 carrots julienned
- 3 cups chopped broccoli florets and stems separated
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth*
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ cup vegan shredded cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
Add chickpeas and water to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat and add onions and garlic. Sauté for a minute or two to soften, then add carrots, celery, and chopped broccoli stems and cook for another minute. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
Add nutritional yeast and stir to combine with the veggies.
Add chickpea mixture, vegetable broth, and spices. Bring to a boil, then add broccoli florets and lower to simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes or until broccoli florets are tender.
Mix in vegan cheese and continue to simmer another 2 minutes, stirring frequently to melt the cheese. Once the cheese has melted into the soup, turn off the heat, and add salt/pepper to taste.